Transparency needed, says First Minister, after Caerphilly Council pay row
First Minister Carwyn Jones has said transparency is needed when councils in Wales award difficult to explain pay rises to bosses.
Mr Jones was answering a question put to him during First Minister’s Questions in the Senedd about Caerphilly County Borough Council’s secret decision to award pay rises of up to 30% to its senior management team.
He said: “Of course there must be transparency and fairness. These are ultimately matters for local authorities.
“All will bear in mind at a time when so many public sector workers are having pay frozen, it is very difficult to explain substantial increases for senior officers in any organisation.”
Janet Finch-Saunders, the Conservatives’ shadow minister for local government, asked the First Minister if he would support calls for transparency, accountability and fairness across local authority senior management pay.
Ms Finch-Saunders labelled the pay rises at Caerphilly Council scandalous and her party has called on the Welsh Government to carry out a review.
Councillors are set to discuss how and why the bosses were awarded huge secret pay rises.
A special meeting of Caerphilly County Borough Council will be held at the council offices in Ystrad Mynach on January 17. The meeting is being held after calls from Plaid Cymru councillors.
The decision of the Labour-run authority to award rises of up to £30,000 to 20 senior officers and the chief executive has sparked anger among the public and led to a recent walk-out by council staff.Follow @CaerphillyObsvr