Latest Cost of Labour’s Caerphilly Officers’ Pay Debacle Revealed


The latest bill for Caerphilly senior officers’ pay scandal has been revealed at £4,088,926 up to November 1st, 2019. The authority has still to pay invoices totalling £34,455.

The figures released, following a Freedom of Information request by Plaid Cymru, do not include the more than £2,178,000 paid in salary increases to 21 senior officers over more than six years – which sparked the scandal - bringing the overall total to well over £6.25m.

Caerphilly Council has provided a breakdown of the non-pay increase bill so far.

  • Payments to the Chief Executive: £1,202,869
  • Payments to the Acting Chief Executive: £766,494
  • Payments to the Head of Legal Services £433,023

Actual Salary Sub Total: £2,402,387

  • Legal Costs: £1,138,907
  • Designated Independent Person Costs: £29,398
  • Wales Audit Office Interest Report: £33,239
  • Wales Audit Office Governance Review: £132,700
  • Governance Support: £54,359

Actual Legal Costs Sub Total: £1,388,604


  • Acting Chief Executive: £170,711
  • Head of Legal Services £127,223
  • Actual Settlement Sub Total: £297,934

Total as at November 1, 2019: £4,088,926

Invoices Still to Pay as at November 6, 2019: £34,455


Councillor Lindsay Whittle, Plaid Cymru UK General Election Candidate for Caerphilly, said: “The cost of Labour’s nightmare for council taxpayers is far from over - even after the sacking of the former chief executive Anthony Sullivan.

“Mr O’Sullivan has said he will challenge his dismissal which will inevitably lead to more legal costs for the authority and possibly demands for further payments from this council.

“The former officers, the legal profession and auditors have done particularly well out of this scandal. Council taxpayers have been the losers.”

Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the opposition Plaid Cymru group on Caerphilly council, said: “These figures should be seen against a backdrop of a proposed 6.95% hike in council tax from April and further cuts to frontline services such as turning off our street lights. Each and every household in the county borough has paid £85 towards the £6m plus bill. Imagine how many better things that money could have been spent on.”