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Local Government Minister Lesley Griffiths said it was "not appropriate" for her to intervene in how local authorities set pay for chief executives whilst answering members questions on 22nd May 2013.

Numerous AM's called for the minister to intervene in the way chief executives are paid.

Labour AM Mike Hedges asked for Ms Griffiths to write to companies for reasons why chief exceutives' salaries are so high.

This point was strengthened by Conservative AM Janet Finch Saunders in her evidence from a newspaper article where over 56 senior officers in wales were earning over £100,000.

Ms Saunders asked what the minister was doing to improve transparency in senior officers pay.

The minister replied that she would like it available to the public but that it was not appropriate for her to intervene.

Plaid Cymru AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas raised a point that there should be a place in the bill for the board of independent payments to decide on Chief Executive salaries.

He urged her to do something on the matter if she indeed wanted transparency.

The minister replied that there was no need to include the board in the bill and it was for each local authority to decide on pay scales, and not her place to intervene.

Plaid Cymru AM Lindsay Whittle questioned why chief executives were receiving pay rises while other employees were on pay freezes.

He urged Ms Griffiths, for the good of local government, to "act now".

The minister was also questioned on secure long term funding for voluntary organisations helping women affected by domestic and sexual violence.

Ms Griffiths is working closely with the education minister to help schools educate young boys and men on respect and healthy relationships.

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