New panel to curb council pay

The Welsh Government is to set up an independent panel to set the salaries of top council officers after an opposition threat to derail important legislation

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Councils warn pay panel could cause legal problems

A spokesperson for the Welsh Local Government Association, which represents local councils, said any attempts to change the way Chief Executives and other senior officers are paid could lead to employment tribunals and put off talented staff taking up key roles in Wales.

In the last analysis the legality of this proposal could be subject to judicial challenge and we would expect local government to be fully consulted and involved in any proposals which may impact on remuneration in the sector. The main question must be, has the National Assembly fully considered the wider implications of this proposal in terms of equal pay and the potential ramifications it might have on all council employees in Wales?

– WLGA spokesperson

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