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Public inquiry is needed for truth; Yousay IN YOUR OPINION...

WITH reference to the letter on Caerphilly council pay rises by Clive Payne (You Say, December 10) following media articles publicising the secretive executive pay awards.

Mr Payne quite rightly asserts that "something must be done" but fails to suggest any corrective actions.

I would agree wholeheartedly with Mr Payne and suggest that an independent public inquiry is the only way that ratepayers will get to the truth of this issue.

If the investigation is left to Caerphilly council officers then I am sure that they will again resort to using both the "pink paper" procedure or the even more secretive "MIG meeting" procedure to prevent the issues becoming public.

The rumour mill is already busy asserting that Caerphilly executives only introduced the recent and well publicised "living wage" rises for the lowest paid council staff in order to award the CEO and fellow directors a pay rise 10 times greater under the new "Localism Bill" which allows directors to pay themselves 10 times the amount paid to the lowest paid employees.

The CEO and senior council officers who designed and benefited from this secretive procedure should all be suspended on full pay pending the outcome of the public inquiry; nothing less will satisfy the long-suffering ratepayers of Caerphilly county.

Timothy Maddison Ystrad Mynach Caerphilly
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 12, 2012
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