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LOCAL GOVERNMENT PAY COMMISSION PUBLISHES REPORT

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The Local Government Pay Commission (LGPC) today published its ...
The Local Government Pay Commission (LGPC) today published its

unanimous report on the way forward for future pay and reward

arrangements for local government employees. The report was presented

to the National Joint Council for local government services (NJC)

Secretaries.

Commission chair Linda Dickens said:

'In dealing with the many complex issues before us we have tried

throughout to be comprehensive and constructive. While many of our

recommendations are aimed at the NJC parties, it is clear that there

are other, important, stakeholders who must also play a full part in

addressing particular issues.

'Given the complexity of the sector and issues we recognise that there

are no 'quick-fix' solutions and this is reflected in the

presentation and substance of our recommendations.

'It is of vital importance to local communities and to the country as

a whole that there is a well trained, motivated and suitably rewarded

and respected workforce able and willing to provide high quality

local government services. Our report is designed to help achieve

that objective. There is in our view no contradiction between

investing in staff and investing in improving services; the two are

inter-linked. We have encouraged various measures, such as training

and development of staff at all levels within the context of

strategic human resource planning, which can further this connection.

'There are areas where the two sides of the NJC are working closely

and successfully. We would like to see more collaborative approaches

throughout the sector and mechanisms for sharing successful

experience. Win-win outcomes are then more likely to be achieved to

the benefit of employers, employees and the local communities which

they serve.

'The existing national agreement is in our view generally fit for

purpose, although we suggest some important fine-tuning. It continues

to provide an appropriate mix of local freedom an d advantages of

national determination.

'The commission would like to thank the NJC parties for their

cooperation throughout the process. Thanks are also due to all those

who took the trouble to meet us during our regional visits and

provided us with many valuable insights.'

Click herefor the employers' response.

Notes

1 The NJC secretaries are representatives from the National

Employers' Organisation for Local Government Services and national

unions Unison, TGWU and GMB.

A joint union statement reacting to today's announcement is available here.

2 The LGPC was set up in November 2002 as part of the settlement

which ended the dispute in summer 2002. It started work in March

2003.

3 The terms of reference for the commission required it to provide an

independent perspective on a wide range of issues related to the pay

and reward of local government services staff, state its view as to

how matters might be progressed, and recommend action. The full terms

of reference are available on the website www.lgpc.gov.uk

4 Copies of the report are available on the LGPC website.

5 The commissioners are: Linda Dickens (chair), Michael

Greenwood, Ian Kessler, Aileen McColgan and Frances

O'Grady

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