While political debate rages on at a national level ahead of the general election, peace appears to be permeating the parties of Caerphilly County Borough Council.
Less than a month after the historic local election in Caerphilly which saw Labour consecutively elected as the ruling party of the council for the first time, the leader of the Plaid Cymru group on the council has welcomed Labour’s decision to cut the number of cabinet members from ten to nine.
A new-look executive cabinet of councillors was formally selected at the council’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday May 18, with new council leader David Poole promising the cabinet would “deliver a clear vision for the authority over the next five years.”
Llanbradach councillor, Colin Mann, who is the Plaid Cymru leader on the council, said of the reduction: “This is good news for council taxpayers. It’s just a shame that it has taken five years and a new Labour leader for this to cut to happen.
“The long-term refusal by Labour to reduce cabinet members from ten to nine was against a background of people in Caerphilly county borough seeing cuts in their services with more planned in the coming years.
“Axing one cabinet member from ten to nine will save around £30,000 a year when national insurance and other costs are also taken into account.
“When you are faced by challenging financial times in the future, then it is right senior councillors should take their share of cuts.”