Bal Sandher, the Head of HR Shared
Services presented a report on the Pay Policy Statement for the
Committee to consider and recommend to Council.
response to comments from Members, Mrs Sandher undertook
·Amend the last sentence on Page 2 of the Statement
to “In 2013 the council moved the lowest pay band in line
with the National Living Wage giving a significant increase to the
low paid, the council has continued to pay the National Living Wage
since this point”.
·Review the option of less costly pension
arrangements for the Council and to report the options back to the
response to comments from Members, Mrs Sandher responded
·In areas where recruitment difficulties had been
experienced such as in Planning, market supplements had been
·The Council compared pay rates against the
epay check produced by South East
1)Subject to the amendment set out above, the
Committee Recommend to Council that the proposed
Pay Policy Statement, as set out in Appendix 1 to the report be
approved prior to publication on the Council’s web
2)The Head of HR Services be requested to review the
current pension arrangements and report the options back to the
Committee considered the report of Mrs Sandher which provided a
progress update on the Workforce Strategy action plan.
Sandher advised that progress had been made on all areas within the
response to questions from the Committee, Mrs Sandher advised
·The Council provided a range of benefits for staff
and encouraged sustainable travel such as cycling and
walking. The recently introduced new
car scheme was in addition to that list.
·HR Officers had been actively promoting their
payroll services to other authorities and had been in discussions
with colleagues in East Kent but the authorities had decided to
purchase their own payroll system.
·Staff had not expressed their concerns over the loss
of the park and ride to officers in HR but may have expressed it to
·The Workforce Strategy was due to be reviewed in
2019 and would be considered by this Committee in 2020.
RESOLVED: That the
progress of the actions set out in the Workforce Strategy be