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IMPROVED PAY OFFERS HINGES ON AFFORDABILITY

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Councils are weighing the feasibility of an improved pay offer for local government staff. ...
Councils are weighing the feasibility of an improved pay offer for local government staff.

Employers have yet to decide whether to consult individual councils on an offer of 2.75% this year, 2.95% next year and 2.95% the following year (LGC, 11 June).

Durham CC head of personnel services John Lee said: 'We would expect to be consulted [on the offer].' He added: 'It's going to hinge on the balance between affordability - and it will be very tight at around 2.75% - and the desire to get a settlement without industrial action. I'm a bit unsure about the 2.95% . . . clearly somebody has the view it has to be less than 3%.'

Newcastle City Council head of organisational development Peter Bower said the offer was 'affordable' but 'as much as we would want to afford because of other financial pressures'.

A full employers' meeting was being held as LGC went to press, with the main item to be the local government pay talks.
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