Caerphilly leader asks councillors to reject pay rise

THE leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council, Harry Andrews, has written to all 73 members of the authority urging them not to accept a proposed pay rise.

The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales, a statutory body established by the Welsh Government, is proposing an average one per cent pay increase in all Welsh councillors’ allowances for 2014/15.

But Cllr Andrews has said he believes it would be “in the spirit of fairness” if councillors forgo the remuneration panel’s proposal.

He said: “At a time of increasing austerity for our residents, with many workers – including our own workforce – enduring pay freezes and a cost of living crisis, I believe it would be inappropriate for members of our authority to accept the pay rise proposed.

“I am therefore calling on every Caerphilly County Borough councillor to join me in forgoing the proposed pay rise. This is, of course, a matter for every individual member to decide for themselves.”

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9:50am Fri 13 Dec 13

Woodgnome says...

Gosh, Harry taking the moral high ground. Has he had a Damascene conversion?
Gosh, Harry taking the moral high ground. Has he had a Damascene conversion? Woodgnome

7:21pm Fri 13 Dec 13

spartucus says...

I honestly don't believe the councillors should reject the pay rise, a lot of those people put in long hours under pressure, for very little in return,,
Perhaps Mr Andrews should instead ask the officers who had the "unlawful" pay rises, + holiday buy down, + car use allowance from the public purse, to repay the money, then ask them to endure a few years on the "living wage" on 15 hours a week, then after a few months reduce their hours by half, then freeze it for 4 years, because of cut backs, after all, "we are all in it together",,
I honestly don't believe the councillors should reject the pay rise, a lot of those people put in long hours under pressure, for very little in return,, Perhaps Mr Andrews should instead ask the officers who had the "unlawful" pay rises, + holiday buy down, + car use allowance from the public purse, to repay the money, then ask them to endure a few years on the "living wage" on 15 hours a week, then after a few months reduce their hours by half, then freeze it for 4 years, because of cut backs, after all, "we are all in it together",, spartucus

7:22pm Fri 13 Dec 13

westender says...

Woodgnome wrote:
Gosh, Harry taking the moral high ground. Has he had a Damascene conversion?
Well Woodgnome, Cllr Andrews just keeps on getting voted in and keeps on getting elected leader of the council, just about everyone in his ward cannot praise him highly enough, I hasten to add I am not a relative nor a resident of his ward, my interaction with him is minimal and professional, I wish my councillor was as dedicated and professional
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Gosh, Harry taking the moral high ground. Has he had a Damascene conversion?[/p][/quote]Well Woodgnome, Cllr Andrews just keeps on getting voted in and keeps on getting elected leader of the council, just about everyone in his ward cannot praise him highly enough, I hasten to add I am not a relative nor a resident of his ward, my interaction with him is minimal and professional, I wish my councillor was as dedicated and professional westender

10:46am Sun 15 Dec 13

Woodgnome says...

Well West, some folk would vote for a carrot if it had a Labour rosette on it. He may well be a nice chap and popular in his ward but we all know the scandal about unlawful pay rises when he was leader too.
Well West, some folk would vote for a carrot if it had a Labour rosette on it. He may well be a nice chap and popular in his ward but we all know the scandal about unlawful pay rises when he was leader too. Woodgnome

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