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Pay policies are in

16 January 2012

Today is the first working day of the obligation under the Localism Act 2011 for local authorities and single status fire and rescue authorities to produce a Pay Policy Statement. The government issued draft guidance for consultation before Christmas and once that comes out in final form authorities will know exactly what is expected.

While a lot of local authorities will already have started thinking about drafting a statement it will require a lot of input from both officers and members and will need to be approved by the full authority. This approval is aimed at making the authority more accountable to the local tax payers with the hope that the gap between the highest and lowest earners will reduce.

The policy must be applied from 1 April 2012 and it will be interesting to see if the government’s wish to effectively “cap” the pay of the most senior officers will come true.

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