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Ian Jones

Welsh council chief pay out of control - Plaid Cymru AM

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-22735408

The Welsh government has been accused of not doing enough to rein in the big salaries of council chief executives.

Ministers resisted calls from opposition AMs to put an independent panel in charge of senior officers' pay.

One Plaid Cymru AM, Rhodri Glyn Thomas, said the wages of council chiefs were now "totally out of control".

But the Welsh government said salaries were a local matter and it would be wrong for ministers to intervene.


It rejected opposition attempts to amend a bill which would have put chief executives' pay packets in the hands of an independent panel............................................................................................................................................................................................................

I can't see why these salaries can't be set by the W.A.G if they set Councillors allowances.
kdwent

I see that a 'compromise' agreement has been reached by the WAG.  

However local councils are already saying that it can't be enforced in law.

Hey Ho it's only money after all.
Rocke

This is the same general principle as MP's Allowances, Members Allowances etc. etc.

I don't think the general public would be too concerned if they were knew that they were getting value for money. After all, we're all quite happy for a GP to be paid more than a road sweeper.

The big issue is are they worth it?

In my general experience the upper echelons of management in local government aren't value for money.
I must emphasise here that I'm talking about roles and positions, and NOT the people in them. (I've been in plenty of organisations where that would apply to the postholders themselves but I must emphasise that this isn't the case in BG, in my view).

In one council not too far from here there's a Chief Executive (whose pay equates to about 3 senior Social Workers), their Deputy (= approx. 8 part-time littter pickers) and 2 Asst Chief Execs ( = probably one or even two potholing teams).

The problem arises because managers are having to be created in order to manage er... managers.

They are also a law unto themselves (until called to account occasionally).
I've worked for (non-Welsh) councils where the Chief Exec has got themself a leased car, the guy in Caerphilly wrote his own increase apparently.
In the neighbouring council I've referred to employees were subjected to a pay review - well, all employees bar the aforementioned upper echelons.  

Where does the fault/failure lie?
In my view it's quite straightforward - no-one insists on having value-for-money proven.
At the risk of giving someone the opportunity to go off at a tangent some might recall my view on 'councillors expenses' ie. they are a laid down figure that councillors are entitled to, and as such no-one will give them up and no-one can decry a councillor for taking them, and indeed no councillor will be embarrassed to take them.
However, that doesn't prevent people asking what the public get back for that money, and embarrasing those who patently aren't worth it.
If I didn't do my job (when I had one) to its fullest specification my conduct would be questioned.

It's easy to benchmark any role.
A council gets a bad report, its Chief Exec is to blame - simple as. Doesn't stop the Chief Exec wielding the axe as well.

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