Agenda and minutes

Appointments Committee - Friday 1 March 2024 10.00 am

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Appointment of Chair


Cllr Mark Hawthorne was appointed as Chair for the meeting.


Apologies for absence


As above



Minutes pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 3 March 2023.


The minutes of the previous meeting held on 3 March 2023 was confirmed and signed as a correct record.



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 10.00am on Friday 23 February 2024.


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


None received.



Members' Questions

To answer any written members’ questions. The closing date/time for the receipt of questions is 10.00am on Friday 23 February 2024.


None received.



PAY POLICY STATEMENT 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Members to review the changes to this year’s Pay Policy Statement and approve if appropriate.

Additional documents:


6.1     The Committee noted that the 2011 Localism Act and associated statutory guidance set out in ‘Openness and Accountability in Local Pay: Guidance under section 40 of the Localism Act 2011’ required the Council to produce a Pay Policy Statement for each financial year. The purpose of the Pay Policy Statement was to provide a clear and transparent policy on the Council’s position on the remuneration of its Chief Officers and other employees, which demonstrated openness, accountability and value for money to the public.


6.2     Eleanor Hutchison gave a brief overview of the Pay Policy Statement with the Committee noting the changes outlined in the paper from the previous year:


· Para 14 Updated to reflect that the Chief Fire Officer post was now set against an Executive Reward Band grade rather than a spot salary. The salary for the postholder remained the same as previously, as the spot rate had been set at the salary applicable to the top of the grade.


 · Para 17 Updated list of posts in which the post-holder earns £100k or more (FTE).


 · Para 65 New paragraph to reflect the pay and conditions applicable to existing staff undertaking an apprenticeship to upskill within their existing role.


 · Para 69 Updated reference to the Government’s renewed statement of intent to introduce alternative measures to restrict excessive severance payments to public sector employees. This followed the withdrawal in February 2021 of the previous regulations, prior to a judicial review hearing.


 · Some incidental (non-substantive) changes to wording and format to improve clarity.



6.3     Members discussed the history of the £100k threshold noting that it was a statutory figure that had never been index linked. In response to a query, it was confirmed that it just included salary.



6.4     Members clarified the difference in pay between the lowest paid and highest paid members of staff. Exact figures were not in the meeting papers, but were published on the website.



RESOLVED TO RECOMMEND TO THE COUNCIL that the revised Pay Policy Statement 2024-25 be adopted.