A senior councillor has apologised after it emerged that he ordered an official to insert a politically partisan statement into a submission to the Welsh Government on waste policy.
“There is also significant concern among the controlling Labour administration that forced service changes against the wishes of citizens may have political implications with citizens’ views which will be expressed via the ballot box in the forthcoming elections.”The submission was written by Mark Williams, the council’s head of public services.
“Mark reluctantly, but at my insistence, put that wording into the response. Have looked at it again and I made a pigs ear of the point I wanted to make. I wanted to get over the point that the 12 local authorities would be affected by public opinion if WG [Welsh Government] made us change. As I said the wording was clumsy. I would like to apologise for the wording. I will apologise separately to Mark.”
“I have asked Councillor Poole to make a full and unreserved apology to the people of Caerphilly County Borough and to members and employees of the authority.“Whatever the thinking behind the comments in the report, it cannot be acceptable for any official to be used in such a blatantly partisan way by the ruling group, which I consider a very serious matter.”