Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Rebels undermine Golden Goodbyes
Caerphilly and Wrexham Councils have now joined Rhonnda Cynon Taff and Gwynedd in refusing to implement a scheme that will see long-standing Councillors receive a pay-off of up to £20,000 if they stand down next year. Denbighshire and Powys have voted against the scheme today, Ynys Mon are due to vote today also and others over the coming weeks. It seems that Councillors at least are in touch with public opinion on this even if the Labour Assembly Government is not. It is possible that by the end of this process a majority of Welsh Councils will not be offering these Golden Goodbyes to their members. If that happens then the scheme and the credibility of the Minister and the Welsh Local Government Association will be in tatters.