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Assembly Candidate Lifts the Lid on Council 'gaging order’ Costs

March 2019

Welsh Assembly candidate for Cardiff North and local Councillor, Joel Williams recently submitted a ‘Freedom of Information’ request (FOI) asking a series of questions regarding the use of council tax payers money being spent on non-disclosure agreements.
 
Joel said: “These answers are absolutely shocking. Cardiff Council has forked out over £680,000 on non-disclosure agreements since May 2017. Since then, the Labour-run Council have increased our council tax by inflation-busting levels, yet they seem to think it is acceptable to spend money that should be spent on front line services, on ‘gagging orders’ instead.”
 
He continued: “This money should be spent on our schools, our roads, caring for our elderly, building social housing, but instead the Labour-run Cardiff Council choose to spend our money on confidential payoffs. It is techniques like this that create a culture of secrecy, deceit and hostility amongst those who work for, and within Cardiff Council by silencing whistleblowers and those who want to speak out against the Council.” 
 
He finished: “I’ll be writing to the independent chairman of the Council’s audit committee to investigate these matters. This apparent cavalier spending splurge of Cardiff taxpayers money must come to an end.”
 
You can read Joel's full FOI request here.