Wednesday, 27 December 2017

'Councillors should show a lead in making savings' - Plaid

Councillors are being urged to show a lead and make sacrifices to protect key services in Wrexham.

The Plaid Cymru group of councillors has called on fellow councillors to take a voluntary pay freeze as well pay for their own iPads. The group also wants to reduce the number of leading councillors from 10 to seven.

Group leader Marc Jones (Grosvenor ward) said:

"Wrexham is facing unprecedented cuts due to Tory austerity. However many of the cuts we're being asked to consider are either unrealistic or will hit frontline services in an unacceptable way. As a party, we're opposed to these ongoing cuts - which hit the most vulnerable disproportionately. That's why we're calling for councillors to show a lead by taking a voluntary pay freeze. 
"Councillors had a £100 pay rise last April and will get another £200 pay rise next April. As a group we have voluntarily given up the last pay rise and will do so again in April 2018. If all 52 councillors did the same this would raise £15,000 a year.
"Furthermore, councillors can volunteer to pay for their iPads - this would raise a further £3,000 a year."

Cllr Jones said the group, which includes Gwersyllt West councillor Gwenfair Jones and Queensway's Carrie Harper, accepted this was a small amount when set against the millions of savings the council faced.
He added:
"This won't answer the crisis we face but it's an honest attempt to show some leadership. Councillors should play their part rather than bleating there's nothing they can do. We have to be far clearer in rejecting the ideology that has seen services slashed and be doing our utmost to minimise hardship.
"That's why we also call for a reduction in the Executive Board from 10 to seven members, saving a further £39,000 a year.

"As we get more information about the exact cuts being proposed by the Executive Board, which will come in the New Year, we as a group will outline other savings as part of an alternative budget."

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