Jacob Williams
Monday 17th January, 2022

Pay-off probes go public

Pay-off probes go public

Even those with only a passing interest in local politics have wondered why the investigation by Audit Wales into the unlawful £95k pay-off to Pembrokeshire County Council’s former chief executive, Ian Westley, as signed off in 2020 by the authorityR... Read more →


Monday 13th December, 2021

PAY-OFF PROBE DRAFT REPORT ISSUED

PAY-OFF PROBE DRAFT REPORT ISSUED

• Audit Wales report finally finished • Confidential draft shown to PCC’s new CEO only • Will be made public soon – but possibly as late as February, 2022 • Claim has been made that full council was deliberately bypassed as a red line in pa... Read more →



Monday’s extraordinary meeting of Pembrokeshire County Council (November 8th) was convened to consider a secret report titled “Settlement Agreement.” This seven-page document was presented only to councillors. The public are prevented from se... Read more →


New meeting in pay-off saga
Monday 1st November, 2021

New meeting in pay-off saga

Pembrokeshire’s county councillors have this afternoon been put on notice of a second extraordinary council meeting in relation to the former chief exec&#...


‘Holding position’ in pay-off saga
Tuesday 12th October, 2021

‘Holding position’ in pay-off saga

Pembrokeshire councillors have decided to “defer any decision” in the former chief executive’s £95k pay-off saga. Yesterday’s extraordi...


Thursday 7th October, 2021

Westley pay-off deemed unlawful

Westley pay-off deemed unlawful

Last year’s £95k pay-off to Pembrokeshire County Council’s chief executive, Ian Westley, has been deemed unlawful in the first formal reports into the scandal. The claim is set out in papers published for the authority’s hotly-anticipated Oc... Read more →


Extraordinary meeting postponed
Wednesday 8th September, 2021

Extraordinary meeting postponed

Monday’s extraordinary Pembrokeshire County Council meeting (see previous blogpost) has been postponed. Councillors are told that a new date for the Septe...


Tuesday 31st August, 2021

First move in Westley pay-off saga

First move in Westley pay-off saga

Members of Pembrokeshire County Council are on notice of an extraordinary meeting – the opening salvo in what’s expected to be a long season of fallout from last year’s controversial £95k departure of the authority’s chief executive, I... Read more →


Senior council officer disciplinary move
Thursday 22nd July, 2021

Senior council officer disciplinary move

New disciplinary processes to consider misconduct allegations against Pembrokeshire County Council’s most senior officers have been announced. Papers publ...


Sunday 4th July, 2021

Probing questions

Probing questions

Early indications suggest some interest has been stirred by my last blogpost on the pending fallout over the cloudy 2020 paid departure of Pembrokeshire County Council’s CEO, Ian Westley. It’s triggered Milford Haven councillor Stephen Joseph to ta... Read more →