Vale Council cuts cabinet post

23 February 2015

The Vale of Glamorgan Council has reduced the size of its cabinet to six members following the resignation of Cllr Rob Curtis from the Council’s executive group.

Cllr Curtis had held the post of Cabinet Member for Environment. His departure was announced at a meeting of Cabinet on 23 February 2015.


Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of the Council, said: “At a time of significant cuts to local government spending, the only appropriate course of action was to take this as an opportunity to further reduce the cost of politicians to the organisation.


“The financial constraints placed upon the Vale of Glamorgan Council by central government mean that my cabinet colleagues and I are currently having to ask service managers to find considerable savings. I feel it is only right that the Council’s political leadership lead by example.


Cllr Curtis’ departure will be a great loss to the authority. I have thanked him for his considerable input over the past three years and look forward to continuing to work with Rob in his role as a ward member.”


The size of the Council’s cabinet was reduced from ten posts to seven in 2012, a change which has saved the Council in excess of £100k in the years since.


The duties of the role of Cabinet Member for Environment, which include responsibility for waste management and recycling, highways maintenance, and street lighting, will be redistributed amongst the remaining cabinet members.


Details of their expanded portfolios will be confirmed at the next meeting of full council on 04 March 2015. Cllr Curtis remains a ward member for the Gibbonsdown ward in Barry.