special council over top pay controversy


Plaid force special council over top pay controversy


A special meeting of Caerphilly council will be held later this month to discuss the fiasco over huge pay increases for top officers. This follows a request from the Plaid Cymru group.

The decision of the Labour-run authority to award rises of up to £30,000 to 21 senior officers sparked furore among the public and led to a walk-out by council staff.

And a Plaid group executive member Councillor Mike Prew has called on the authority to beam the debate from all its TV screens in the council offices at Ystrad Mynach so staff can view it. The special meeting will take place on Thursday, January 17th.

Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group, said: "We asked for this meeting to be held because we felt it was important that there was a full and open debate at the council.

"The decision to award these rises was disastrous and we will be expecting the Labour group to spell out their plans for reversing these increases as a matter of urgency. There must be no delaying tactics or pussy-footing around – the public will expect immediate action.

"We will also be insisting an explanation from Councillor Harry Andrews, the Labour leader of the council, as to how he ever thought these rises were acceptable in the current austere climate when many council workers are struggling to pay their energy and food bills."

Councillor Mike Prew said: "We think it is important that council staff are able to watch and listen to this very important debate.

"With that in mind we’d like to see all plasma screens around the council offices, meeting rooms and canteen area switched on. It is important that staff are not excluded from the debate. To do so would be a snub to employees."