More Gwent council staff earning over £100k

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THE five Gwent councils paid a total of 20 council employees more than £100,000 last year, figures released by a pressure group have shown.

It is two more than received that total the year before, bucking a national trend which saw the number of council staff receiving over that sum decline by five per cent across the UK.

Torfaen council employed most staff who received more than £100,000 from the authorities, the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) found.

Last year it employed six people, up from five people the year before, who received more than that total. They included its chief executive, Alison Ward, who received a total of £137,551 after her salary, other payments and the authority’s pension contributions were taken into account.

But a council spokesman said: “The chief executive and senior staff manage an organisation with a budget in excess of £250 million that delivers hundreds of different services to the residents of Torfaen. These vital public services, which include social care, education, public protection and waste, impact on people’s everyday lives.”

Blaenau Gwent and Caerphilly councils also saw the number of staff receiving more than £100,000 increase.

Caerphilly council employed one more member of staff on more than £100,000 from the year before. The various people who have acted as chief executive, deputy chief executive and director of education were the best paid officers – being given £198,026, £159,243 and £139,669 respectively.

The figures were released as part of the TPA’s Town Hall Rich List. The highest remuneration package in Wales was received by Jonathan House, Cardiff council’s chief executive, who received £258,006.

The TPA’s chief executive, Jonathan Isaby, said: “Sadly, too many local authorities are still increasing the number of highly paid staff on their payroll. It’s particularly galling in places where councils are pleading poverty and demanding more and more in council tax. Taxpayers expect their council to be filling potholes, not pay packets.”

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11:11am Tue 5 Aug 14

Sometimes says...

Are the Torfaen executives, the same ones the taxpayer paid to do their MBAs while employed by TBC, most executives come to the job already having the qualifications, before they start earning several times the average salary. At least these levels of salaries explain the last 15 years of above inflation council tax rises because clearly the money wasn't spent on services, which have been continuously cut even before the credit crunch.
Bring back a single council like Monmouthshire and get rid of the 5 CEO, CFO, etc, you get the picture. We did alright for years with one boss for the area, now we pay for 5....only in the public sector would this happen. As for justifying their pay against other organisations, in the private sector they would have been sacked for not being able to balance the books, etc, but instead these have moved between councils, like happened with the deputy of Torfaen who moved to Monmouthshire, and set their own pay like at Caerphilly. The Welsh Audit Office needs to get off their backsides more and look into the councils like at Flintshire where they paid a 6 figure redundancy to a man who had already told them he was going to retire!
Are the Torfaen executives, the same ones the taxpayer paid to do their MBAs while employed by TBC, most executives come to the job already having the qualifications, before they start earning several times the average salary. At least these levels of salaries explain the last 15 years of above inflation council tax rises because clearly the money wasn't spent on services, which have been continuously cut even before the credit crunch. Bring back a single council like Monmouthshire and get rid of the 5 CEO, CFO, etc, you get the picture. We did alright for years with one boss for the area, now we pay for 5....only in the public sector would this happen. As for justifying their pay against other organisations, in the private sector they would have been sacked for not being able to balance the books, etc, but instead these have moved between councils, like happened with the deputy of Torfaen who moved to Monmouthshire, and set their own pay like at Caerphilly. The Welsh Audit Office needs to get off their backsides more and look into the councils like at Flintshire where they paid a 6 figure redundancy to a man who had already told them he was going to retire! Sometimes
  • Score: 6

12:15pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Aquarius says...

Torfaen is right. They do deliver hundreds of different services.

The question is though, are they particularly *good* at delivering those services?

There's the rub....!
Torfaen is right. They do deliver hundreds of different services. The question is though, are they particularly *good* at delivering those services? There's the rub....! Aquarius
  • Score: -6

12:53pm Tue 5 Aug 14

john.hall1000 says...

Always been the same those at the top, look after their own.
Always been the same those at the top, look after their own. john.hall1000
  • Score: 2

4:48pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Severn40 says...

A question for the Argus regardless of the issue above.

