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Meeting of the Executive held on 19/02/2008
Appendix A.1 - 2008 Pay Award



APPENDIX A.1
Waverley Borough Council

SPECIAL EXECUTIVE – 19th FEBRUARY 2008

Title:
2008 PAY AWARD
[Portfolio Holder for Finance: Cllr M H W Band
Portfolio Holder for Human Resources: Cllr Mrs P M Frost]
[Wards Affected: All]

Summary and purpose:

The purpose of this report is to update the Executive on the situation regarding the 2008 Pay Award and to seek formal agreement from the Employer to the proposed settlement.

Environmental implications:

There are no environmental implications arising as a direct result of this report, although the maintenance of the staffing establishment is essential for Waverley to deliver its environmental objectives.

Social / community implications:

There are no social or community implications arising as a direct result of this report, although the maintenance of the staffing establishment is essential for Waverley to deliver its objectives in this area.

E-Government implications:

There are no e-government implications associated with this report, however details of the Member Allowances Scheme will be published on the Waverley website.

Resource and legal implications:

These are set out in detail in the report.

Introduction

1. The Joint Negotiating Team has met on 5 occasions to discuss the annual pay award due on 1st January 2008 but were unable to reach agreement. As part of the agreed process, the services of ACAS were used to mediate a further set of discussions. An offer was agreed in principle on 13th February which awarded: 700 or 2.5% from 1st January 2008, whichever is the greater, and From 1st July 2008, salaries will be further increased such that the overall increase compared to 31st December 2007 base is either 3% or 700, whichever is the greater. 2. Staffside has agreed to recommend acceptance of this offer at a series of staff meetings to be held on 15th and 18th January 2008.

Resource Implications

3. The award will cost 3% in the pay award year. Because of the phasing in 2008, the impact in future years will be slightly higher at 3.2%. The draft revenue budget includes provision for 316,000 in the General Fund and 115,000 in the Housing Revenue Account based on the previous offer of 2.8%. Given the timing of this award it is proposed that the additional costs of 23,000 and 8,000 be met by increasing the vacancy factor for 2008/09.

4.
Pay Award 1st January 2008
SALARY BUDGETS 2008 Cost at average 3%
General Fund 339,000
Housing Revenue Account 123,000
Other Funds 6,000
468,000

5. There will be part-year costs from 1st January 2008 to 31st March 2008 of 110,000 in this financial year 2007/2008, which can be met from the appropriate inflation provisions for 2007/2008.

Recommendation

The Executive is asked to recommend to the Council that a settlement for equivalent to 3% of the pay budget, reached with the Staffside representatives, be approved with effect from 1st January 2008 and 1st July 2008 and that appropriate amounts be included within the 2008/2009 draft Revenue Estimates.

Background Papers (DoR)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Paul Wenham Telephone: 01483 523238
E-mail: pwenham@waverley.gov.uk

Comms/exec/2007-08/260