Council plans to publish staff pay policy externally

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News release: 16 February 2012

St Albans City and District Council is planning to publish its policies on staff pay on its website later this month.

St Albans City and District Council, offices

The move follows Cabinet’s decision this evening to put forward a Pay Policy Statement for 2012-13 to full council for final approval when it next meets on 23 February. The statement sets out the Council’s approach on a range of issues relating to staff pay, including the way Chief Officers are remunerated.

Under the Localism Act 2011, we are now obliged to produce a clear and transparent pay policy statement each year and to publish it externally once it has been approved by full council. The aim of the Act is to ensure that councillors, who are accountable to the local community, have control over pay policy decisions.

The statement has been produced in line with guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government, ahead of the 31 March deadline.

Councillor Julian Daly, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Executive Leader at St Albans City and District Council, said: “Cabinet is recommending the statement to full council for final approval when they meet next week. Once this final approval has been given the statement will be published on the Council’s website so that everyone can see our approach to paying staff. We are aiming to make the way staff are rewarded as clear and transparent as possible.”

The Council already publishes the salaries for the Council’s Chief Executive and Heads of Service online, but the statement will go further and include information on how the levels of pay have been set. It will also give pay scale information for Officers employed at other levels within the Council.

Nationally negotiated agreements on employment terms and conditions, including pay, are applied across the Council. No pay awards have been made under any of these agreements to reflect rises in living costs since April 2009.

However, staff can become eligible for an incremental pay increase within their pay band if, following an annual appraisal, their performance is considered by their line managers to be acceptable. We are currently implementing a new appraisal process with objectives linked to the corporate and business plan.

A webcast of the meeting on Thursday, 16 February can be accessed via the Council’s website.

More information on the Pay Policy Statement for 2012-13 is contained in a report received by Cabinet at the meeting which is available on the Council’s website.

Member contact:
Councillor Julian Daly, Portfolio Holder for Resources and Executive Leader for St Albans City and District Council
Mob: 07775 657200

Contact for the press:
Amanda Wilkinson,
Media and Internal Communications Officer
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819317
E-mail: amanda.wilkinson@stalbans.gov.uk
www.stalbans.gov.uk

Notes:

Details of senior officers’ salaries as at 1 February 2012 are available on the Council’s website.