You may be surprised to learn that at with similar shenanigans on Camarthen Council it group leader of nine Paul Miller has raised the possibility of an injunction to stop the golden handshake for Bryn Parry-Jones happening without recourse to full council.
The controversial severance deal was agreed by councillors at a private meeting on October 15.
On Wednesday, Pembrokeshire appointed auditor Anthony Barrett issued an “advisory notice” saying the council would be breaching the law if it went ahead with the planned payment.
“After careful consideration, I have reason to believe that Pembrokeshire Council will incur unlawful expenditure if it continues its current settlement agreement with the chief executive, Bryn Parry-JonesMr Miller said he believes that around £50,000 to £60,000 would need to come out of the settlement for it to be lawful.
“For this reason, I feel I have no option but to exercise my statutory responsibilities and take this unprecedented action.
“We are trying to do everything we can to stop the m and we haven’t ruled out an injunction,” .
Mr Miller said he has spoken to a London QC, adding:
“I’m not saying we are going to do it. The intention would be to stop them executing the agreement without them referring back to full council.”So will Councillor Miller be ringing Kevin Madge his Labour counterpart at Carmarthen who not in Opposition but part of the Lab/Ind coalition which a quick look at Y Cneifwr will show that a similar situation may occur there The only difference appears that the in Pembrokeshire the council want e effectively sack their CE Bryn Parry-Jones even though it was the Council that approved his controversial Pension plan whereas in Carmarthenshire the CE Mr Mark James as requested to leave. under a severance scheme that it is available to all employees with over two years service so that may mask what is as equally distasteful as that of Bryn Parry-Jones.
Of course if Mark James was offered a similar package to his Pembrokeshire counterpart then there will be no real difference.
As someone who believes in decentralisation it still appears to be rather odd to see the Labour Party in opposition in one council going down one path whilst in the next county Labour in power appear to be doing exactly what they are moaning about.