The Vale of Glamorgan Council offices in Barry

Members of the Vale of Glamorgan Council have until April 20th (next Friday) to decide whether or not to accept the £200 pounds a year pay-rise which has been offered to them (and to members of all other major councils in Wales) by the Independent Remuneration Panel of Wales (IRPW).

The Remuneration Panel is supposed to operate at arm’s length from the Welsh Labour Government – but the panel  has already considerably increased the salaries of Welsh Assembly members and has increased the pay of the Welsh Labour Government’s ministers.

In the case of local councils the Remuneration Panel just sets the rates: the cash still comes from council-tax payers.

If the Vale councillors do choose to accept the new pay rise, – and it’s an individual decision for each councillor – members taking the increase will receive a new basic salary of £13,500 a year for the 2018/19 municipal year

All Vale of Glamorgan councillors have  been informed of the Remuneration Panel’s so-called “determination” [ i.e. decision to offer the pay increase] and have been asked to indicate by 20th April, 2018 whether they wish to forego any, or all, of the increase.

If all the Vale councillors decide to accept the increase (and some have already said they won’t)  the extra cost to council taxpayers would be a total of  £9,400.


The Labour-controlled Penarth Town Council has increased the Penarth Precept charged to local residents and now – for the first time – is paying its councillors a salary or “allowance”.

The Remuneration Panel also decided to allow Penarth Town Council to pay councillors  an annual “allowance” for the first time – thus breaking a historic tradition of unpaid public service stretching back to the year 1875 .

Until this year Penarth councillors considered it an honour and a public duty to serve the community without any thought of personal monetary reward .

Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell) will not accept the Penarth Town Council “allowance”

Only one town councillor – Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell) – has said he will not accept the new Penarth Town Council “allowance” . Cllr Wilson is a “twin-hatted” councillor who is also a salaried member of  the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Under the Remuneration Panel proposals, all 16 Penarth Town councillors can be paid  a £150 per annum “allowance”. All the money would come from local residents who pay the “Penarth precept” which is added to their council tax .

This year the incumbent Labour-controlled Penarth Town Council hiked the Penarth precept by 7% (payable as from this month)  to an all-time record high but was unable to present any convincing reasons for imposing such an  increase.

The Remuneration Panel also authorised Penarth Town Council to pay an allowance of £500 a year to each of 5 people who are deemed to be “senior councillors”.

The Council Leader Cllr Mike Cuddy (Labour St Augustines) can now be paid up to £1,500 a year .


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  1. Philip Rapier says:

    The increase will take the cost of the Rural Vale Cowbridge biased All Male Tory Cabinet to over £250000 per annum. A quarter of a million pounds. No wonder they don’t want a Merger!
    A Cabinet in which Penarth has no representation although we represent 20 per cent of the population and contribute over 30 per cent of the Council Tax.
    .Average House Price in Cowbridge and District where most of the Cabinet live £450000..
    That is why we need to rid ourselves of this inefficient, self serving shameless shambles and Merge with Cardiff
    Here is how much of your money- yes- TAXATION without REPRESENTATION- they voted to pay themselves last year.
    1. Executive Leader and Cabinet Member for
    Performance and Resources J.W. Thomas £48,100
    2. Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regulatory
    and Legal Services T.H. Jarvie £33,600
    3. Cabinet Member for Learning and Culture R.A. Penrose £29,100
    4. Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning J.C. Bird £29,100
    5. Cabinet Member for Housing and Building Services A.C. Parker £29,100
    6. Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health and
    Leisure G.C. Kemp £29,100
    7. Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services and Transport G.A. Cox £29,100
    TOTAL £227000 for year 2016/17

    • Tom Perry says:

      Is that the same R A Penrose who was elected by the folk of Sully as an independent candidate but is now propping up the Tories in their Cowbridge heartland?

      • Name supplied says:

        Yep. The very same one. Strange how Kevin Mahoney has kept quiet about it. I imagine if a Labour councillor had joined the Conservatives or vice versa like Mr Penrose, he would be shouting from the roof tops.

      • Lou says:

        A nice little earner.

