Probe into councillors' £6,000 payments
August 22, 2012
Controversial non-executive director payments will be scrutinised by a council committee tomorrow.
Liberal Democrat councillors called in the decision made by Wokingham Borough Council’s executive in July to pay councillors acting as non-executive directors on three council-owned companies more than £6,000 per year.
The payments will now be discussed at the council’s overview and scrutiny management committee meeting tomorrow evening.
Councillors Prue Bray, Beth Rowland, Lesley Hayward, Kay Gilder and Lindsay Ferris called in the decision.
The controversy involves non-executive director posts at social care provider Optalis, town centre regeneration company Wokingham Enterprises Ltd and affordable housing provider Wokingham Housing Ltd.
The Lib Dems state the executive ruling contravened the council’s constitution, saying ‘there is no justification for changing the previously announced decision that member directors would not be remunerated’ and highlighted a perceived lack of ‘due consultation’.
The councillors believe ‘openness has not been observed’ and that ‘clarity of aims and desired outcomes has not been observed’.
Cllr David Lee, leader of the council, has said he has no apologies to make over the way the decision was taken and that it would be madness to ask any shareholder representative non-executive directors to put their personal position at risk for no pay.
n Please turn to page 12 for a letter from Cllr Lee on the subject.