News that some teachers in Anglesey haven’t received their pension contributions over a period of seven years has been described as “very concerning” by the Welsh Conservatives.
At least 14 teachers have been affected by Anglesey Council’s failure, and it has been warned the financial loss could be hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Local Government, Sam Rowlands MS, said:
“This revelation is very concerning and points to what could be gaps in oversight by the Plaid Cymru-led council.
“Councils are central to supporting teachers, they need to have the confidence that their hard work is appreciated, and their financial contributions are being managed properly.
“An independent investigation should be launched into this, as there are important questions that need answering:
- When and how did this issue first come to the council’s attention?
- When did the council contact other teachers to tell them of the problem?
- When were all elected members made aware of the problem?
- How are the council planning to fill the shortfall gap in affected pensions? Do they have a detailed plan as how this is to be fulfilled?
“Without swift and clear answers to these questions, hardworking teachers won’t get the peace of mind they deserve.”