AM calls for civic lunches to end

First published in News

SOUTH Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle has renewed calls for Welsh local authorities to consider ending annual lunches for civic leaders of other councils.

The former leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council said it is difficult to justify continuing the shindigs when authorities are having to make multi-million pound cuts in services.

A Plaid Cymru supporter’s request under the Freedom of Information Act found that while local authorities in North Wales did not hold the civic dinners the practice continued to be widespread in South Wales.

Mr Whittle said: “Times have changed and while the cost of these functions is very, very small, this is about the image these types of functions give to the public.

“I know local authorities have cut back on this type of spending in recent years, ending handing out gifts to guests. In Caerphilly, the Plaid-controlled authority stopped laying on a special lunch for the consorts of mayors or chairs because it was unnecessary while accepting the support they give their partners.

“I’ve never really been convinced that there is need to hold an annual shindig for fellow civic leaders and with the current spending cuts it is very difficult to justify them to the public.

“There are plenty of ways in which local authorities can work together and learn from each other without the need for these annual get-togethers. And obviously local authorities in North Wales, in particular, seem to get by without holding these functions.”

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12:55pm Tue 29 Jul 14

gingertom says...

Here, here!

https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1031

By geraint williams:
We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to scrap Councillors’ salaries. With cuts to public services and increases in council tax it is right that councillors share the burden by having their salaries scrapped and replaced with payments of reimbursement only, much like magistrates. This will help to make savings in expensive local democracy.
Here, here! https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1031 By geraint williams: We call on the National Assembly for Wales to urge the Welsh Government to scrap Councillors’ salaries. With cuts to public services and increases in council tax it is right that councillors share the burden by having their salaries scrapped and replaced with payments of reimbursement only, much like magistrates. This will help to make savings in expensive local democracy. gingertom
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