Residents losers over senior pay debacle, says Plaid Cymru leader


Tomorrow (Tuesday)  Caerphilly councillors will be asked to agree spending another £193,000 to cover the cost of the investigation by the Designated Independent Person into chief executive Anthony O'Sullivan ordered in the wake of the senior officers' pay scandal.

This is made up of another £94,000 between June 2018 and the end of 2018 to the officer and another £99,000 on legal costs.

Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group, gives his take on the latest drain on the public purse.

"Residents in the county borough will be dismayed that the bill from the senior officers’ pay scandal is rising again by another £193,000, with no end in sight it appears.

“The cost, including pay rises for the 20 top officers, is well over £5m and the debacle under Labour rule is a continuing drain on the council’s financial resources. People are asking me who is benefiting from this.Our residents have been out and out losers over the past five-and-a-half years.

“It is vital that the residents of towns like Pontllanfraith, where the future of the leisure centre is uncertain, do not pay the price of mistakes made in the past.

“I hope that the appointed Designated Independent Person will be able to complete the investigation into the chief executive, Anthony O’Sullivan, by the end of 2018, bringing this long drawn-out and unhappy era in the history of Caerphilly council to a conclusion.”