Before publishing analysis from the Tax Payers Alliance, please can we have a more thorough investigation rather than a rehash of their press release and a simple call to the councils concerned? The TPA are not exactly what they claim on the tin particularly in the way they are funded.

I don't doubt for a second the salaries these top council officials are being paid and don't believe it is appropriate. However, we all collectively need to be asking what do we want in terms of local services? Everything for free and pay a single penny? Falling for the lowest common denominator such as the TPA is not the way forward.
A question for the Argus regardless of the issue above. Before publishing analysis from the Tax Payers Alliance, please can we have a more thorough investigation rather than a rehash of their press release and a simple call to the councils concerned? The TPA are not exactly what they claim on the tin particularly in the way they are funded. I don't doubt for a second the salaries these top council officials are being paid and don't believe it is appropriate. However, we all collectively need to be asking what do we want in terms of local services? Everything for free and pay a single penny? Falling for the lowest common denominator such as the TPA is not the way forward. Severn40
  • Score: 5

5:01pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Dai Rear says...

Severn40 wrote:
A question for the Argus regardless of the issue above.

Before publishing analysis from the Tax Payers Alliance, please can we have a more thorough investigation rather than a rehash of their press release and a simple call to the councils concerned? The TPA are not exactly what they claim on the tin particularly in the way they are funded.

I don't doubt for a second the salaries these top council officials are being paid and don't believe it is appropriate. However, we all collectively need to be asking what do we want in terms of local services? Everything for free and pay a single penny? Falling for the lowest common denominator such as the TPA is not the way forward.
Agreed the left don't like the TPA. The answer to the other part is that the public sector should not consume more than a certain proportion of GDP, probably around about 36%. We should take a pragmatic approach. Bring it down towards the "magic" 36 and see whether we're comfortable with it. These megabuck paychecks for carrying out simple government subsumed functions are a relic of the bad times when the slow motion train crash 97-2010 was trying the push the 50% envelope.
[quote][p][bold]Severn40[/bold] wrote: A question for the Argus regardless of the issue above. Before publishing analysis from the Tax Payers Alliance, please can we have a more thorough investigation rather than a rehash of their press release and a simple call to the councils concerned? The TPA are not exactly what they claim on the tin particularly in the way they are funded. I don't doubt for a second the salaries these top council officials are being paid and don't believe it is appropriate. However, we all collectively need to be asking what do we want in terms of local services? Everything for free and pay a single penny? Falling for the lowest common denominator such as the TPA is not the way forward.[/p][/quote]Agreed the left don't like the TPA. The answer to the other part is that the public sector should not consume more than a certain proportion of GDP, probably around about 36%. We should take a pragmatic approach. Bring it down towards the "magic" 36 and see whether we're comfortable with it. These megabuck paychecks for carrying out simple government subsumed functions are a relic of the bad times when the slow motion train crash 97-2010 was trying the push the 50% envelope. Dai Rear
  • Score: -15

7:01pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Magor says...

I wonder how many earn £20K plus for doing a job we dont really need?
I wonder how many earn £20K plus for doing a job we dont really need? Magor
  • Score: -13

8:14pm Tue 5 Aug 14

gingertom says...

Please sign this petition:
https://www.assembly
wales.org/epetition-
list-of-signatories.
htm?pet_id=1031
Please sign this petition: https://www.assembly wales.org/epetition- list-of-signatories. htm?pet_id=1031 gingertom
  • Score: -7

10:38am Wed 6 Aug 14

Bobevans says...

So across the UK Council staff earning over a £10K is down but in Gwent it is up. Could this be why councils are having to make cuts. Elsewhere in the UK council are merging or sharing services in Wales this is pretty much not happening
So across the UK Council staff earning over a £10K is down but in Gwent it is up. Could this be why councils are having to make cuts. Elsewhere in the UK council are merging or sharing services in Wales this is pretty much not happening Bobevans
  • Score: -5

6:39pm Thu 7 Aug 14

jimmysmith says...

nothing more than vile vermin
nothing more than vile vermin jimmysmith
  • Score: -1

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