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  • in reply to: Councillors To Discuss Councillor Pay Rise #122342

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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.

    in reply to: Councillors To Discuss Councillor Pay Rise #122324

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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. 🙄

    in reply to: 55 New iPads For Councillors #122239

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    Refuse to accept superannuation which typically costs the Council 20% of an employees gross pay.

    Argue for fewer elected members to serve on the Executive Board.

    Maybe they also ought to exact promises from their AM’s, MP’s and Police Commissioners to forgo their membership of superannuation.

    If they don’t then I would argue they are putting themselves up as being virtuous so as to win over the minds of those members of the general public who feel let down by the whole political system rather than being principled want to be elected County Councillors.

    Cllr Phil Wynn

    Ps for the avoidance of doubt these are my own views on how to drive down the cost of democracy.

    People already complain about the quality of these elected officers – I’m not sure how reducing the size of their remuneration package by 20% is going to help increase this quality! If you pay peanuts you get monkeys.

    in reply to: Any thoughts/comments #122144

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    If North Wales is the 4th best place to visit in the world and Wrexham is the 2nd best place to visit in North Wales, surely that means that WREXHAM IS THE 8th BEST PLACE TO VISIT IN THE WORLD! Approximately

    in reply to: 55 New iPads For Councillors #122143

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    Why should they use their own equipment for their work? Nice to see them coming into the 21st Century.

    in reply to: Councillors To Discuss Councillor Pay Rise #122041

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    The increases being proposed are paltry – no wonder Wrexham is struggling to attract quality Counsellors.

    in reply to: Family Homes by hospital #122011

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    Once those houses are built, those roads probably will be used as a makeshift overspill car park for the hospital anyway.

    in reply to: PWC payments #121752

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    Really glad that someone had better Excel skills than me– what is interesting from an accounting view point is that the Council have been splitting the costs over 4 different budget headings– has this been deliberate to deflect people from seeing the full amount easily or is it they actually have more than one contract in place. The big one which is supposed to be 10% of £45m what are they others for?
    It really does show that the management in the Council need to go as ratepayers are paying for them and now consultants to do the same role surely this is double funding or is it covering up the incompetence of the management team to get and so their job of managing change.
    PWC like most consultants generally talk to existing management and staff and then regurgitate in a format that looks like their work rather than letting managers get on and do the job.
    Hiding behind a consultant’s report when things get difficult really shows a complete lack of leadership and an inability to deal with difficult decisions.
    Nen I dont think anyone is questioning PWC proffesional ability to carry out the task the real issue is why have them in the fisrt place.

    Why does any organisation buy in consultancy? To fill short term skill gaps when they are needed. It is not cost effective to permanently employ these highly paid people. They should be identifying savings that will help counteract any cuts.

    in reply to: PWC payments #121692

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    Not sure what the problem is? PWC is a quality firm providing consultancy services.


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    Yes and (i am told) to the tune of £380,000. Is that what we want in the days when essential services are being cut back? Barmy!

    What cost £380k? To draw up the plans or the funding to increase the number of Welsh speakers? If it’s the former then that’s a lot of money. If it’s the latter then it’s frankly not enough.

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