Caerphilly council leader to face no confidence vote amid pay scandal

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CAERPHILLY council leader Harry Andrews will face a motion of no confidence, it was revealed today.

The opposition Plaid Cymru group will table the motion in the wake of the pay scandal which has engulfed the council and seen the suspension of the chief executive Anthony O’Sullivan after a damning report by Wales Audit Office.

Police are set to probe the pay rises given to top council staff after the WAO found the council had acted unlawfully when it awarded huge pay rises for 21 senior officers.

Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group, said: “This debacle, which has brought embarrassment and discredit to Caerphilly, was not only a failure of senior officers but of the political leadership of this council.

“This shambles happened on Councillor Andrews’ watch and he has to take responsibility for the appalling failings highlighted in the auditor’s report. Nothing at the Senior Remuneration Committee – which awarded the rises – could have happened without the knowledge of the council leader who made no attempt to stop these exorbitant increases.

"Both myself and my Plaid Cymru colleagues have worked very hard over the years to ensure the success of Caerphilly Council. It gives us no pleasure to see the mess that the Labour party have now created."

“The public’s confidence in the council has been shattered and Caerphilly council needs a new start under new leadership.”

Councillor Mann added: “The Plaid Cymru group will put forward the motion so it can be discussed at a special meeting of the county borough council This whole episode shows how out of touch Labour is after just a few months in office."

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9:44am Tue 12 Mar 13

Woodgnome says...

Surprised he's not resigned already. Arrogant, arrogant, arrogant.
Surprised he's not resigned already. Arrogant, arrogant, arrogant. Woodgnome

12:46am Wed 13 Mar 13

Cantankerous says...

Newport has one of those!
Newport has one of those! Cantankerous

8:35am Wed 13 Mar 13

tazeez says...

If the police are investigating this incident, surely he should be suspended anyway!
If the police are investigating this incident, surely he should be suspended anyway! tazeez

3:00pm Wed 13 Mar 13

Cwmderi says...

Skin like a non-stick frying pan. All the fat goes through for processing but nothing appears to stick to the Head Cook.
Yes, it does appear that the Leaders of Newprt and Caerphilly have a lot in common.
Skin like a non-stick frying pan. All the fat goes through for processing but nothing appears to stick to the Head Cook. Yes, it does appear that the Leaders of Newprt and Caerphilly have a lot in common. Cwmderi

3:01pm Wed 13 Mar 13

gemm24 says...

This council have nothing to be proud of at the moment. Hope people remember this next time they go and vote.
This council have nothing to be proud of at the moment. Hope people remember this next time they go and vote. gemm24

3:40pm Wed 13 Mar 13

Davi says...

Councillor Colin Mann just because we voted you out of office you have a big chip on your shoulder ...Plaid when in power of the Authority didn't care you were so arrogant yourselves ...Leader of Council Councillor Harry Andrews didn't sign or agree to the increases in Salary so why should he be punished..
Councillor Colin Mann just because we voted you out of office you have a big chip on your shoulder ...Plaid when in power of the Authority didn't care you were so arrogant yourselves ...Leader of Council Councillor Harry Andrews didn't sign or agree to the increases in Salary so why should he be punished.. Davi

6:42pm Wed 13 Mar 13

gingertom says...

did you see this programme last night:

http://www.bbc.co.uk
/programmes/b01r7xvf


bbc wales week in week out discussed fat cat wages in wales.
did you see this programme last night: http://www.bbc.co.uk /programmes/b01r7xvf bbc wales week in week out discussed fat cat wages in wales. gingertom

6:44pm Wed 13 Mar 13

gingertom says...

the welsh audit office made their feelings known in the above programme.
the welsh audit office made their feelings known in the above programme. gingertom

11:15am Thu 14 Mar 13

Trefor says...

Harry Andrews has to be given the opportunity to defend his position, this is not an inquisitorial set up, it is a matter of considering if he is up to the job, not a hang um flog em kangaroo court.

This council is a statutory authority, and as such it has to act ways which are governed by statute and regulations, if they have`nt done that then action must be taken against others not just the Chief Executive.

It will be interesting to say the least if the Avon Police find AGAINST the findings of unlawful activity and exonerate the Council, its elected members and all its officers. What happens then?????
Harry Andrews has to be given the opportunity to defend his position, this is not an inquisitorial set up, it is a matter of considering if he is up to the job, not a hang um flog em kangaroo court. This council is a statutory authority, and as such it has to act ways which are governed by statute and regulations, if they have`nt done that then action must be taken against others not just the Chief Executive. It will be interesting to say the least if the Avon Police find AGAINST the findings of unlawful activity and exonerate the Council, its elected members and all its officers. What happens then????? Trefor

4:04pm Thu 14 Mar 13

Cwmderi says...

