Agenda and minutes

Appointments Committee
Monday 14 July 2014 2.00 pm

Venue: Meeting Room 6 - Shire Hall, Gloucester. View directions

Contact: Jane Cleaver 

Items
No. Item

9.

Appointment of Chairman

To appointment a Chairman for the remainder of the civic year.

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That Cllr Hawthorne be appointed Chairman for the ensuing year.

10.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 87 KB

To approve the public summary of the meeting held on 5 March 2014. 

Minutes:

Resolved

 

That the public summary of the meeting held on 5 March 2014 be approved as a correct record.

11.

Public Questions

 

To answer any written public questions about matters which are within the powers and duties of the Committee.  The closing date/time for the receipt of questions is 2pm on 7 July 2014.

 

To answer any oral question(s) put by member of the public with the consent of the Chairman.

Depending on the nature of the questions asked it may not be possible to provide a comprehensive answer at the meeting, in which case a written answer will be supplied as soon as reasonably possible after the meeting.

Minutes:

No public questions were received.

12.

Members' Questions

 

To answer any written members’ questions.  The closing date/time for the receipt of questions is 2pm on 7 July 2014.

Minutes:

No member questions were received.

13.

Statement of Employers Policy Discretions in relation to the Local Government Pension Scheme pdf icon PDF 77 KB

 

The Local Government Pension Scheme Regulations require an Employer to prepare and keep under review a written statement of its policy in relation to the exercise of its discretion under a number of provisions of the Regulations.

 

The Appointments Committee are asked to ratify the Employers’ discretions as detailed in the accompanying report.

 

Minutes:

The Committee noted the compulsory and recommended areas of discretion open to the Authority as the employer under the revised Local Government Pension Scheme regulations.  The Committee also noted the requirement for the publication of a written statement of the agreed policy in relation to the exercise of these discretions, as detailed in the accompanying report.

 

Having considered all the information before it, the Committee

 

Resolved

 

That approval is given to the recommendations contained within the accompanying report and for their incorporation into the Council’s Policy.

 

14.

Implementation of the Gloucestershire County Council Living Wage supplement pdf icon PDF 55 KB

 

The report provides an update for the Appointments Committee on progress in implementing the Living Wage for GCC employees.  It also provides confirmation of the number of Community/Voluntary-Controlled schools, who following a consultation exercise, will adopt the Living Wage. 

 

The Appointments Committee are asked to approve the Council’s Policy Statement.

 

Minutes:

The Committee was pleased to see that there had been a positive response to the Authority’s consultation with schools on the implementation of the Gloucestershire County Council Living Wage supplement with most of the community and voluntary controlled schools having agreed to adopt this supplement from 1st September 2014. 

 

Positive indications had also been received from many of the county’s own admission authority schools that they too would be introducing this supplement in some form.

 

The Committee was therefore advised that it was now appropriate for a Policy Statement on the living wage supplement to be formulated and agreed.  That being the case the Committee

 

Resolved

 

That the following principles be included in a Policy Statement for the Council’s living wage supplement:

 

·         With effect from 1 September 2014 the Council will introduce an additional local supplement to the pay of all Gloucestershire County Council staff who are currently on salaries of less than the living wage.

·         It will apply to all Council employees and will be promoted to Council maintained schools.

·         It will be referred to as the Gloucestershire County Council ‘living wage supplement’

·         The initial rate will be set at the current national ‘living wage’ value of £7.65 per hour

·         Review is at the discretion of the County Council with respect to both time of year and value.  However, the proposal is to reflect the timetable for any NJC national annual pay award.

 

 

 

 

15.

Exclusion of the Press and Public

The Committee may wish to exclude the press and public from the meeting during the consideration of the remaining items on the agenda in accordance with the provisions of section 100A of the Local Government Act 1972 (schedule 12A paragraphs 1,2 & 3) which are:

 

Information relating to any individual.

 

Information which is likely to reveal the identity of an individual.

 

Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

Minutes:

 

Resolved

 

That in accordance with Section 100 A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the meeting for the business specified in agenda item no. 9 because it is likely that if members of the public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in paragraph 1, 2 and 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12 A to the Act and the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information to the public.

 

16.

Exempt Minutes

 

To approve the exempt minutes of the meeting held on 5 March 2014.

Minutes:

 

Resolved

 

That the exempt minutes of the meeting held on 5 March 2014 be approved as a correct record.