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  • "Get the facts right, it was Labour who exposed these unlawful payments. The payments were made under the Plaid Cymru administration from 2009. In my view the period of governance under Plaid Cymru from 2009 to 2012 leaves much to be desired. Councillor Mann said " due to the series of issues that have now been exposed" he and his colleagues had a "great lack of confidence" in the way that the affairs of the authority had been conducted. In me view this should read that he and his colleagues had a great lack of competence!"
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Car loans shame

First published in Letters

WITH THE latest shame to hit Caerphilly council is that taxpayers were subsidising employee car loans for workers who apparently rarely used their vehicles for council purposes. Between April 2009 and March 2013, the value of outstanding car loans declined from £269,000 to £118,000. But over the period 35 people were repaying loans at the low interest rate of 5.9%.

There now needs to be a full independent public inquiry by the Welsh Assembly Government into the running of the council. Whilst the inquiry is taking place. All council business should be controlled by Cardiff Bay, just like other failing Welsh councils. Even if some senior managers are shown the door, nobody can be allowed to use public money in a free and easy manner.

Andrew Nutt Heolddu Road Bargoed

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