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England/Scotland/Wales: 66 weeks' pay is the maximum lump sum. Discretion is allowed in payments to people over 50.

DETRIMENT (compensation for lower terms and conditions)

England: the government consultation paper suggests schemes should run from the date of the reorganisation order coming into force until 18 months after reorganisation. Draft regulations are expected.

Wales: the government consultation paper suggests shemes should run from 1 January 1996 to 31 March 1997. Draft regulations are expected.

Scotland: the government consultation paper suggests a scheme running for three years. Consultation is under way on whether it will be compulsory.

STAFF TRANSFERS England: the Staff Commission has advised automatic transfer should apply to staff 'who deliver services direct to the community, or the major part of whose work involves regular and substantial contact with members of the community'.

An English NJC agreement says: 'All staff who wish to remain in employment should transfer to a successor authority on vesting day.'

Wales: following discussions with ministers the Staff Commission has revised its view that all staff should transfer. It now says it is a matter for agreement between existing and new councils. Employers and unions have sought to underpin this with a NJC statement that 'all local government staff who wish to remain in employment shall transfer to a successor authority'.

Scotland: the Staff Commission is waiting for the secretary of state to prepare transfer orders. Its view is that new councils should decide transfers but it predicts the 'great majority' will transfer in their present posts.

The Joint Cosla/trade union forum has agreed that 'all employees will transfer to a new authority/organisation' except those who have successfully applied for a new post, whose contracts of employment have terminated or who have taken early retirement/voluntary redundancy by 1 April 1996. This is to be presented to joint negotiating committees for ratification.


England: the DoE has stipulated open recruitment. Wales: the Staff Commission has stipulated open competition on application direct to the unitary authority. Advertisements can be placed by transition committees from 23 March.

Scotland: the Staff Commission published a single advert. Applications to be forwarded to shadow unitaries after 6 April. Scottish JNCs agreed salaries between £58,000 and £96,000 with a review in 1996-97.

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