Up to 7% in­crease for coun­cil work­ers on the low­est pay

Llanelli Star - - Letters - Richard Youle 01792 545553 [email protected]­di­awales.co.uk

THE low­est-paid coun­cil work­ers in Car­marthen­shire are in line for an in­fla­tion-bust­ing pay rise next April.

Staff cur­rently on £8.75 per hour would re­ceive £9.36 per hour or £9.18 per hour, depend­ing on their grade, which equates to a 7% and 4.9% in­crease re­spec­tively.

And staff now on £9.36 per hour would earn £9.74 per hour – a hike of just over 6%.

Other rises of more than 2% are in the off­ing as part of a project to de­velop a pay spine which deals with the lower end of the scale, and also ac­com­mo­dates the Na­tional Liv­ing Wage. The planned rises would cost the coun­cil £6.2 mil­lion next fi­nan­cial year, when teach­ing staff pay in­creases are fac­tored in.

In­tro­duc­ing the planned pay spine at an ex­ec­u­tive board meet­ing on De­cem­ber 17, deputy leader Mair Stephens said: “I have to say we have done an aw­ful lot of work on this.

“We are well ahead of our neigh­bours.

“Be­cause of the bud­get con­sul­ta­tion (for 2019/20) it was im­por­tant to us that we knew what the po­ten­tial costs were.”

The Real Liv­ing Wage, which is a vol­un­tary scheme, rose to £9 per hour last month.

The manda­tory Na­tional Liv­ing Wage is cur­rently £7.83 an hour for any­one over the age of 25. Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil’s plans also in­volve a £9 per hour min­i­mum pay rate for ca­sual work­ers and new staff who start work af­ter April 1 next year.

The ex­ec­u­tive board agreed to move for­ward with the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new pay spine, but fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion is re­quired be­fore it comes back to board mem­bers and then full coun­cil for a de­ci­sion early next year.

The new pay ar­range­ments would take ef­fect on April 1, 2019.

Coun­cil­lor Peter Hughes Grif­fiths said at the meet­ing: “I am very proud in the fact that we, as a coun­cil, are able to do this. We know about the dif­fi­cul­ties of liv­ing and money is­sues.”

County Hall in Car­marthen, home to Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil.

Peter Hughes Grif­fiths.

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