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09 December 2015

Local Government Pay 2016

Council employees have been offered a two-year pay increase from 1 April 2016. The majority of employees - those on salaries starting at £17,714 per annum - would receive an uplift of one per cent on 1 April 2016 and a further one per cent on 1 April 2017, with those on lower salaries receiving higher increases to take account of the new National Living Wage.

The National Employers, who negotiate pay on behalf of 350 local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, made the offer to unions today (9 December 2015). It will affect over 1 million employees.

The total increase to the national paybill resulting from this offer is 2.4% (£364.175m) over 2 years (covering the period 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2018). Approximately 0.4% of this figure is designed to meet our immediate obligations under the National Living Wage and to start the process of moving towards the expected level of the Living Wage by 2020. This final offer was at the limit of affordability for councils.

This pay offer does not apply to council chief executives, senior officers, teachers or firefighters, who are covered by separate national pay arrangements.

The National Employers' final offer is set out below:

From 1 April 2016:

 On SCP 6, £900 (equivalent to 6.6%)

 On SCP 7, £900 (equivalent to 6.6%)

 On SCP 8, £900 (equivalent to 6.5%)

 On SCP 9, £900 (equivalent to 6.4%)

 On SCP 10, £900 (equivalent to 6.3%)

 On SCP 11, £300 (equivalent to 2.0%)

 On SCP 12, £300 (equivalent to 2.0%)

 On SCP 13, £250 (equivalent to 1.6%)

 On SCP 14, £250 (equivalent to 1.5%)

 On SCP 15, £200 (equivalent to 1.2%)

 On SCP 16, £200 (equivalent to 1.2%)

 On SCP 17, £175 (equivalent to 1.01%)

 On SCPs 18 and above, 1.0%

and:

From 1 April 2017:

 On SCP 6, £500 (equivalent to 3.4%)

 On SCP 7, £500 (equivalent to 3.4%)

 On SCP 8, £475 (equivalent to 3.2%)

 On SCP 9, £400 (equivalent to 2.6%)

 On SCP 10, £375 (equivalent to 2.5%)

 On SCP 11, £300 (equivalent to 1.9%)

 On SCP 12, £300 (equivalent to 1.9%)

 On SCP 13, £300 (equivalent to 1.9%)

 On SCP 14, £300 (equivalent to 1.8%)

 On SCP 15, £300 (equivalent to 1.8%)

 On SCP 16, £250 (equivalent to 1.5%)

 On SCP 17, £225 (equivalent to 1.3%)

 On SCPs 18 and above, 1.0%

 The LGA has also issued a press release

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