Wrexham councillors accept pay rise but will lobby against plan

Published date: 27 March 2014 |
Published by: Charlie Croasdale
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COUNCILLORS are set to write to the Welsh Government expressing their dissatisfaction about being handed pay rises.

Johnstown councillor David Bithell led the calls in asking Wrexham Council to lobby the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales (IRPW) to implement a pay freeze across all councils in Wales for 2015-16.

It comes after the IRPW last month recommended a pay rise across Wrexham council for members for 2014/15, which the councillors have no choice but to accept.

At a full council meeting last night, councillors voted to accept the pay increase but Cllr Bithell was successful in adding a recommendation the council write to IRPW and the Welsh Government calling for a national pay freeze on all councillors for the following financial year.

Leader of the council, Neil Rogers, said they had previously sent similar correspondence to the Welsh Government in 2010, but their proposals were rejected.

He said he and fellow Labour members had donated their pay increase to charities in the Wrexham area and added he believed the majority of members would follow suit.

Cllr Bithell said: “We don’t have any choice but to accept the panel’s report. The press and public see salaries going up and rightly are concerned but as councillors we can’t do anything about it.

“I recommend we make strong representation a pay freeze is implemented nationally on all councillors the following year.”

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  1. Posted by: a cahill at 12:52 on 27 March 2014 Report

    Once again WCBC leads the way.....scrounging and self interest is the order of the day

  2. Posted by: Mr.Gobbi at 16:50 on 27 March 2014 Report

    Boy do I feel sorry for these people who have to accept this pay rise and all the preceding ones, must be so difficult for them. Just keep the 'gravy train' rolling along boys and girls as long as possible reorganisation is on its way.

  3. Posted by: wxm_bsp at 19:37 on 27 March 2014 Report

    If they had no option but to accept, why did they have a vote? What would have happened if they had voted to refuse it?! They must be laughing when reading this story!

  4. Posted by: truth hurts at 19:48 on 27 March 2014 Report

    There must have been a big bull around here, because all I can smell is its sh..

  5. Posted by: griff62 at 20:45 on 31 March 2014 Report

    Simple, give to charity whatever the pay rise is that they don't want to accept but they are being made to accept. How many have thought of that instead of trying to gain brownie points in the paper, what a load of tosh.

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