Plaid leader's anger at new Caerphilly chief's pay

Plaid leader's anger at  new Caerphilly chief's pay

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First published in Gwent news

A CAERPHILLY councillor has slammed a decision to advertise for a new interim chief executive of the authority at a salary £11,000 more than the incumbent is earning.

Plaid Cymru group leader Cllr Colin Mann said the pay increase is unjustifiable when Caerphilly County Borough Council is mooting cuts across a range of services.

At a council meeting on Tuesday it was announced that the authority’s current interim chief executive, Stuart Rosser, will stand down when his contract expires on July 23.

And the council agreed to advertise for a new interim chief executive on a 12-month contract with an option for a further year at a salary of £142,524.

Cllr Mann said: “Stuart Rosser, who has acted up as chief executive, was prepared to accept a salary equivalent to £131,000 a year and I fail to see why Labour is quite happy to up the pay of a new interim chief executive.

“I believe the salary at £131,000 a year, far higher than some council chief executives, is sufficient to attract good-quality candidates. What sort of message is this sending to the public who are facing further cuts in services? The answer seems to be that Labour will look after those at the very top.”

Mr Rosser did not accept the authority’s advertised salary of between £142,524 and £158,360 when he returned to the council last July and was paid £131,645 last year for three and a half days’ work per week. He had previously beens the council’s chief executive before retiring in 2010 and told councillors on Tuesday he was stepping down because of personal circumstances.

But the controlling Labour group said Plaid’s plans were “shambolic” and that because of pay plans agreed by the council in January, their proposal could see the council’s deputy earn more than its interim chief executive.

The council agreed that the deputy chief executive would earn between £119,250 and £132,500 a year, more than Mr Rosser has been paid.

And the deputy leader of the Labour group, Cllr Gerald Jones, said the plan was a “non-starter” and that at the council meeting a number of prominent Plaid members had abstained from supporting the proposal.

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5:28pm Thu 12 Jun 14

spartucus says...

Mmmm ?? ONLY one hundred and thirty thousand more than most of the work force,,
Oh, and Colin ? the work force wasn't happy when your group gave £15000 to a certain "officer" behind closed doors a few years ago either.
Sadly there is nothing they can do about it, just put up and shut up, or find the door out.
Mmmm ?? ONLY one hundred and thirty thousand more than most of the work force,, Oh, and Colin ? the work force wasn't happy when your group gave £15000 to a certain "officer" behind closed doors a few years ago either. Sadly there is nothing they can do about it, just put up and shut up, or find the door out. spartucus
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5:55pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Aquarius says...

I imagine they've decided to pay a bit more in case the person they appoint decides to - y'know - circumvent the law a little bit and give himself an even bigger payrise without hardly anyone knowing about it.

It's been known to happen, apparently ;-)

Apart from that - yet another reason for all of us previously Labour voters to realise that Labour are as rotten as all the rest of them. And accordingly, vote to get rid of them at every opportunity.
I imagine they've decided to pay a bit more in case the person they appoint decides to - y'know - circumvent the law a little bit and give himself an even bigger payrise without hardly anyone knowing about it. It's been known to happen, apparently ;-) Apart from that - yet another reason for all of us previously Labour voters to realise that Labour are as rotten as all the rest of them. And accordingly, vote to get rid of them at every opportunity. Aquarius
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6:29pm Thu 12 Jun 14

westender says...

Icelandic bank? how many millions lost? just a bit of pot kettle black, Mr
Whittle and Mr Mann are scarcely in a position to criticise anyone
Icelandic bank? how many millions lost? just a bit of pot kettle black, Mr Whittle and Mr Mann are scarcely in a position to criticise anyone westender
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11:27pm Thu 12 Jun 14

gingertom says...

What if the suspended chief ex who is ON FULL PAY doesn't get convicted will we land up with 2 of them?
What has got to stop in these councils is relations of councillors getting high paid jobs who are just not up to the job. This practice has happened for decades and the hard working talented people in these councils in wales don't get a chance and then have to tolerate working with such people who have been catapulted into the job simply because of who they are related to within the council.
What if the suspended chief ex who is ON FULL PAY doesn't get convicted will we land up with 2 of them? What has got to stop in these councils is relations of councillors getting high paid jobs who are just not up to the job. This practice has happened for decades and the hard working talented people in these councils in wales don't get a chance and then have to tolerate working with such people who have been catapulted into the job simply because of who they are related to within the council. gingertom
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7:56am Fri 13 Jun 14

Realist UK says...

Before appointing a new CEO they should put the 3 execs who are currently suspended through the disciplinary process. Whichever way you look at it, the 3 execs knowingly bypassed procedure in the pay process, whether legal or not, which is a disciplinary issue in itself irrespective of the outcome of the court hearing. No bottle, that's the trouble with Caerphilly Labour Group when it comes to standing up to these execs. they do nothing while the residents foot the £30,000 a month bill for staying at home.
Before appointing a new CEO they should put the 3 execs who are currently suspended through the disciplinary process. Whichever way you look at it, the 3 execs knowingly bypassed procedure in the pay process, whether legal or not, which is a disciplinary issue in itself irrespective of the outcome of the court hearing. No bottle, that's the trouble with Caerphilly Labour Group when it comes to standing up to these execs. they do nothing while the residents foot the £30,000 a month bill for staying at home. Realist UK
  • Score: -3

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