Councillors To Discuss Councillor Pay Rise

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  • #122262

    wrexview
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    The reason they gave for taking that action was “they had to take the increase ” , there was in fact no such compulsion.

    #122263

    jimbow
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    For the record County Councillors do not set their own pay that is carried out by an Independant Body.

    With the run up to local elections it is understandable that members do not wish to be associated with pay increases, especially at a time when we are still forced to make cash savings in the region of £5million next year.

    That said if Council employees are entitled to a pay award then surely there is an argument that County Councillors ought to be treated no differently.

    Once awarded elected members can instruct payroll to pay them the existing rate or forgo their allowance 100% if they so wish.

    Before I am asked back in 2012 I decided to commit myself more or less full-time to the role of a lay Councillor and for that reason I have no concerns about receiving the £14k pa allowance.

    I hope we can attract younger Wrexham folk to stand and be elected in 2017 but the constant snipping at the role of County Councillor will surely put off a number of worthy candidates. Who then is the loser….I would argue the people of Wrexham.

    Cllr Phil Wynn

    14k per annum is a hell of an hourly rate for a part time job.

    #122273

    jimbow
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    I have looked at the attendance register for Councillors on WCBC web site.
    On extracting the figures for one Councillor from 21/11/15 to 7/11/16 the expected attendance at meetings was 25, of which they attended 19. The Councillor also attended 14 meetings over and above what they were expected to attend.
    The meetings are in the region of two hours, times 33 meetings attended,equals 66 hours for £14,000 or £212 per hour.
    I think their allowance needs to be reduced.

    #122324

    Nen
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    I have looked at the attendance register for Councillors on WCBC web site.
    On extracting the figures for one Councillor from 21/11/15 to 7/11/16 the expected attendance at meetings was 25, of which they attended 19. The Councillor also attended 14 meetings over and above what they were expected to attend.
    The meetings are in the region of two hours, times 33 meetings attended,equals 66 hours for £14,000 or £212 per hour.
    I think their allowance needs to be reduced.

    Yes, because they just turn up to the meetings with no preparation and then do nothing else until the next meeting. 🙄

    #122325

    jimbow
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    Nen, they have ipads with all the information, that is of course if they ever read them.

    #122342

    Nen
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    Nen, they have ipads with all the information, that is of course if they ever read them.

    iPads are only a “tool” – you’ve still got to read the papers, research around any issues being discussed, speak to local residents and council (and other) colleagues, follow up any actions from the last meeting, etc, etc.

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