The Vale of Glamorgan Council has agreed a two-year pay deal for its staff which will cost an extra 5.6% for the years 2018/19 and 2019/2020.
The deal affects approximately 4,000 staff – including not only those who work for the council but also those who work in local authority schools.
The pay award provides what the council says is “a straightforward percentage increase for 2018/19” and what’s described as “more complex grade changes for 2019/20” . The total additional cost to the Vale of Glamorgan Council will be £380,000 p.a. bringing to the total pay bill cost to £2,587,000 per annum.
As far as the lowest-paid employees are concerned, Vale Council Leader Cllr John Thomas says “I have previously made a commitment to move closer to the Foundation Living Wage” and says the council will insist that its contractors also pay the Foundation Living Wage. It’s proposed to increase the Vale Council’s minimum hourly rate to £9.18p per hour as from April 1 2019.
The final decision on the new pay scales will be taken by the full council Council in December and subsequently the final costs of the 2019/20 pay award will be taken into consideration as part of the 2019/20 budget setting process.
….That means a further increase in Council Tax is on the way next year.