NOTE: This content is old - Published: Wednesday, Mar 27th, 2019.
A cash-strapped council plans to give a £15,000 pay rise to a highways boss after slashing the roads budget.
Denbighshire councillors will be asked tomorrow to vote in favour the inflation-busting pay deal – around a 20% increase – for Tony Ward.
Coming on the heels 6.35% council tax rise alongside cuts to make up a budget shortfall, the move has provoked anger.
But the council says it would be on shaky legal ground if it didn’t increase the pay in line with new responsibilities Mr Ward has to take on.
The most recent raft of savings included a cut of £200,000 a year for the upkeep of roads in the county.
In July, a report before councillors on the performance scrutiny committee warned that the authority needed to spend more on road repairs or it could be sued in the future.
Figures released following a Freedom of Information request showed that Denbighshire had to deal with 200 claims for damage to cars caused by poor road conditions in the last five years.
A spokesman for Denbighshire Council said: “The post of Head of Highways and Environment salary has been re-evaluated as the job description was incorrect.
“The role had previously been evaluated based on a portfolio of services that did not include four significant areas of work: passenger transport, countryside services, street works and heritage services.
“The proposal has been submitted and endorsed by the Independent Review Panel for Wales. Having a fair and transparent approach to senior leadership pay will contribute towards retaining and recruiting high calibre of leaders as well as a well-motivated workforce who in turn will contribute towards achieving the corporate priorities.”
Shane Brennan – Local Democracy Reporter (more here).