National Park chairman in line for 38% pay rise
8:30am Saturday 19th October 2013 in County News
THE chairman of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority (PCNPA) will see his pay rise 38 per cent under proposals made by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales.
The panel visited all 22 unitary authorities, the three National Park authorities in Wales and the three Welsh fire and rescue authorities between March and May, making recommendations on pay and remuneration. Its latest recommendation will see the pay of Pembrokeshire’s national park chairman rise from £8,875 to £12,300 in financial year 2014/15.
The decision was taken after the panel decided the chairmen were being underpaid relative to responsibilities.
The chairman of PCNPA is Cllr Mike James, county councillor for St Dogmaels, who took over the role from Cllr Tony Brinsden in June this year.
The panel is independent of central and local government, and was established on a permanent basis initially to determine the range and levels of allowances payable by county and county borough councils to their councillors and co-opted members with voting rights.
A National Park Authority spokesman said: “This is a recommendation from an independent panel and the authority will be bound by its final decision.
“Members will be given the opportunity to comment if they so wish at the authority’s meeting on October 23.”
The panel has also prescribed a 1 per cent increase in the basic salary levels for members of principal local authorities, raising them from £13,175 to £13,300.
Chairman of the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales, Richard Penn said: “In discussing the proposals in the draft report the panel has been very mindful of the current economic climate.”
Its proposals are open to consultation until November 26 and can be seen at remunerationpanelwales.org.uk
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