Cardiff councillors get pay increase…but leader’s entitlement cut

August 2, 2011 12 Comments »
Cardiff councillors get pay increase…but leader’s entitlement cut

Cardiff councillors are set for a 16% pay hike following a new settlement announced yesterday.

And the council’s leader faces a pay cut under the new rules – but of just £119.

Rodney Berman will be paid £52,581 from 2012/13, compared to £52,700 last year, following a report from the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales.

The basic salary of Cardiff councillors – currently the lowest in South Wales – will rise from £11,342 to £13,175.

The panel, which sets allowances for councillors, published a consultation report which cuts basic salaries for councillors by 5% below the current maximum and senior salaries by 10% below the maximum.

The panel previously set a maximum allowance, with councils free to set their own levels. This year, however, it will prescribe the amount to be paid across Wales.

As many local authorities currently do not pay councillors the maximum allowances allowed, it will mean that, in many councils, amounts will actually rise rather than fall.

Salaries for leaders will vary as to the size of the local authority. Leaders of the largest “Group A” councils – including Cardiff – will receive £52,700.

Similarly, payment for other senior roles will vary according to authority size, but will be 10% less than the previous maximum allowed. The report also sets similarly reduced levels of payment for members of national park authorities and members of fire and rescue authorities.

Steve Thomas, chief executive of the Welsh Local Government Association, said he believed the report was “very flawed”.

“I think it’s divisive,” he said. “I think in a year running up to local government elections, telling some councils that they’re going to be receiving increases while others are going to have pay cuts is not a great, attractive approach to getting new people to come into councils.

“I think the stuff on SRAs [senior responsibility allowances] is naive in the extreme and I’m not that clear that the cost saving is going to be £1m.”

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12 Comments

  1. Paul August 2, 2011 at 10:24 am - Reply

    What ever you say about Cardiff Council, fair pay to them for keeping their allowances down. Anyone remember the fuss when Russel Goodway kept increasing his pay, then of course he made himself leader and mayor at the same time.
    This panel presumably means that all Councillors (exc leaders etc) across Wales will now be paid the same I assume?

  2. Paul August 2, 2011 at 10:32 am - Reply

    What ever you say about Cardiff Council, fair pay to them for keeping their allowances down. Anyone remember the fuss when Russel Goodway kept increasing his pay, then of course he made himself leader and mayor at the same time.

  3. Council employee August 2, 2011 at 10:35 am - Reply

    Obscene. Whilst we, the staff face pay freezes or, in many cases, a re-writing of our terms and conditions that effectively cuts our pay, those who drive these policies forward receive pay increases. Utter obscenity.

    • Richard J August 2, 2011 at 10:01 pm - Reply

      You are right councillors should not get more of a rise then the employees and that was recognised by the councillors in Cardiff last year when they froze the councillors allowance.
      This Welsh assembly appointed Committee is now setting the rate for allowances not the council and it is they who have decided what pay councillors should get and councillors have no right to refuse them unfortunately. .

  4. Merlinthemagician August 2, 2011 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Yes one would have to agree that this is totally out of place in these supposed times of restraint with most people in public services and the N-H service too, not even getting a cost of living rise! Why these people? Taking into account this was once a part time job with just expenses paid , now in the age of paperless bills, computers, and I-T supposedly to make things more easy and efficient these part time workers are now paid full time wages….
    Unbelievable readily comes to mind….but ain't this typical of council run projects and scenarios, how much will the council tax be going up to pay for this?

  5. Ignored Employee August 2, 2011 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    What a kick in the stomach for diligent, hard working Council employees who have endured a 2 year pay freeze and face yet another year without cost of living rises whilst battling increasing, food, petrol and utility bills., plus the knowledge that yet more savings have to be made from ever shrinking budgets.

    Please tell me how Councillors will defend their pay rises whilst community services in Cardiff dwindle down causing hardship for the vulnerable members of our community.

  6. Ignored employee August 2, 2011 at 3:02 pm - Reply

    There should be a widespread call for Councillors to renounce this pay rise

    • Richard J August 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm - Reply

      The councillors have no right to refuse this. The Welsh Assembly appointed Committee now decide pay and whether councillors get a rise or reduction in the allowance. the rise looks large for Councillors in Cardiff and Conwy because they were being paid £2,000 less then councillors in the Labour run valley areas of South Wales.

  7. Nathan Collins August 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Council jobs, cut.
    Council services, cut.
    Council tax, raised.
    Councillors salaries, raised.
    See a trend here?

  8. Ignored Employee August 3, 2011 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    Yes we were quite expecting the response that Cllrs didn;t decide this, they don't have the right to refuse etc….

    Shame staff won'r have the right to refuse when facing 3rd pay freeze in a row and likely additional salary cuts when Job Evaluation is implemented

  9. MattS August 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm - Reply

    Totally unacceptable decision given that Council workers are having their pay frozen.

    To be fair to Cardiff Councillors, when they had control of their own pay they chose to freeze it for five years running. Then the Assembly took away that right and gave them all a pay rise. So by all means criticise the decision, but bear in mind that if the Councillors themselves were still making the decision they'd probably still be frozen.

    I think this new Welsh Assembly decision making body should rule that Councillors pay should go up at the same rate that other Council staff's pay does. At least that would keep things fair in future.

  10. chris August 4, 2011 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    There are too many councillors and too many councils in Wales – cut the number of councillors and merge the councils! Gwynedd with Anglesey, Conwy with Denbighshire, Flintshire with Wrexham, Cardiff with Caerphilly, VOG and RCT, put Ceredigion with Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, Merge Swansea with NPT and Brigend – that'll do for a starter! Then have a look at Gwent and the rest of the valleys – 'simples!"

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