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.”