PAY-RISE MAY BE ON THE CARDS FOR VALE COUNCILLORS NEXT YEAR

Vale of Glamorgan councillors' pay has been frozen for a second year in succession.

Vale of Glamorgan councillors’ pay has been frozen for a second year in succession.

The 47 members of the Vale of Glamorgan Council – including 18 so-called “Senior Councillors” are to receive no pay-rise this year – but there’s a strong hint that they will get a rise in 2017/18.

The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales – the body that sets councillors’ salaries across the country – says it has decided “not to increase remuneration in 2016/17″.

The February report of the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales has just been published

The February report of the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales has just been published

The panel says in  its latest determination  “Given the very modest relaxation in the constraints on public sector pay and also to prevent further erosion of the relative levels of remuneration , the Panel decided last year in view of the continuing severe constraints on local government resources not to increase remuneration in 2015/16. There has been no change in that situation in the current year and the Panel has decided not to increase remuneration in 2016/17.”

However the Panel does make an implicit promise of a forthcoming pay-rise for councillors in 2017/18. It says  that this year’s pay standstill  “will further compromise the alignment to median gross earnings in Wales that underpinned the basic salary set in 2009. This is a matter that the Panel intends to re-examine at an appropriate time in the future”.

The published report follows the recommendations which had been previously issued in  draft form. The pay rates for 2016/17 are therefore held at current levels:-

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) received a rise in recognition of her promotion as Deputy Leader of the Council . Meanwhile Council Leader Cllr Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward Barry) receives no rise.

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) received a rise in recognition of her recent promotion as Deputy Leader of the Council . Meanwhile Council Leader Cllr Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward Barry) receives no rise for a second year running.

  • The Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council –  Cllr Neil Moore is paid  £48,000 a year
  • The newly promoted Deputy Leader of the council , Cllr Lis Burnett, is paid £33,500
  • So called “Level 1 Executive Members” – i.e. members of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ruling “cabinet” are paid £29,000. [ There are now only 5 members of the Vale of Glamorgan council “cabinet” following the resignation of Cllr Rob Curtis (who was  convicted in 2015 of a charge of common assault) and the elevation of the former Deputy Leader Stuart Egan to become Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan 2016/17].  
  • The Level 1 Civic Salary paid to the Mayors is £24,000
  • Should there be any “Level 2 Executive Members” they will be paid £26,100
  • Level 1 Committee chairmen (“chairs” – in council parlance) will continue to be paid  £22,000 with lower ranking Level 2 chairmen paid   £20,000
  • The Leader of the largest Opposition Group receives £22,000
  • The Leaders of Other Political Groups are paid £17,000 each
  • The basic salary paid to all Vale Councillors other than the above is £13,300 – with  the exception of  Cllr Kevin Mahoney (Independent, Sully ) . He refused the last pay rise awarded, took an extra pay cut out of the existing salary and is paid £800 p.a. below the basic £13,300 rate .

It remains to be seen whether Vale Councillors will follow the example of members of Conwy County Council which this month voted to cut its  “cabinet” members salaries from £29,000 to £26,100.

Penarth Town Councillors do not receive salaries – but allowances are paid to the Leader, the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor.

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12 Responses to PAY-RISE MAY BE ON THE CARDS FOR VALE COUNCILLORS NEXT YEAR

  1. Huw says:

    To be honest the majority of them aren’t that well paid. But when your constantly returning p!$$ poor performances, even these amounts are too much .

    • Philip Rapier says:

      Just been told by a Registered Disabled person that the Vale have informed them they can only “afford” to send out correspondence that relates to- Benefit Claims and Blue Badges- by Second Class Post. Average total claim handling time could be up to 10 days —as Neil Kinnock said
      ” I warn you!!” ” Don’t be ill” “Don’t be old “

  2. Christopher David says:

    More than 50 top bosses from councils across Wales took home salaries of at least £100,000 in 2011/12. More now !
    The salaries covered a range of titles from chief executives to directors responsible for departments like education, social services, regeneration and the environment.
    The figures show the top salary in Wales for that year was earned by Carmarthenshire council’s chief executive, Mark James. He took home a salary of £185,365 which included fees and allowances.
    Close behind him was Cardiff council’s chief executive, Jon House, who had a wage packet of £179,663 and Pembrokeshire council’s chief executive, Bryn Parry-Jones, who earned £159,462. (WOL)
    Cardiff has circa 18 managers on over £110,000 PA and even our dear VOG reportedly has 4 managers on over £100,000 and they can’t even get a meals on wheels budget right!. This report is almost taking the focus of a much bigger problem.

  3. ColinD says:

    words fail me!!

  4. Silverfox7 says:

    I’m with ColinD what do they do to warrant these excessive amounts of Money they are just citizens on the “Labour Political Money Machine” CUT these absurd amounts … when the population vote in a Party that will look after its voters NOT themselves we will see a difference !!! & don’t forget their Salaries are +++ expenses attendance allowance for meetings, travel expenses on 1st class trains and Business Class planes & don’t forget the “Jolly Boy Trips” here there & everywhere that is where OUR Council taxes pay for too.

  5. The Tax payer says:

    In the old days councillors did not stand just to get an income like they do today. They stood to help the community.

  6. M davies says:

    Having worked for variouncouncils in the past it doesn’t matter whether from which political party they come from . With power comes not responsibility but greed and self serving. Having said that there have been several conscientious people who have served the area well. The voting public just has to suss them out

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