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  • "I can't speak for everyone in Pembrokeshire (as I'm not a politician or a council leader), but at the end of the day, all I want is value for money. I want those who are elected into these positions, who are paid public money - our money - to do their jobs, to actually DO them, and do them well.

    Our biggest problem is the lack of accountability. Bless him, but Huw George for instance, rather than gets fired gets given a different position as head of something else. I heard a story from a friend who overhead him being questioned by a teenager who asked him outright "What do you actually do?" A short time later he resigned his position. Our young people aren't stupid, and neither are the rest of us voters.

    My councillor has definitely lost my vote on account of this whole fiasco, which is nothing more than an embarrassment to the people of Pembs. Not once have the council apologised. All we get are the bog standard 'since this incident improvements have been made.'

    The fact remains that until we get decent candidates standing at the elections these people will get in time and time again. If only we had the option of voting 'none of the above' this would sort it out once and for all.

    This whole thing has shown PCC up to be who they really are, and their intentions are becoming increasingly clear. I feel sorry for the ordinary council workers, particularly those who are diligently working, as they're getting tarred with the same brush."
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Beware huge Council Tax rises for Pembrokeshire public if local authority mergers go ahead - council leader

First published in News

Pembrokeshire Council Tax payers would be forking out considerably more if potential local authority boundary changes go ahead, it was said this week.

Pembrokeshire County Council Leader, Councillor Jamie Adams, has compared the Pembrokeshire Council Tax rise of 3.4 per cent to what it have been had the council been amalgamated with neighbouring local authorities, as is proposed.

Councillor Adams said he regretted the increase of 3.4 per cent, even though it was the lowest in both cash and percentage terms in Wales.

However he stressed he was also deeply concerned that the people of Pembrokeshire should understand the financial implications of the Williams Report on local government reorganisation if it is adopted by the Welsh Government.

The report suggests two possibilities: amalgamating Pembrokeshire with Ceredigion or Pembrokeshire with Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire - the so called ‘new Dyfed’ option.

Councillor Adams said: “Had I been speaking not as the Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council but as Leader of ‘new Dyfed’, the Council Tax rise for those in Band D would not have been just 3.4 per cent but a whopping 26 per cent.

“That’s an extra £193 a year to Pembrokeshire Council Tax payers. For those in Band I it would be an eye-watering £450 increase.

“Likewise, were we to be twinned with Ceredigion, the Council Tax increase would have been 15.9 per cent or £118 a year.

“I think these massive increases speak for themselves and should provide food for thought for those who advocate local government reorganisation.”

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