Opposition councillors yesterday said it was “obscene” to spend £80,000 on an advisor when the Labour-run council last month agreed £22m in budget cuts, including the loss of more than 300 jobs.Councillor Judith Woodman, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said:
But local government consultant Jeff Jones, a former Labour leader of Bridgend council, said the law should be changed to allow local authorities to appoint political advisors, as happens in the United States.
The job advertisement described the post as an “exciting opportunity to play a central role supporting Cardiff council’s leader and her cabinet in the delivery of an ambitious political vision”.
As an advisor to the leader Heather Joyce, they will shape policy “that will secure the best possible outcomes for Cardiff” and lead the council’s communications and media team.
The appointment is part of a management restructure that will see the number of top-tier directors increase from 17 to 23. The shake-up adds £1.1m to the wage bill, but Labour insists it will be “cost neutral” by cutting spending on management consultants.
“This is obscene. To spend £80,000 for someone to advise Heather Joyce beggars belief. Just think how many services this money would have protected and jobs saved. It could have stopped the distress many have suffered as a result of Labours savage budget cuts.”Those who believe that Heather Jouce already has an Éminence grise in fellow Councillor (and former leader Russel Goodway) may wonder whose ear will the adviser be speaking into.
Jeff Jones call that th law should be changed to allow local authorities to appoint political advisors, as happens in the United States. Looks like a Cronies Charter to me /
There are to many Political Advisors on the public purse as it it is as professional politicians who have never really worked in the real world leave University and work for a MP AM and if Jeff Jones has his way your local Council Boss.
They then go on to take up a safe seat and as in David Cameron and Ed Miliband end up leading their party.
But in the case of Cardiff. How can Labour Councillors look those who have lost their jobs in the cuts they are imposing whilst at the dame time welcoming someone who is probably a party member climbing the greasy pole in his or her advisor role.