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Come Clean About Salary Russell

October 23, 2009 2:44 PM

During the September meeting of the full Council Russell Roberts announced that he would sue me if I didn't stop putting out leaflets with what he claimed were 'lies' about the amount of money he had been receiving from the public purse.

He has since taken to writing to the local press claiming that reports of his salary are exaggerated and that he doesn't know where people could possible have got such figures from.

The answer is simple - the figures come via publicly available information from the three bodies from which he has received payment in the last twelve months.

The RCT Council website gives the Leader's salary as £55,910 - not including expense payments. He is Chair of the South Wales Police Authority, and a look at their figures show he received £21,470 (plus £1,819.91 expenses)

He was the intercom Chair of Cwm Taf Health Authority until the beginning of this month. Their annual report shows a payment of £43,000 to the Chair.

The leaflets stated that he took "over £120,000 a year from the public purse." Basic maths shows this to be the case. Unless of course Cllr Roberts has unbeknown to anyone been refusing to accept some of these payments. Or he is suggesting that these public bodies are misinforming the public?

Why may I ask does Councillor Roberts feel the need to try and bluff the public? Does he perhaps have a shred of decency left that makes him feel ashamed?

I don't lie Russell. The leaflets we put out may contain information you would rather not have made public, but they do not contain lies.

Cllr Mike Powell

Welsh Liberal Democrats

NOTE:

Links to relevant websites:

http://www.rhondda-cynon-taf.gov.uk/stellent/groups/Public/documents/RelatedDocuments/013476.pdf

http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/documents/865/cwmtaf%5Fannreport2009.pdf

http://www.southwalespoliceauthority.org.uk/en/content/cms/members/members_allowances/members_allowances.aspx