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Friday, 21 September 2018

– Local People

by Matt DiscombeGEM Local Democracy Reporter


Thousands of staff working for the Vale Council are set to get a pay rise.

The council has agreed a deal for 4,000 of its staff in a deal which would raise its salary bill by 5.6 per cent for the next two years. The deal, set to be finally decided in December, affects staff employed by the council and also at Vale’s local authority schools.

There will be two parts to the deal – a straightforward percentage increase for 2018/19 and more complex grade changes for 2019/20, a council report says.

It’s also been proposed to increase the Vale Council’s minimum hourly rate to £9.18 per hour from April 1 next year.

Currently, the Vale Council’s minimum hourly rate is £8.62 – less than the foundation living wage outside London which is £8.75 per hour.

Cllr John Thomas, Vale Council Leader, says in the report he had previously made a commitment to the foundation living wage, and says contractors will need to pay the rate on any council projects.

The report says: “£2.207million has already been allocated for the 2019/20 pay award. However, moving from the current pay structure to the new structure will cost a minimum of £380,000 extra, thereby making the total cost around £2.587million.

“As some grades gain additional headroom, there is likely to be further cost implications from April 2020, however, this is currently difficult to quantify as it depends on staff turnover.”

Matt Discombe,

Local democracy reporter

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