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Here’s a question for you…

by Prue Bray on 26 July, 2012

Is it right for council-owned companies in Wokingham to pay councillors who are appointed as non-executive directors of those companies £6095 a year?

Bear in mind when answering that 

– if the work was being done in the council and not in a hived-off company, they wouldn’t get paid extra for it

– the normal process for appointments  is they are made by full council, but that has been bypassed for appointing directors

– the normal process for determining pay rates – and indeed, the principle of pay for particular roles – is via an independent panel, but that has been bypassed for directors

– there has been no discussion or consultation or even warning that councillors would be paid for this role

– the money would be paid by the company – but the company is wholly owned by the council.  So it’s effectively still council money

– £6K is almost as much as a councillor’s basic pay and more than the extra paid to committee chairs, such as the Chair of the Planning Committee, who arguably have to do more work

The Lib Dems don’t think this is right.  How can £36K be magicked up for extra money for councillors while the council is blaming lack of money for doing away with the dog bins and public toilets, amongst other things?   

Well, what do you think?


3 Responses

  1. Kazek Lokuciewski says:

    I was looking for evidence on how these council owned compajies might help people who are not just in it to servetheir community were benefitting. Well done you. Though I suspect the gravry train has all sorts of twists and turns.

    Need a ministerial code for any elected public representative and serious court led charges for misconduct. Bad eggs look the same on the outside.

  2. It’s worth noting that when Government introduced a similar arrangement (for councillors to sit as directors of municipal bus companies when they were arms-lengthed in the 1980’s) they specifically legislated that those directors could not be remunerated whatsoever…

  3. Simon says:

    Hello Prue

    Could you post an update on this after the Scrutiny meeting tonight? Thank you.

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