Pay scandal

First published in Letters

I WOULD like to respond to comments by a Labour spokesperson in connection with the senior officers’ pay scandal at Caerphilly council. I would like to remind the anonymous spokesperson that the Plaid group has always opposed the senior officers’ pay rises in CCBC. We opposed the Labour motion outlining the so-called compromise deal at the special meeting in January 2013 and have consistently done so since then.

More recently, on two occasions this year , the Plaid Cymru opposition invited the ruling Labour group to review the senior officers’ pay deal because of the severe financial situation which has now become evident. They are still failing to do so. In addition, Labour refused to reduce the number of cabinet members . They increased numbers as soon as they won control of the authority in 2012 in spite of previously asking Plaid to reduce from nine members. This attitude contrasts with the ruling Labour group at neighbouring, Rhondda Cynon Taf council which has cut the number of cabinet members and reduced their allowances by up to five per cent because of the difficult financial situation.

Sadly, Labour in Caerphilly is seemingly happy to look after those at the very top while other employees struggle.

Councillor Colin Mann, Leader, Plaid Cymru Group, Caerphilly County Borough Council

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5:36pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Milkmanofhumankindness says...

Labour are failing in their own backyard,they would rather spend money on senior officers pay, twinning activities and romanticised bravado rather tan on people that actualy do some good in the community , example:

https://t.co/bj9Kh8S
nol
Labour are failing in their own backyard,they would rather spend money on senior officers pay, twinning activities and romanticised bravado rather tan on people that actualy do some good in the community , example: https://t.co/bj9Kh8S nol Milkmanofhumankindness
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11:31am Fri 18 Jul 14

Realist UK says...

What concerns me is that it is blatantly obvious there was procedural wrongdoing when authorising these pay rises. This is confirmed by the Wales Audit Office. Whether those payments were illegal or not is for a court of law to decide but it is for the council to decide whether those officers involved, including councillors, have brought the authority into disrepute. Instead, councillors, especially labour, continue to use the forthcoming court hearing as an excuse to hide behind other than addressing their civil duty to discipline those who demonstrated blatant flagrancy of their own rules. It's quite shocking behaviour.
What concerns me is that it is blatantly obvious there was procedural wrongdoing when authorising these pay rises. This is confirmed by the Wales Audit Office. Whether those payments were illegal or not is for a court of law to decide but it is for the council to decide whether those officers involved, including councillors, have brought the authority into disrepute. Instead, councillors, especially labour, continue to use the forthcoming court hearing as an excuse to hide behind other than addressing their civil duty to discipline those who demonstrated blatant flagrancy of their own rules. It's quite shocking behaviour. Realist UK
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12:05pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Bobevans says...

Politicians Love wasting tax payers money. Generating hot air and wasting money are the two things they are good at. The pay waste pales into nothing compared to the North South air link waste at £9M a year. Money that could be used for supporting essential services

The usage of this service has dropped by 43%. They also subsidies a North South train service. This air service has to be axed. It is simply not value for money. Half the passengers are traveling on it at public expense as well. There is clearly no real demand for this service

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/news/uk-wales-polit
ics-28419595
Politicians Love wasting tax payers money. Generating hot air and wasting money are the two things they are good at. The pay waste pales into nothing compared to the North South air link waste at £9M a year. Money that could be used for supporting essential services The usage of this service has dropped by 43%. They also subsidies a North South train service. This air service has to be axed. It is simply not value for money. Half the passengers are traveling on it at public expense as well. There is clearly no real demand for this service http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-polit ics-28419595 Bobevans
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