May 25, 2017 at 2:03 pm #131996
The Election was weeks ago, so either inefficient or discussions ongoing !
Oh how the mighty wheels of bureaucracy keep on turning.May 25, 2017 at 4:25 pm #132007
Cabinet approach to local government doesn’t allow people a voice.
The executive board make all the decisions and freeze out plaid and labour.
The people of Wrexham deserve better than toothless representation because of a hierarchical model of governance.
The board should be in line with proportional representation.May 25, 2017 at 10:28 pm #132021
Cant find the 2016/17 rates
From 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 Elected Members received the following payments:
Annual Basic Salary £13,300
Annual Senior Salaries (Inclusive of Basic Salary above)
Council Leader £48,000
Deputy Leader £33,500
Executive Board Members with Lead Responsibility £29,000 (THIS WILL BE THE MINIMUM FOR ANY EXECUTIVE MEMBER WITH LEAD PORTFOLIO WHICH TRADITIONALLY HAS MEANT ALL OF THEM)
Committee Chairpersons £22,000
Deputy Mayor £16,000
Co-opted Member Fees
Chairperson £256 daily (£128 half day)
Ordinary Member £198 daily (£99 half day)
Reimbursement of travelling and expenses reimbursed whilst undertaking duties approved by the Authority are also included on the list.
Payments made by other bodies to elected members of this Authority are also included on the list.May 25, 2017 at 10:33 pm #132023
Also looks like they dont start meeting for Scrutiny etc til 12th June?? 6 weeks after the were elected http://moderngov.wrexham.gov.uk/mgCalendarMonthView.aspx?XXR=0&M=6&DD=2017&ACT=Go&May 26, 2017 at 12:30 pm #132034
So much for the new Council, hitting the ground running!May 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm #132039
Looking at the 5 new members of the Executive Board. Cllr Phil Wynn prefers a Politically balanced system. The Board are not politically balanced, yet Cllr Wynn has not refused his portfolio. In his Q & A session on Wrexham.com he points out, to webcam viewers the Exec Board comes across as a rubber-stamping mechanism which lacks transparency and challenge. This has to change. He also pushed for a feasibility study for the Groves as there is no clear need for a secondary school. Well as Lead for Education can we expect things to change?
Cllr Paul Rogers leads on Poverty. When has a Conservative ever been concerned about the less well off?
As for Cllrs Evans, Baldwin and Griffiths who knows where they stand? none of them filed a return on the Q & A session on Wrexham.comMay 27, 2017 at 12:43 am #132072
I wonder if these Lead Member positions were selected by a formal interview process based on a skills audit required for each role how many would get the job?
Do any of them have any professional qualifications/understanding of their portfolio — not many (sorry none) from what I can make out? Who knows what the CVs would throw up for those that didn’t complete the Wrexham.com pre election questionnaire.
I wonder how many of them will be in the same roll in twelve months time- that is also including Cllr Pritchard as Leader — if it has taken so long to select Cllrs for the relevant portfolios it shows that not many /if any within the remainder of the Ruling Group has an ounce of experience to come forward.
Selection certainly appears to have been on a length of service – the Leads have been given based it appears rewarding the longer serving Councillors.
Lets see how independent the newly elected Councillors will turn out to be – the fact that we still have two separate Independent Groups shows that the Guildhall is not a happy camp and Cllr Pritchard will need to be buying new knee pads on a regular basis or his trousers will wear through from being on his knees begging for his supporters to agree with him.May 27, 2017 at 7:36 pm #132083
How on earth can the anti-poverty portfolio be given to a Tory?May 28, 2017 at 2:49 pm #132099
Well I will be very interested if Cllr Pritchard would release what criteria he has used to appoint the Lead Members- as per the Council Constitution he is to-
“Allocate Executive Board Members to roles having regard to their abilities.”
It remains to be seen how each will perform – based on the information some have posted on the pre-election wrexham.com section of the site they have either omitted very significant parts of their CV’s or if they are accurate there will be significant gaps in the knowledge they have to undertake their new roles. There is hardly any evidence that any of them have ever had any professional experience in the topic areas they have been allocated.May 28, 2017 at 4:21 pm #132101
This is why the Council is officer led, lack of little intelligence on the Exec Board. The Executive Board members only vote on, officer recommendations. On the Exec Board webcasts you will see the heads of departments having to sit with the lead member to answer and explain the proposals. The Executive Board posts cost the taxpayer in the region of 300k per annum. Do we get value for money? I think not.
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