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UNLAWFUL PAY INCREASES MAY COST COUNCILLORS

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Cardiff CC councillors could have to pay back money they received wrongly from the council....
Cardiff CC councillors could have to pay back money they received wrongly from the council.

Auditor Janet Jones has probed how Cardiff came to unlawfully spend£2.7m on councillors' allowances and a further£75,250 in pay increases for officers between 1996 and 2001.

Under mediation the council conceded it had acted unlawfully, while the auditor accepted officers and councillors had acted in good faith and on legal advice. This has left£152,752 of allowances that the auditor said could not have been within the law.

Cardiff has formed a recovery committee to try to secure repayment from those concerned.

Ms Jones said chief executive Byron Davies and former leader Russell Goodway (Lab) had not acted dishonestly, but criticised Mr Davies for failing 'to recognise the need to avoid any occasion for suspicion'.
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