Pay­ments for ex­it­ing coun­cil staff plum­met

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THE amount of money paid out for de­part­ing staff at Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil has plum­meted, fig­ures have shown.

Dur­ing the 2018-19 fi­nan­cial year, the au­thor­ity agreed 63 exit pack­ages for de­part­ing staff, 31 of which were com­pul­sory re­dun­dan­cies.

The to­tal cost of the 63 pack­ages was £942,498, com­pris­ing re­dun­dancy costs and pen­sion fund com­pen­sa­tion pay­ments.

Exit pack­ages the pre­vi­ous year for 118 de­part­ing staff came to £2,870,156.

The higher fig­ure was partly due to six £100,000 to £150,000 exit pack­ages, while there were none in this bracket in 2018-19.

The draft state­ment of ac­counts for 2018-19 has also shown that 98 em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing se­nior teach­ing staff, earned £60,000 to £109,999 – a rise of nine from the pre­vi­ous year.

Five di­rec­tors earned be­tween £121,250 and £138,250 in 2018-19, while out­go­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark James earned £176,395.

The me­dian – or most com­mon – salary among the coun­cil’s 8,000 em­ploy­ees rose by £600 in 2018-19 to £22,561.

Ear­lier this year the coun­cil agreed above­in­fla­tion pay rises for many lower-paid staff, which came into ef­fect on April 1.

The net cost of de­liv­er­ing key ser­vices like ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial care in 2018-19 was just un­der £346 mil­lion, with some de­part­ments over­spend­ing and some un­der­spend­ing.

This £346 mil­lion fig­ure in­cluded £8 mil­lion sav­ings.

Ran­dal Hem­ing­way, the coun­cil’s head of fi­nan­cial ser­vices said: “The draft state­ment of ac­counts, as pre­sented to the au­dit com­mit­tee, showed an over­all un­der­spend of £593,000 which was trans­ferred to the coun­cil’s gen­eral re­serves.”

Other fig­ures in the ac­counts re­vealed that coun­cil tax, which had gone up by 4.45% in April 2018, raised £109.5 mil­lion. But the coun­cil’s share of busi­ness rates de­clined slightly to £59.6 mil­lion. The au­thor­ity man­ages just over 9,100 houses, flats and bun­ga­lows, which brought in just over £39 mil­lion in rental in­come.

Spend­ing on cap­i­tal schemes like new schools came to £66.3 mil­lion.

The ac­counts also re­stated de­tails of loan re­pay­ment re­quire­ments for the Scar­lets and the Na­tional Botanic Gar­den of Wales.

It added that the coun­cil’s over­all debt at March 31, 2019, was £413 mil­lion, which was within its £536 mil­lion limit.

Pic­ture: Arthur Mal­let

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