Tuesday, 21 November 2017

'Don't take pay rise while cutting services'

Wrexham councillors challenged to show a lead 

Plaid Cymru councillors have called on other Wrexham councillors to refuse to take a pay rise while cutting jobs and services

Cllr Marc Jones, on behalf of the Plaid Cymru group of councillors on Wrexham Council, said: 
"Plaid Cymru's councillors gave a pledge not to take a pay rise if elected and we as a group have stuck to that promise. We have not taken this year's pay rise.
 "We will not be taking the proposed pay rise for next year either on a voluntary basis. On top of that, we will continue to pay for our council iPads, which was also one of our election promises.
 "We're told time after time about difficult decisions to be made by the council to save money. Well, it's time councillors made some difficult decisions about their own incomes and allowances. If every councillor followed our lead we could save £18,000 a year* to go towards a range of frontline services that the budget proposals want to cut.
 "Over time, this amounts to a substantial saving and we should be showing a lead as councillors. The idea that councillors should get any pay rise while cutting services and jobs is frankly disgusting."
The matter will be debated in Thursday's Democratic Services committee.

* Breakdown of savings:
£100 pay rise for 2017-8 per councillor x 52 = £5,200
£200 pay rise for 2018-9 per councillor x 52 = £10,400
£60 a year for iPads (£300 over the lifetime of the council term = the cost of the iPad) per councillor x 52 = £3,120

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