No extra £242,000 for chief executive pay scandal investigation at Caerphilly Council

No extra £242,000 for chief executive pay scandal investigation at Caerphilly Council

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Simone Greenwood started this petition to Caerphilly CBC Councillors
Problem
Chief executive of Caerphilly CBC, Anthony O’ Sullivan, together with deputy chief executive Nigel Barnett and head of legal Daniel Perkins, was suspended on full pay in March 2013 following allegations of misconduct over pay rises. The ensuing investigation and garden leave salary payments has cost Caerphilly CBC tax payers approx. £3.6 million to date, with a further £242,000 now sought to extend the investigation of Mr O'Sullivan until July 2019.

Although due process must be followed, the fact that this investigation has already taken 5 years is unacceptable.

Meanwhile, the council faces making £14.7 million of cuts to services in 2019/20, and is considering a proposed 6.95% increase in council tax. Possible cuts include:
· Reductions in street cleansing, grass cutting and highways maintenance
· The closure of two Household Waste Recycling Centres
· Reduced spending on libraries, youth, adult services and day care provision
· Reductions in school budgets and school initiatives
· Increases in school meal prices
· The Community Safety Wardens service to cease
· Closure of public toilets and four community centres
· Cease Meals on Wheels service except for clients under section 117


Solution
We the undersigned urge councillors to vote no to the proposed £242,000 extension to the investigation, and bring it to an immediate conclusion. We also urge councillors to cease any further salary payments to Anthony O'Sullivan, and seek to recoup some or all of the salary payments made to him over the last 5 years.

Personal story
I am a Caerphilly resident and council tax payer, frustrated that council leaders have allowed this situation to continue for so long at such a high cost when frontline services, plus all the things that bring joy and meaning to the local community such as libraries, cultural venues, and leisure and sports facilities, are facing cut after cut.
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