Caerphilly Considers Options over 'Unlawful' 30% Pay-Rise Decision; INCREASE BASED ON REPORT BY BOSS WHO GOT PS35,000 MORE

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Caerphilly Considers Options over 'Unlawful' 30% Pay-Rise Decision; INCREASE BASED ON REPORT BY BOSS WHO GOT PS35,000 MORE


Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON martin.shipton@walesonline.co.uk

THE chief executive of Caerphilly council has been urged to "consider his position" after admitting that a decision to award huge secret pay rises to himself and 20 top managers could be unlawful.

In a report to a special meeting of the authority to be held today, Anthony O'Sullivan says the required three days' notice of the meeting where the decision was made was not given.

Mr O'Sullivan himself received a pay rise of up to PS35,000 following a decision by five councillors in September, with others getting increases of up to 30%. The decision was based on a report written by Mr O'Sullivan at that time.

When news of the secret rises leaked out last month, there was a walkout by council staff, who are on the third year of a pay freeze.

Before Christmas, members of the controlling Labour group apologised for the way the issue had been handled, and called for an investigation into the possibility of rescinding the rises. Following legal advice from Geldards solicitors, Mr O'Sullivan has set out the options in a report to be considered by councillors this evening: | Rescind the decision and put the senior officers on the old pay scales. The officers to be protected for 18 months on the terms and conditions introduced by the Senior Remuneration Committee. This approach would be in accordance with the existing policy of the authority; | Rescind the decision, dismiss the officers and offer to re-engage on their previous terms and conditions | Take the decision afresh confirming existing terms and conditions will be maintained in accordance with the recommendations set out in the report to the Senior Remuneration Committee on September 5 2012; | Take the decision afresh confirming the senior officer pay structure will be maintained in accordance with the recommendations in the report to the Senior Remuneration Committee on September 5, but with a different decision regarding the pay strategy.

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