The report is complex and makes important recommendations on the pay of London public sector workers that need careful consideration. The Association of London Government is making a detailed analysis of the report and will discuss the implications with the 32 London boroughs and the local government trade unions. However, our initial analysis shows that the report does not support the trade unions' claim for a uniform£4,000 London weighting payment.
The ALG also welcomes the recommendations that London employers need the flexibility to be able to target their resources to tackle specific issues such as the recruitment and retention of staff at a local level.
The ALG is concerned about the impact that recruitment and retention difficulties are having on councils' ability to deliver quality services. These staffing difficulties vary from service to service and borough to borough. Therefore a uniform London weighting payment is not the most effective way to tackle recruitment and retention issues. The report also makes the important distinction between inner and outer London pay.
When we have been able fully to consider the findings of this report and the Audit Commission's forthcoming Recruitment and Retention in the Public Services report and the national pay negotiations are resolved we will be in stronger position to consider how to tackle London's staffing issues.
In the mean time, the Association of London Government will continue talking to the Government to ensure London councils have the funding needed to deliver the top class public services Londoners deserve.
* the report is available here.