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Conservative council offers rise to low-paid

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One of the Conservatives’ flagship councils is giving its lowest-paid staff an increase of £250.

Windsor and Maidenhead RBC says the offer follows the announcement by the chancellor in the budget that public workers earning less than £21,000 should get an extra £250.

However, Local Government Employers had responded at the time by saying that councils were not beholden to the policy and subsequently announced a freeze to all employee pay.

David Burbage (Con), leader of Windsor and Maidenhead RBC, said: “This council has shown its commitment to those on lower pay. The effort that our staff put in, to help us reduce council tax without cutting services, has been a huge achievement.

“It is right that some of the savings achieved should be reinvested into our lowest paid employees.

“I find it difficult to understand why other councils should not want to do this. Our staff are our most valued resource and we do everything we can to help them. Savings can be made if you know where to look, as we have often demonstrated at the borough.”

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