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Cardiff rejects 'golden goodbyes'
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The scheme hopes to make way for a younger generation of councillors
Cardiff has become the latest council to reject "golden goodbyes" for long-serving councillors as the deadline arrived for applications.

The Labour-controlled county council voted unanimously against the scheme on Thursday.

Cardiff's decision means that 13 out of 21 councils have turned down Welsh Assembly Government plans to offer up to 20,000 to those who agree not to stand in next year's local elections last month.

Only one Welsh local authority, Gwynedd, has still to vote.

Despite opposition from all other parties, Labour Assembly Members voted to offer the pay-off to councillors who have served for sixteen years or more.

Thursday was the deadline for them to say if they want to take advantage of the payment.

The idea behind the scheme is to make way for a younger generation of councillors.

But following widespread criticism, many councils have said they will not implement it, including a number of Labour-controlled ones.

One pensioner from Cwmbran has collected a 2,000-signature petition against her local council's support of the idea.

Rosemary Watkins said she was disgusted that Torfaen Council had voted in favour of the scheme.

But its supporters say the plans will clear the way for a broader cross-section of people to take part in local democracy.

Cardiff Council is expected to vote against the scheme later, with Gwynedd councillors set to do the same next month.


Has your council voted to adopt or reject the so-called 'golden goodbyes'?

Anglesey - No

Anglesey council has voted against adopting the plan.

Blaenau Gwent - No

Has voted to reject the scheme.

Bridgend - No

Council has rejected the scheme.

Caerphilly - No
Lawrence Bailey
Swansea council leader Lawrence Bailey approves of the plans

Council has voted against adopting the plan.

Cardiff - No

Plan has been rejected.

Carmarthenshire - Yes

Has voted to adopt scheme.

Ceredigion - Yes

Has voted in favour of the plans.

Conwy - No

Council has voted against adopting the proposals.

Denbighshire - No

The council has voted against the scheme by 14 votes to eight.

Flintshire - Yes

Voted in favour of golden goodbyes by 15 to 12, with three abstentions.

Gwynedd

Yet to vote on the scheme, but have voted against in principle.

Merthyr Tydfil - No

Has voted against implementing the scheme.

Monmouthshire - No

Rejected the scheme overwhelmingly.

Neath Port Talbot - Yes

Has voted to implement the scheme.

Newport - Yes

Council has voted 12-8 in favour of the scheme.

Pembrokeshire - No

Council has voted to reject the proposals.

Powys - No

Council has voted against adopting the scheme.

Rhondda Cynon Taf - No

Has voted against adopting the scheme.

Swansea - Yes

Has voted in favour of the proposals.

Torfaen - Yes

Has decided to adopt the scheme.

Vale of Glamorgan - Yes

Has voted in favour of adopting the proposals.

Wrexham - No

Has voted against the scheme.




SEE ALSO:
Flintshire supports 'golden goodbyes'
04 Nov 03  |  North East Wales
OAP fights 'golden goodbyes'
20 Nov 03  |  South East Wales


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