The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales has set new – higher – salaries for Vale of Glamorgan councillors

Members of the Vale of Glamorgan Council are set to receive a pay rise next year of 1.97% under proposals put forward by the independent body which oversees the pay of public officials in Wales – the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales (IRPW)

The panel’s proposals have been discussed this week by the Vale Council’s Democratic Services Committee

The committee has been told that the IRPW believes the pay of councillors has “not kept pace with the original comparator  used to establish an appropriate level of remuneration due to pressure on public expenditure. ”

The  Independent Remunderation Panel for Wales is  proposing what it describes as “a further modest increase in the basic salary of elected members of principal councils [ that’s big councils like the Vale of Glamorgan –  and not town and community councils] “in an effort to prevent further erosion of Member remuneration.”

Vale of Glamorgan Councillors are set to  receive a new basic annual salary to £13,868 a year.On top of this councillors  also receive additional pay if they hold senior positions like the chairmanship of various committees.

The full Vale Council will be asked to vote on whether to approve the new higher salaries in due course before the new rates come into force next year

The Vale of Glamorgan Councillors who represented Penarth wards between APRIL 1 2017 to MARCH 31 2018 were paid as follows:-

Cllr M E J Birch (Labour Stanwell) £1,358.60 [ Mrs Birch did not seek re-election in the May 2017 local election]

Cllr Rhiannon Birch (Labour Cornerswell) £13,358.60

Cllr Liz Burnett (Labour St Augustines and later Stanwell) £13,389.81 plus senior salary of £9,477.14 = £22,866.95 [ Cllr Burnett did not contest her former St Augustine’s seat and was elected instead in Stanwell Ward in May 2017 ]

Cllr Ben Gray (Conservative Plymouth Ward) £12,031.22 plus senior salary of £7,413.68 = total of £19,444.90   [Cllr Gray was first elected in May 2017 and is chair of the planning committee]

Cllr Kathryn McCaffer (Conservative Plymouth Ward) £12,031.22 plus expenses as member of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority £1,223.08 = £13,254.30  [ Cllr McCaffer was first elected in May 2017]

Cllr Maureen Kelly Owen (Conservative Plymouth Ward) £1,358.60 [Cllr Kelly-Owen stepped down before the May 2017 elections]  

Cllr Peter King (Labour Cornerswell) £13,389.81 plus £1,603.77= £14,993.58 [Cllr King was the cabinet member for transport in the former Labour adminstration up until May 2017 after which he was an orduinary councillor ]

Cllr Gwyn Roberts (Labour St Augustines) £1,358.60 [ Cllr Roberts did not stand for re-election to the Vale Council in the May 2017 local elections and contested- but lost- his Penarth Town Council seat for the same ward ]

Cllr Neil Thomas (Labour St Augustines) £12,031.22 [ Cllr Thomas was first elected to the Vale Council in May 2017 but lost his seat on Penarth Town Council] 

Cllr Clive Williams (Conservative Plymouth Ward) £2,338.66 [ Cllr Williams was controversially “de-selected”  by a handful of members of the Penarth Conservative Branch and was not allowed to stand in the 2017 elections as a Conservative candidate in the Plymouth Ward – which he had represented for 20 years. He subsequently contested the Plymouth Ward seat as an Independent candidate but lost. His councillor’s salary for the last financial year was therefore paid only until May 2017 ] 

Cllr Mark Wilson (Labour Stanwell) £13,389.91 plus senior salary of £888.71 = £14,278.52





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  1. Joe says:

    And with that up goes your council tax. More reward for failure – AGAIN.

  2. Kevin Mahoney says:

    Might I be allowed point out that I have refused last years unjustified pay rise and will refuse this and any further pay rise to councillors renumeration during this whole council term.

    As far as I am concerned candidates knew what the situation was when standing for election and there should not be any alterations nor enhancements during an entire council 5 year term. It looks like most of the councillors listed above aren’t doing too badly out of enhancements over the basic fugure anyway.

    • Lesley says:

      On that basis, I’m assuming you disagree with all employees getting pay rises then in any job? As they “knew what the situation was” when they first got the job

      • Kevin Mahoney says:

        Thank you for your enquiry Lesley

        I am also on record as also taking a voluntary pay cut in disgust at the previous Labour administration busy cutting the working hours of our library staff plus the continued pay freeze for both public and private sector workers at that time whilst accepting a pay rise themselves. ( we’re all in in it together… or maybe not? )

        I would have thought that it is perfectly clear that my comments refer to elected councillors. I’m struggling to see any ambiguity in my words but please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any concerns or doubts as to comprehension of any comments that I may make that you may be struggling to understand.

        Thank you once again for your question, I’m always happy to help clear up any confusion.

      • Scootergirl says:

        Trolling again Lesley

  3. Christopher David says:

    The Clubs doing very well. I see the likes of build a Foley Burnett and ducker divers Gray and Sivagnanam are doing very nicely.

  4. Obergruppenführer Mark (aka Mark Foster) says:

    Forget this corrupted democratic nonsense. Wot u need Boyos is a system of Gauleiters in the Town Halls, Vale Councils and Assemblies in Wales. Save yourselves several hundred million pounds a year. Unless you’re prepared to take action, nothing’s going to change. Wot do u think, Mike Yorke, in Cabaret?

  5. Clive says:

    A rise in council tax, less potholes filled in(if that possible) higher and more parking charges to name but a few things should cover the cost for this pay rise for these absolutely useless councillors supposedly representing the residents of the Vale. They must be laughing their heads of and quids in ££££££££

  6. Scootergirl says:

    Pigs in the trough come to mind

  7. the Countess says:

    Someone please derail this “ Gravy train” disgraceful how these Councillors who can morally take these rises

  8. Taxpayer says:

    Why should any of them Get a pay rise,they don’t desive any think 💩💩💩

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