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Local Government pay ratios: Plaid Cymru calls for consistency

Plaid Cymru pledges fair, proportional local authority pay

Local authorities should be the benchmark of fair and consistent pay, Plaid Cymru has said.
Speaking after a debate was held on senior officer pay, the Party of Wales leader Leanne Wood said that the inconsistency within local government over pay ratios was alarming and unjust.
In an analysis of the best performing local authorities in terms of pay ratios, Plaid Cymru-led councils perform best, with Ceredigion coming first, Conwy second and Gwynedd fourth.
Leanne Wood said that while the living wage should become statutory across all sectors in the next Westminster Parliament, it was also important to exercise pay restraint at the top.
The Party of Wales leader Leanne Wood said:
“We want to create a fairer, more equal society and Plaid Cymru is leading by example on this by setting more proportional pay levels in the local authorities we run.
“Recently a lot of attention has been given to the unacceptably high salaries of some local authority chief executives and other top officers, and the scale of those salaries and of additional payments has resulted in instability.
“Plaid Cymru wants to create a fairer, more equal society and ensuing a more proportional pay structure will help deliver this.”