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Views differ on creation of new Swansea council posts after 'jobs for the boys' claims

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 10, 2014

Labour councillor for Townhill Nick Bradley

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SWANSEA councillors have been voicing their views on the executive support committee chair posts which have been created.

Speaking at the meeting councillor Nick Bradley, Labour councillor for Townhill and cabinet member for regeneration, said: "For the last two years there have been four empty vacancies.

"These (posts) will help support particular areas and there will be an open selection process in order to get the best people for the job."

John Bayliss, Labour councillor for Uplands, said: "I was stunned when the amendment was passed around.

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"Even with an addition of four posts there will still be fewer councillors on a senior wage than the previous administration."

However, there has been strong opposition to the posts.

Paxton Hood-Williams, Conservative councillor for Fairwood said: "It's not very often all other parties on the council agree with one course of action but the creation of these positions is ridiculous."

Peter Black, Liberal Democrat councillor for Cwmbwrla, said: "In my view these committees are a device to secure additional allowances for four Labour councillors.

"They will only meet four times a year, which means that the chairs will be paid £2,175 per meeting. Nice work if you can get it.

"I do not think it is appropriate for public money to be used to fund Labour Party policy development."

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  • hoppsnskips  |  May 10 2014, 4:49PM

    It's pretty funny to read the Lib Dems, tories and independents sounding shocked at these additional positions. When Chris Holley ran Swansea, doling out juicy special responsibility payments was the only inventive that mattered. I don't think Labour should be doing the same. Otherwise what was the point of getting rid of the old lot? One more thing. Nobody mentioned this when I went to the budget consultation meeting three months ago. Does Sustainable Swansea just mean I'm all right Jack?

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