Vale Council Parks Department staff busy planting herbacious plants on the Clock Roundabout

The Conservative-run Vale of Glamorgan Council is announcing today that it is to increase the wages of some of its lowest-paid workers .

The plan has been discussed with the relevant trade unions and, when approved by Cabinet in September, would  see an immediate increase in pay levels for over 1,000 employees, including cleaners, kitchen assistants and breakfast club supervisors.

The proposed change in pay rates would set the lowest pay rate at £7.90 per hour – fixing it at above the “National Living Wage” rate which is  £7.50 per hour. The plan is to progressively move the Vale’s lowest pay rates upwards to the level of what’s called the “Voluntary Foundation Living Wage” – which is currently £8.45 per hour.

Cllr John Thomas Conservative Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council

Council Leader John Thomas ( Conservative St Athan) is also asking council officials to undertake a detailed assessment of the implications of moving  Vale employees onto the “Foundation Living Wage“. Cllr Thomas supports the idea but is stressing  the need for a properly-costed assessment before taking a final decision.

Councillor Thomas said:“This is an initial and immediate step in a journey to improving pay levels for our lowest paid workers.I want to see the Conservative-run council moving further towards the voluntary Foundation Living Wage over the course of my leadership and am working with officers to do that assessment.”

He says “This would be good for staff morale and will have a positive impact on attendance and productivity.I think that it is important to send a clear message to staff that they are valued, and if such a move is financially sustainable – which I believe it can be – then it’s a step that the Vale council will take under my leadership.”

The Vale Council’s  plans include a proposed uplift to the lowest pay point for vouncil workers from £15,014 to £15,246 in December 2017. This will be in advance of further expected pay increase in April 2018 as part of the wider local government pay review.


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  1. Chris David says:

    It would help add to the coffers if they reduced the salaries of the so called mangers on wages way above what’s required in skill level payment to run a small council. We’ve seen from past reports some of them are incompetent anyway. Remember the Meals on Wheels budget 🙂

    • whatsoccurin says:

      agree-let’s hope the change in legislation and the “Regional Model” will reduce the number of over-paid Managers, but anyone with a knowledge of Local Govt will know that it will just increase them!.When I worked in Cardiff some years ago the “agenda” was to let Meals On Wheels “wither on the vine” when most front-line workers knew that they were very beneficial to many vulnerable people.

  2. winston wolf says:

    WHAT a refreshing and positive move! In an era of mean and nasty ideological “austerity”, this is a VERY welcome ray of sunshine. John Thomas – well done sir , I’ll vote for that !! Westminster politicians – think on your sins !!!

  3. Chris David says:

    Austerity which is a misnomer anyway, is necessary fiscally not ideologically – but as always it discriminates against the selected “nobodies”. No austerity for club members like politicians (who actually benefitted and continue to thieve), council managers, bankers et al.

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