To consider and provide a recommendation to Cabinet on the proposals set out in the attached report.
Jane Fineman, Head of Finance, Procurement and Parking introduced the report as set out in the agenda.
Discussion and questions from Members included the following:
- The last pay review for Council staff was conducted 2 years ago. These reviews cost money, but another review had just been requested to address current concerns.
- In relation to the Council Tax assistance given to residents, there were two elements. All residents in Band A-D properties were in receipt of the £150. The second element was the relatively small discretionary amount (approximately £185,000) given by central government. The application process was ongoing and it was anticipated it would be distributed within the next couple of weeks. Discretionary grants of £150 would be paid to residents benefitting from the Council Tax Reduction Scheme in Bands E-H, or disabled/seriously impaired residents or carers in Bands E-H, as well as top ups (£48) to residents in Bands A-D if they were in Band 1 of the Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
RESOLVED – That the recommendations to Cabinet as set out in the report be supported.