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Caerphilly criticised for 'unlawful' pay rises

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Caerphilly CBC acted unlawfully when it granted large pay rises to its chief executive and senior managers, an independent investigation has found.

A report by the Wales Audit Office’s assistant auditor general Anthony Barrett has criticised the local authority’s chief executive, Anthony O’Sullivan, for recommending pay rises for himself and other senior managers without considering a “full range of options” and without making details of the proposal available to the public in line with regulations.

It said Mr O’Sullivan also sat in a meeting to approve the pay rises without declaring an interest, and without leaving the room while the decision was made.

A failure to observe these processes meant the council’s decision to agree the pay rises had been taken unlawfully, Mr Barrett’s report said. The decision has since been revoked.

According to Wales Online Mr O’Sullivan’s recommendation resulted in his salary being increased from £132,000 to £158,000 while many council employees faced the third year of a pay freeze.

A statement from the council said:  “We are currently reviewing the recommendations contained in the report.

“The Wales Audit Office report will be considered at a meeting of full council in due course, so it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”

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