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  • "ROYSAR
    It is obvious from your comments that you have not even bothered to read the Wales Audit Office report on these unlawful payments. The auditor clearly exonerated all elected councillors as they were never consulted or authorized any such payments..
    It is also clear from the report that the decision was taken by senior officers of the council behind closed doors who were beneficiaries but none of whom declared an interest when they discussed the matter.
    So come on ROYSAR, take it on the chin along with the massive increases you and your Labour comrades awarded to senior managers whilst the other 9,000 workers have faced a three year pay freeze. Some say good old Labour, others tell the truth.
    Whilst he accuses Cllr Mann of leaving much to be desired, Roystar would do well to look inside the workings of his own Labour Cabinet if he really wanted to get to the truth,."
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Car loans shame

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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