Caerphilly Labour slam Plaid over pay row

THE Caerphilly council Labour group sought to blame Plaid Cymru for some of the current debacle over officers’ pay, saying the problems with the decision making process highlighted by the Wales Audit Office were not recent developments, saying it had “twice raised concerns with the then Plaid-run council.

“Despite the Wales Audit Office raising issues with the Plaid administration in 2010 and 2012 it remains unclear what, if any action Plaid undertook to address the concerns.”

They added: “The Labour Leadership, with the full support of the Labour Group has acted swiftly and decisively to reverse the original decision regarding Senior Officers pay. Plaid Cymru have brazenly sought political gain from it.

“Plaid Cymru would do well to reflect on their own actions, particularly, how they allowed this situation to develop and continue under their watch.

Meanwhile, Welsh Tory Assembly leader Andrew RT Davies said the position of Harry Andrews as leader of Caerphilly council should be considered in the wake of the senior officer pay scandal.

The Argus asked Mr Davies this morning whether Councillor Andrews should consider his position at the authority.

He said: “I think they should consider it. All people have focused on the last couple of months is this scandal. I don't think the people of Caerphilly want their borough associated with such actions.”

The Assembly opposition leader said there were questions over the “the competency of those senior councillors when they voted through this and recommended this”.

“Surely that's what cabinet style government in local authorities is about, is accountability,” he said.

He added that local government minister Carl Sargeant has been found wanting in not ensuring greater accountability.

The Conservative party does not have any councillors on the Caerphilly council.

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12:01pm Tue 12 Mar 13

whatintheworld says...

Rather than argueing over who did what when, how about you sort it out!
Rather than argueing over who did what when, how about you sort it out! whatintheworld

12:12pm Tue 12 Mar 13

Woodgnome says...

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.........and this lot of children are running our Councils!!!
.................... .........and this lot of children are running our Councils!!! Woodgnome

12:15pm Tue 12 Mar 13

Cwmderi says...

How pathetic that the Labour councillors on Caerphilly council are now trying to abdicate their responsibilties over their decision as the controlling group to award the vast increases to senior managers whilst 9,000 of their own council workers have had their pay frozen for three years.
This really shows their true colours and it is time that the Leader and his Cabinet accept that they are paid considerable salaries as the Executive Members to run the council and take decisions.
They should seriously consider falling on their own swards for their failings and bringing Caerphilly council into such disrepute.
Their pathetic cries to blame others for their own failings is appalling and they should now get their swards out of scabbards and do the honourable thing..
How pathetic that the Labour councillors on Caerphilly council are now trying to abdicate their responsibilties over their decision as the controlling group to award the vast increases to senior managers whilst 9,000 of their own council workers have had their pay frozen for three years. This really shows their true colours and it is time that the Leader and his Cabinet accept that they are paid considerable salaries as the Executive Members to run the council and take decisions. They should seriously consider falling on their own swards for their failings and bringing Caerphilly council into such disrepute. Their pathetic cries to blame others for their own failings is appalling and they should now get their swards out of scabbards and do the honourable thing.. Cwmderi

12:28pm Tue 12 Mar 13

paddyparry says...

Very humourous. Councillors falling on their swords? Won't happen. Blaming the previous leadership? If they knew it was wrong, as they claim, why did they carry on with the same decision making process?
Very humourous. Councillors falling on their swords? Won't happen. Blaming the previous leadership? If they knew it was wrong, as they claim, why did they carry on with the same decision making process? paddyparry

12:48pm Tue 12 Mar 13

historyman66 says...

Caerphilly County Borough Council cabinet have shown a total lack of leadership and vision over the recent chief executive and senior officers pay rise fiasco. Indeed their recent decision in suspending the chief executive on full pay was a panic decision, made by cabient members who are worried. It once again shows that some labour cllrs are not up to the job. It also shows that some cabinet members should have training in management classes.
Caerphilly County Borough Council cabinet have shown a total lack of leadership and vision over the recent chief executive and senior officers pay rise fiasco. Indeed their recent decision in suspending the chief executive on full pay was a panic decision, made by cabient members who are worried. It once again shows that some labour cllrs are not up to the job. It also shows that some cabinet members should have training in management classes. historyman66

1:23pm Tue 12 Mar 13

Grüngemüse says...

Let's hope the electorate remember this at the next election and throw this lot out.
Furthermore - if you didn't bother to vote then you got the council you deserve.
Let's hope the electorate remember this at the next election and throw this lot out. Furthermore - if you didn't bother to vote then you got the council you deserve. Grüngemüse

8:02pm Tue 12 Mar 13

Manley says...

Cwmderi wrote:
How pathetic that the Labour councillors on Caerphilly council are now trying to abdicate their responsibilties over their decision as the controlling group to award the vast increases to senior managers whilst 9,000 of their own council workers have had their pay frozen for three years.
This really shows their true colours and it is time that the Leader and his Cabinet accept that they are paid considerable salaries as the Executive Members to run the council and take decisions.
They should seriously consider falling on their own swards for their failings and bringing Caerphilly council into such disrepute.
Their pathetic cries to blame others for their own failings is appalling and they should now get their swards out of scabbards and do the honourable thing..
Here here.
[quote][p][bold]Cwmderi[/bold] wrote: How pathetic that the Labour councillors on Caerphilly council are now trying to abdicate their responsibilties over their decision as the controlling group to award the vast increases to senior managers whilst 9,000 of their own council workers have had their pay frozen for three years. This really shows their true colours and it is time that the Leader and his Cabinet accept that they are paid considerable salaries as the Executive Members to run the council and take decisions. They should seriously consider falling on their own swards for their failings and bringing Caerphilly council into such disrepute. Their pathetic cries to blame others for their own failings is appalling and they should now get their swards out of scabbards and do the honourable thing..[/p][/quote]Here here. Manley

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