Davi wrote:
Councillor Colin Mann just because we voted you out of office you have a big chip on your shoulder ...Plaid when in power of the Authority didn't care you were so arrogant yourselves ...Leader of Council Councillor Harry Andrews didn't sign or agree to the increases in Salary so why should he be punished..
Davi
If you think for one moment that Councillor Andrews as Leader of the council did not have prior knowledge and support these massive increases for senior managers, then you must be living in cloud cuckoo- land.
Nothing of this magnitude would have been allowed to progress to the secret committee without the full knowledge of the Leader of Council in consultation with the Chief Executive.
This would be part of the role of the Leader of Council and Head of the Cabinet system that operates in Caerphilly council.
[quote][p][bold]Davi[/bold] wrote: Councillor Colin Mann just because we voted you out of office you have a big chip on your shoulder ...Plaid when in power of the Authority didn't care you were so arrogant yourselves ...Leader of Council Councillor Harry Andrews didn't sign or agree to the increases in Salary so why should he be punished..[/p][/quote]Davi If you think for one moment that Councillor Andrews as Leader of the council did not have prior knowledge and support these massive increases for senior managers, then you must be living in cloud cuckoo- land. Nothing of this magnitude would have been allowed to progress to the secret committee without the full knowledge of the Leader of Council in consultation with the Chief Executive. This would be part of the role of the Leader of Council and Head of the Cabinet system that operates in Caerphilly council. Cwmderi

7:17pm Thu 14 Mar 13

gingertom says...

nice wages for some:

Job title Assistant Director

Job reference REQ0000256

Date posted 13/03/2013

Application closing date 03/04/2013
Location Ystrad Mynach

Salary £80,366 - £89,925, Chief Officer Band A
Package Permanent, Full Time, Ty Penallta
Job category/type Senior / Executive Appointment
Job description You will lead our team of professionals managing our support services to Children and families. This is a pivotal role in the organisations leadership team, ensuring that high quality support and interventions are provided to support our community, placing residents, children, young people and families at the heart of what we are looking to achieve. Building on a platform of recognised positive performance we are seeking an aspiring individual who will be able to lead and motivate the Children's Services team, bringing innovative thinking, creativity, passion and commitment to the role. This is a real opportunity to develop sustainable solutions for all our service users and their families.


You will lead, motivate and performance manage social services teams and develop, implement and co-ordinate policies/plans that meet the needs of our residents. You'll be committed to working in partnership to achieve high quality social services and have a first class knowledge of emerging statutory or regulatory requirements.


Strategic in your thinking and politically aware, you will have outstanding leadership and partnership building skills, together with the ability to work effectively with elected members.


For further information regarding the role, please click on the link below:


http://www.caerphill
y.gov.uk/site.aspx?s
=RHOKn/oA8hy2iUWE6Ch
dvKM91KWR8ckxS%5d%5d
rwGGpyEyF7V3UGYQ/eQ=
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For an informal discussion about this post please call Gareth Hardacre, Head of Workforce and OD on 01443 864309.


For a detailed Job Description and Person Specification click here


Please apply online below or alternatively to request a paper application pack please contact the Recruitment Team on 01443 866522


This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and a comprehensive screening process will be undertaken on all applicants. This will include an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service



We are legally obliged to ask you to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. If you are invited to interview, you will be asked to provide appropriate documents such as your full birth certificate/passport
/work permit in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996.
nice wages for some: Job title Assistant Director Job reference REQ0000256 Date posted 13/03/2013 Application closing date 03/04/2013 Location Ystrad Mynach Salary £80,366 - £89,925, Chief Officer Band A Package Permanent, Full Time, Ty Penallta Job category/type Senior / Executive Appointment Job description You will lead our team of professionals managing our support services to Children and families. This is a pivotal role in the organisations leadership team, ensuring that high quality support and interventions are provided to support our community, placing residents, children, young people and families at the heart of what we are looking to achieve. Building on a platform of recognised positive performance we are seeking an aspiring individual who will be able to lead and motivate the Children's Services team, bringing innovative thinking, creativity, passion and commitment to the role. This is a real opportunity to develop sustainable solutions for all our service users and their families. You will lead, motivate and performance manage social services teams and develop, implement and co-ordinate policies/plans that meet the needs of our residents. You'll be committed to working in partnership to achieve high quality social services and have a first class knowledge of emerging statutory or regulatory requirements. Strategic in your thinking and politically aware, you will have outstanding leadership and partnership building skills, together with the ability to work effectively with elected members. For further information regarding the role, please click on the link below: http://www.caerphill y.gov.uk/site.aspx?s =RHOKn/oA8hy2iUWE6Ch dvKM91KWR8ckxS%5d%5d rwGGpyEyF7V3UGYQ/eQ= = For an informal discussion about this post please call Gareth Hardacre, Head of Workforce and OD on 01443 864309. For a detailed Job Description and Person Specification click here Please apply online below or alternatively to request a paper application pack please contact the Recruitment Team on 01443 866522 This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and a comprehensive screening process will be undertaken on all applicants. This will include an enhanced check with the Disclosure and Barring Service We are legally obliged to ask you to provide evidence of your right to work in the UK. If you are invited to interview, you will be asked to provide appropriate documents such as your full birth certificate/passport /work permit in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996. gingertom

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