      • Kevin Mahoney says:

        Thank you for your enquiry ‘Mr/Mrs/Ms Name supplied’

        As the the description title implies, Bob Penrose and myself are Independent councillors. I know that Education standards in Wales under the control of the Labour party have plummeted year on year in comparison with the rest of the World as noted in the international PISA worldwide rankings, but I think that it is worth impressing on you that the word Independent in this context indicates that Mr Penrose carries out whatever actions that he wishes too without referring to me or seeking my permission.

        As ward residents know well, we work together for the good of the ward on many issues and independently on other matters as residents contact us individually or matters arise that benefit from a two pronged approach.

        If the Conservative administration feel that it benefits from Mr Penrose’s expertise, experience and business acumen as a former very successful business owner running a multi million pound turnover business that is a matter between them, Mr Penrose and presumably the voters of Sully and Lavernock at any subsequent election.

        I know that Bob Penrose is more than happy to answer any questions in regards to this matter if contacted, and am a little bemused as to why someone would post an anonymous enquiry to myself, who isn’t part of the Conservative administration, on the comment section of a daily news site rather than contact Bob Penrose himself personally for an explanation of his actions.

        In regards to the original subject of the artlcle highlighting the recommended payrise for councillors I contacted the Vale of Glamorgan / Cardiff wage department weeks ago requesting that any payrise about to be implemented be deducted from my own renumeration.

        Thank you for your enquiry, I’m sure that Bob Penrose is eagerly anticipating a communication from you requesting clarification of his postiion as part of the Conservative administration as he is the only person who can answer your concerns in this instance.

  2. Racist Mark (aka Mark Foster) says:

    A far superior solution is simply to shut down the Vale of Glamorgan Council, the Welsh Parliament and the Penarth Town Council, replace them with a system of local mayors or gauleiters, reduce the salaries of their management by about 50%, and sell off their buildings as museums. The saving to the people of Wales will be several hundred million pounds per year.

    You people have so corrupted the British democratic process via your capture of the BBC and MSM that it has now become meaningless. You have no control over your policies as they are set by your Israeli and Zionist masters who have just started World War III with their illegal actions in Syria, to protect their position. The Russian people are far better off than the British working class, many of whom have to exist on food stamps.

    You still haven’t told us whether you are registered wirh a local GP in Penarth or whether you use a special health service just for politicians.

    • Peter Church says:

      Remember when you ran away
      And I got on my knees
      And begged you not to leave
      Because I’d go beserk
      Well you left me anyhow
      And then the days got worse and worse
      And now you see I’ve gone
      Completely out of my mind
      And they’re coming to take me away ha-haaa
      They’re coming to take me away ho-ho hee-hee ha-haaa
      To the funny farm
      Where life is beautiful all the time
      And I’ll be happy to see those nice young men
      In their clean white coats
      And they’re coming to take me away ha-haaa
      You thought it was a joke
      And so you laughed
      You laughed when I said
      That losing you would make me flip my lid
      You know you laughed
      I heard you laugh, you laughed
      You laughed and laughed and then you left
      But now you know I’m utterly mad
      And they’re coming to take me away ha-haaa

      • Racist Mark (aka Mark Foster) says:

        You say I’ve gone mad.

        Watch General Jonathan Shaw being cut off by Sky News. You need a benevolent fascist dictator who will shut down your democratic institutions and prevent World War III which will be fought to defeat Russia and Iran to save Israel.

      • Arthur says:

        You’d do well to do your own research before you mock.

    • Susan says:

      The Welsh parliament is simply another level of bureaucracy we could do without. Staffing costs at the body which runs the Welsh Assembly have increased by almost 90% since its establishment a decade ago to £55m a year! Carwyn Jones alone earns 150K a year?!?! For what exactly?!?! Bilingual road signs.

  3. John Powell says:

    We ha e twice as many councillors as Scotland, which has twice as many people!
    IF there is an appropriate pruning of numbers, most folk wouldn’t begrudge local Cllrs expenses and some sort of honorarium. If we could see much Cllrs cost per head of population – BUT we also don’t need a Town Counxil, Vale Council, Assembly gift and Westminster. My preference would be to scrap the PTC and VOG, and to replace them with the former Penarth District Council, with a slimmed down Assemby reporting to Westminster (no need for a Welsh office in London either).

  4. AK says:

    My money is on acceptance !

    Sure fire winner.

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