Cost of Caerphilly council pay scandal tops £5m



Another £469,000 is to be put aside to cover the cost of Labour’s senior officers’ pay debacle in Caerphilly.

That pushes the total to almost £5.25m with no indication when the issue involving three chief officers will be brought to a conclusion.

And it is revealed the cost of the daily investigation by an independent person will be £1,000 A DAY for 100 days, a report to council tomorrow reveals.

Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the opposition Plaid Cymru group on Caerphilly council, said:  “The last report to council in March took the overall bill to more than £4.75m and now this new report to council means the cost to tax-payers is well over £5m.

“It is hugely frustrating that nearly two years after the court case against the three senior officers came to a conclusion we are still a long way away it seems from bringing this fiasco to an end. It could well go into 2018. We have heard lots in recent weeks about a magic money tree – it seems council taxpayers’ in Caerphilly could need a magic money tree if this carries on .

“This continues to mean that money is going on this debacle which could have gone on frontline services like tackling litter, dog mess, parking issues and providing support for schools or older people. What a mess.”