Councillors Association meeting

21/06/2011

RGT, Chris Franks [Sec], Sian Thomas [chair], John Taylor [treasurer] and Phil Bevan [Vice chair] following discsssions to prepare for the Council elections.

The Councillors Association officers meet with the newly appointed local government spokesperson Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM in his Rhydaman offices. It is intended that regular contact will be maintained with Rhodri and indeed other portfolio holders such as education and social services.

The meeting focused on the 2012 council elections and aimed to create an improved support network for council candidates in order to maximise Plaid’s chances next May.

Chair Sian Thomas said, “The meeting noted that RGT role included Transport and the Localism [UK] Bill. We need to acknowledge examples of good practice from our groups showing how Plaid has made a difference – when in control, in a ruling coalition and when scrutinising.

We have a major role in a number of councils. We should demonstrate that Plaid has made a positive difference to the community. All too often we are so busy working for the community that we forget to let people know about our efforts.

I’m concerned about the lack of clarity over the issue of Councils’ Pension Funds. There is a lack of information regarding the future of the funds."

Vice chair Phil Bevan warned about the lack of capital funding and how it will effect school building plans. “The huge cut by Westminster will be very damaging to the capital programme of all councils.”

Rhodri said, “I’m keen to visit relevant groups and celebrate successes. We need to publicise our achievements. There are opportunities to raise issues of concern to councillors with the relevant Minister and the First Minister. Please let me know your concerns."