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  • "Agreed Flashbang. If this new group are going to bring about change and an end to the corruption. They need to ask the electorate to write to the Welsh Assembly for answers to the following questions.

    How could a select cohort of Pembs County Councillors agree to pay BPJ a very large annual salary and this same elite group has also allowed him and one other senior officer to opt for a lucrative pension packag?. Is this still being investigated by the Welsh Audit Office?

    Why was the failing Education Service that required external support from the Welsh Office allowed to bunmble on for so long?
    Why have several long established buinesses ceased to exist and visitors to the county are saddened by the number of boarded up shops in the high streets.

    If they want to make savings and let local communities have transparency, then let the Welsh Government fund schools directly just as happened when FE Colleges were taken away from the Local Education Authorities in 1992. Let schools and their communities have the funding go straight to them.

    Finally as your headline suggests tackle excessive pay. Pembs CC does not need to pay its CEO more money than the Prime Minister."
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New Pembrokeshire County Council Group aims to 'increase transparency and tackle excessive pay'

A new group has been formed on Pembrokeshire County Council and presented a manifesto of policies and objectives – including improved openness and transparency at County Hall and “an end to excessive pay of senior officers.”

The Pembrokeshire Alliance Group – currently made up of Cllrs Peter Stock, Bob Kilmister and Jonathan Nutting – say they want to “eliminate patronage” by having councillors apply in writing for all positions of responsibility.

“We want to see the most able and committed people filling these roles, not the most loyal”, the group said.

They add: “We put Pembrokeshire before any political allegiance and want to see it remain a county run and scrutinised by its residents.”

The group says it is hoping to recruit other members shortly and will be looking for candidates when the council elections come around.

The members have published a six page ‘explanatory document’ outlining the group’s aims and objectives.

“No other group in Pembrokeshire has a manifesto/guiding principles that focus purely on Pembrokeshire,” a statement said.

Number one in the list of key objectives is: “To run a county council which is open and transparent”.

It goes on to say: “As a general principle, we want to delegate more decision-makin power from the current Cabinet system to a larger number of councillors, and where possible, to town and community councils. We want to see an end to the excessive pay of senior staff.”

Other key objectives are encouraging businesses, protecting the most vulnerable in society, providing affordable housing for young people, a fully integrated economic model for the county, promoting community and voluntary work and promoting good practice in education.

Pembrokeshire County Council is currently under the control of the Independent Plus Group, led by Cllr Jamie Adams.

Read the Pembrokeshire Alliance manifesto here: Pembrokeshire Alliance.pdf

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