Some of the most entertaining and awkward moments in celebrity reality shows come right at the beginning, when the contestants meet each other for the first time. Many of them struggle to recognise each other, because…well, they’re not that famous. And they’re certainly not widely celebrated.

I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2017 features one or two genuinely accomplished people, but there’s also a somebody’s father, a somebody’s wife, a somebody-from-Coronation-Street, a somebody-from-Hollyoaks, a footballer-who-was-quite-famous-20 years-ago and the usual quota of people appearing in a reality TV show who became famous by appearing in other reality TV shows.

This year’s most controversial jungle dweller may well be Kezia Dugdale, a Scottish politician who served as leader of the Labour Party in Scotland from August 2015 to August 2017. Controversial because some voters and political opponents have criticised her decision to seek TV fame while serving as a member of the Scottish Parliament. In fairness Dugdale has pledged to donate her TV fee to charity but it still begs the question, should a politician use their position as a platform to seek personal fame?

People want to have trust in their leaders, not because of party loyalty but because we want to believe that things work. When we get up in the morning, we want to know we can turn on the tap and water will flow. We want to know the car engine will start, and the road will be clear enough for us to get where we need to go. And at the end of the week or month we want to get paid, accurately and on time.

Appearing on a reality TV show is far from the worst thing a British politician can do to jeopardise public trust. When details of MP expenses claims were leaked in 2009, real anger swept the country over taxpayer money being used frivolously and fraudulently. Rebuilding public confidence was crucial to the newly formed Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA). IPSA was given three major objectives: to regulate MPs expenses, to administer and pay those expenses and to pay the salaries of MPs and their staff. They needed to get things right. They needed to show people that things worked.

That’s why they turned to Jane Systems.

Since 2010, Jane HR and payroll software has managed the complexity of central government requirements, delivered accuracy and transparency and been a key element in rebuilding confidence. The bottom line? IPSA considers Jane a partner they can trust unreservedly, and Jane continues to earn that trust every day.

Whether you’re a politician, a celebrity or one of the millions who come to work every day and ask only to be paid accurately for your efforts, you’re entitled to know that things are being done properly. With Jane Systems, they will be. We’ll help you navigate the payroll jungle.

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