Anglesey council executive with 'no powers' appointed

  • 12 May 2011
  • From the section Wales
Anglesey council offices
Image caption The council says the law still requires it to appoint an executive

Anglesey council will continue to appoint executive members despite the posts being abolished.

The assembly government appointed commissioners to run Anglesey in March after stripping councillors of all executive powers.

Anglesey council said the law still required it to appoint an executive.

The assembly government said the offices of leader and executive member attracted "no power, no responsibility and no remuneration".

The local government minister called in commissioners to run the council after years of political in-fighting.

Previously, a recovery board was appointed to oversee the council after an inspection found it had a long history of not being run properly.

A spokesperson for local government minister Carl Sargeant said the council could appoint executive members but they had no power.

"We have withdrawn all of the executive's functions, and the independent remuneration panel has also directed that the leader, deputy leader and members of the executive must not receive any special responsibility allowances," said the spokesperson.

"So the offices of leader and executive member attract no power, no responsibility and no remuneration.

"Who councillors choose to appoint to these hollow posts is of course a matter for them."

The council will decide who to appoint to its executive on Thursday.

Commissioners will continue running the local authority until May next year at the earliest.

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