The full Vale of Vale of Glamorgan Council is to hold a special meeting tonight to discuss a recommended revamp of the council’s Social Services Department – and to slash the salary of the post of the Director of Social Services.
The proposed salary and grade-change would take place when the current director – Phil Evans – retires later this year and a successor is appointed.
As the current director, Mr Evans receives a salary within the graded scale of £101,535 to £110,024 – far more that the salary of Vaughan Gething – the Welsh Government’s Health Minister who gets a salary of only £100,000.
An internal Vale Council report now recommends this post be changed to a “Director Level 2” “grade (£88,964 to £98,848) in a move which will “ensure parity” with other council directors – such as the Director of Learning and Skills – Paula Ham – and the Director of Environment and Housing – Miles Punter.
To help them consider this change, the Vale Council has engaged the independent consultants Hay Consultants . The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales – the body that sets councillors’ salaries – has also been consulted.
CITY DEAL : Tonight’s special council meeting will also consider whether to approve the next steps in the establishment of the so-called “City Deal” in which Cardiff Council, the Vale of Glamorgan and 8 other local authorities in South East Wales would undertake a £1,299,000,000 investment in the Cardiff Capital Region’s infrastructure – including the South East Wales Metro project and the Valley Lines Electrification programme.
Tonight a “Joint Working Agreement” is to be approved which will formally establish the Cardiff Capital Region Joint Committee (or regional “cabinet”) – which would come into existence on March 1st 2017.
Councillors are also being asked to approve the payment of the Vale Council’s share of the total set-up costs of £120,000,000 – a burden which will be shared between all 10 councils in the City Deal scheme.