Plaid Cymru have proposed Caerphilly Council’s Cabinet be cut in size.
The party called on the ruling Labour group on Caerphilly County Borough Council to cut the number of Cabinet members after leader Harry Andrews’ decision to step down.
Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group, said the resignation of Councillor Andrews provided the perfect opportunity to reduce the Cabinet membership from ten.
Councillor Mann said: “Reducing the number of Cabinet members by one would save around £30,000 when national insurance and other costs are also taken into account.
“When they came to power in 2012, Labour added another member to the Cabinet structure. The resignation of Councillor Andrews provides the perfect opportunity to reduce administrative costs.
“Times are very difficult for residents, council tax has been increased by 3.9%, public toilets have been closed and people are being asked to pay to park in our country parks. So it is only right that sacrifices should be made at the top.
“There is no justification for keeping Cabinet numbers at ten – the council can function perfectly well at nine which the last Plaid administration did.”
Labour hit back at the proposals, a spokesman said: “The Nationalists’ estimates of potential savings are wildly inflated. And recent Wales Audit Office criticisms have shown that the last, Plaid Cymru-controlled, administration in Caerphilly did not function ‘perfectly well’ with a nine-member cabinet.”
Labour group Deputy Leader Cllr Keith Reynolds added: “Under Labour leadership, governance of Caerphilly County Borough Council is steadily improving – as confirmed by WAO.
“It’s about time Cllr Colin Mann stopped trying to cover up his own failings while in office, and started coming up with serious ideas for protecting our vital public services.”