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Employment Panel
7 Feb 2022 - 14:00 to 14:10
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Standard Items
To receive apologies for absence and notification of substitutions.

An apology for absence was submitted on behalf of Councillor Paul Nedved.
Members are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests, other registrable interests and any interests, relating to any items on the agenda at this stage.

No declarations were submitted.  
To agree that the items of business within Part A of the agenda should be dealt with in public and that the items of business within Part B of the agenda should be dealt with in private.

RESOLVED - That the agenda be agreed as circulated. 

To note that Council had, at its meeting on 9 November 2021, received and adopted the minutes of the meeting held on 14 September 2021.  The Chair is asked to sign the minutes.
[Copy Minutes in Minute Book 48(3)]

It was noted that Council, at its meeting on 9 November 2021, received and adopted the minutes of the meeting held on 14 September 2021.  The Chair signed the minutes. 
Public Items

The Deputy Chief Executive to submit a report on the annual review of the Chief Officers Pay Policy Statement 2022/23.
(Copy Report RD.68/21 herewith)



The Deputy Chief Executive left the meeting for the consideration of this item.

The HR Manager submitted the Pay Policy Statement 2022/23 (RD.68/21).  The Localism Act 2011 required local authorities to produce and publish a Pay Policy Statement for Chief Officers and that it be reviewed on an annual basis.  

The HR Manager reported that the Council had implemented the recent increase in the Foundation Living Wage rate on 1 January 2022 which uplifted the lowest pay point in the Council's pay structure.  She highlighted that the NJC national pay negotiations for 2021/22 were currently ongoing with Trade Unions and the 2022/23 negotiations were yet to commence.  When any national award was applied it was anticipated that it would have minimal effect of the ratio figures.  On this basis it was not intended that the Policy would go back to Council when the award was applied, except in circumstances where the effect of that award increased the gap between Chief Officers and the lowest paid employees.

RESOLVED - That the Employment Panel approved the 2022/23 Pay Policy Statement on Chief Officers Pay for recommendation to Council on 1 March 2022, including approval for the 2022/23 Pay Policy to be automatically updated to reflect any future nationally negotiated pay awards which may be approved during 2022/23, except where any award had the effect of increasing the pay gap between Chief Officers and our lowest paid employees, in which event the policy would be resubmitted for Full Council approval.  

The Deputy Chief Executive to submit a report on Pensions and Pension Discretions.
(Copy Report RD.69/21 herewith)

The HR Manager submitted report RD.69/21 Pension Discretions Policy Statement.  The Local Government Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2018 required that a regular review of the Employer Pensions Discretions be carried out. One material amendment was suggested in relation to Part B of the Scheme (non-mandatory discretions), Shared Cost Additional Voluntary Contributions (SCAVCs) (Regulation 17 of the LGPS Regulation 2013).  The report also provided an update in the procurement and implementation of a SCAVC scheme.  

A Member asked if consideration had been given to how to support individuals who were on the lower pay scales and could not potentially undertake salary sacrifice.

The HR manager clarified that the current scheme did not allow for this, however, she agreed to take the matter back to the HR workstream for the new authorities so it could be considered as part of the preparation work for Cumberland Council.

RESOLVED - 1) That the Employment Panel noted the outcome of the procurement review of the original proposal and supported the implementation of the SCAVC scheme, facilitated by AVC Wise at the earliest opportunity.  

2) That the Employment Panel approved the amendment to the Council's Pension Discretionary Policy to support the proposal set out in Section 2.1 regarding Shared Cost Additional Voluntary Contributions (SCAVCs) (Regulation 17 of the LGPS Regulations 2013). 

3) That the Employment Panel approved the review of the Council's Pension Discretions under the Local Government Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2018. 
Exempt Items

- NIL - 

Members of the Employment Panel
Conservative: Ellis, J Mallinson, Mitchelson, Nedved. Mrs Bowman (sub), Christian (sub), Higgs(sub)
Labour: Atkinson, Glover, Birks (sub), Dr Tickner (sub)

Enquiries, requests for reports, background papers etc to:


No other member attendance information has been recorded for the meeting.
NameReason for Sending ApologySubstituted By
Councillor Paul Nigel Hamilton Nedved Councillor Mrs Marilyn Louise Bowman
NameReason for AbsenceSubstituted By
Councillor Louise Atkinson  

Declarations of Interests

Member NameItem Ref.DetailsNature of DeclarationAction
No declarations of interest have been entered for this meeting.


Officers:    Deputy Chief Executive
                   HR Manager
                   Head of Legal and Democratic Services