Labour's RCT Council leader Russell Roberts hit the headlines again this week over the amount of money he has been receiving from the public purse in recent years. He is – rightly in my opinion – castigated over the three salaries he receives as Council leader, Chair of South Wales Police Authority, and member of Cwm Taf Health Board.
His salary as a councillor rose from £57,221 a year in 2009-10 to £58,962 in 2010-11, while the council was imposing cuts on some of its lowest-paid staff. Many Council workers in RCT authority have seen their terms and conditions cut by up to 40%
What I don’t understand is why this is suddenly headline news. We have been banging on about this for ages. In fact Martin Shipton, who is credited with this piece in the Rhondda Leader and Pontypridd Observer, wrote about it two years ago when we first brought it to his attention.