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Chief executives accept improved pay offer

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The union representing council chief executives and senior managers has accepted an improved pay offer.

The Association of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers (Alace) has announced it has reached agreement today with National Employers, who negotiate pay on behalf of the majority of councils in England, on a rise of 2% from April 2018 and 2% in April 2019.

Alace previously rejected an offer of 1% over two years and the new offer matches the pay rise for the majority of council staff agreed by unions and employers earlier this year.

Alace last week made the case for a 2% rise during a crunch meeting with the joint negotiating committee for chief executives of local authorities.

Alace chair Tracey Lee, who is also chief executive of Plymouth City Council, said the improved offer had been “warmly welcomed”.

She added: “We were able to put across our points about the pressures facing heads of paid service in leading their organisations through very challenging times and working tirelessly with politicians and other staff to secure local government’s reputation as the most efficient part of the public sector.

“I am delighted that the employers listened carefully to our messages and improved their offer, which nevertheless represents a modest real terms reduction in pay for 2018 as the consumer prices index remains above 2%.”

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