Wednesday 01 April 2020

Local Government Services (Green Book)

As part of its core service, East Midlands Councils provides advice to its member authorities on the national conditions of service for employees within the Local Government Services negotiating body, i.e. those covered by the Green Book conditions of service.

Local Government Pay Negotiations 2020 - Regional Consultation

The briefing paper and presentation/notes for the cancelled pay event are available here.

Pay Briefing presentation by Harry Honnor (LGA) here.


Review of Term-Time Working

Please find attached a circular that provides an update on the NJC’s review of Term-Time Only working (25.2.20)

Local Government Pay Negotiations 2020

 Council employees’ pay offer announced

Council employees have been offered a pay increase of 2.0% from 1 April 2020.  A copy of the letter can be found here.

The National Employers, who negotiate pay on behalf of 350 local authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, made the offer to unions today (5.2.20). It will affect over 1 million employees.

We shall update you further after the next meeting of the full Employers’ Side (date tbc).


Local Government Pay Negotiations 2020

Please find attached below a circular that provides an update on the 2020 local government pay negotiations.

We will keep you all informed of any future developments.

Emp circular pay update 23jan20

Local Government Services Pay Claim 2020

To keep you informed, the National Employers met on 5th November 2019 to consider the NJC Trade Unions' Pay Claim for 2020 (details of claim below) and have sent the attached letter to the NJC Trade Union Side setting out their initial response.

 We will keep you updated with any developments as soon as they arise.

TU Pay Claim 05Nov19


Local Government Pay 2020

The NJC Trade Unions have lodged the [attached below] 2020 pay claim with the National Employers. The claim is for:

  • a 10% pay increase
  • a one-day increase in annual leave
  • a two-hour reduction in the working week
  • a review of workplace stress and mental health

Councils will be consulted in the usual way through a series of regional pay briefings during September and October.  The East Midlands Pay roadshow event will take place on 12 September in Melton Mowbray.  Further information about this event will be circulated shortly.

TU Pay Claim 24Jul19


We are pleased to inform you that the ‘National Joint Council for local government services National Agreement on Pay and Conditions of Service’, commonly known as the ‘Green Book’ has now been updated from the existing 2018 version.

 The updated ‘Green Book’ now includes the recently agreed Part 4.12 guidance on Term-Time Only Employees.

 For ease of reference, updates can be seen in the ‘tracked version’ at pages 1, 3, 35, 92, 159 and 179-190.

The ‘Green Book’ is available online only. All employees with an email address ending “” can freely access it via the link below [NB: log in required]):

As with the previous updates, we have issued two versions; one showing all track changes, the other not. By making the ‘Green Book’ available online we can ensure that all future updates can be made quickly so that you will have the confidence of knowing that you have the most up to date version. We recommend that you also make the Agreement available to your employees by uploading it to your organisation’s intranet.

Green Book 13Mar19 tracked version

 Green Book 13Mar19 untracked version

Latest News

Early May Bank Holiday 2020: VE Day 75th Anniversary

The LGA have produced a circular regarding the announcement from the Government that the early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May in order to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day.  The circular can be accessed here .

Job Evaluation Technical Working Group (JETWG)

The JETWG Interim Circular 01Mar19 circular updates organisations on the NJC’s ongoing review of both the paper and computerised (Gauge™) versions of the NJC JE Scheme - 1.3.19

Term-Time Only Employees: new Part 4 guidance

As part of the 2016-18 pay deal, the NJC agreed to conduct a joint review of term-time working to consider "an NJC approach to deliver fair, consistent and transparent contracts for school support staff and term-time only staff not employed in schools". To support the review, the NJC Joint Secretaries are being advised by employer practitioners from local authorities and a multi-Academy Trust and local trade union representatives.

The NJC has produced (19.2.19) the first tranche of guidance on working arrangements for Term-Time only employees which will be incorporated as Part 4.12 into the next updated version of the National Agreement (‘Green Book’).

Part 4 12 cover circular 18Feb19

Part 4 12 18Feb19

Local Government Pay 2018

LGS Pay Update - 10th April 2018

Agreement has now been reached between the National Employers and the NJC Trade Union Side on rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2018 and 1 April 2019.

The LGS Pay 2018-19 circular sets out the details. East Midlands Councils will be working with local authorities in the region who may want support in implementing the revised national pay spine with regards to their grading structures.

LGS Pay Update - 25th January 2018

A circular has today (25.1.18) been produced by the LGA which gives an update on the LGS pay situation.  The update can be found here

Fire and Rescue Services Pay Claim 2017

Attached is a pay offer made by the National Fire Employers to the FBU on 1 July 2017.

Trade Union Pay Claim for 2018/19

This NJC pay claim for 2018-2019 and accompanying submission is made by the Joint Trade Union Side (UNISON, GMB and UNITE) to the Local Government Association.

TU Pay Claim 14Jun17


The LGA have today (16.5.16) informed us that agreement has today been reached with the NJC Trade Union Side on the rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2016 and 1 April 2017. Details are set out on the link below.

LGS Pay 2016-17 - 16.5.16

Negotiations for Local Government Pay 

In the latest developments on national negotiations for local government pay for 2016, UNISON has issued a newsletter to its branches to inform them that the Employers’ pay offer for “Green Book” employees has been rejected by 64% to 36%.  In response, the Employers have issued the following statement:-  “The National Employers are disappointed that UNISON has today announced that its members have rejected the final pay offer. However, we shall await the results of GMB’s and Unite’s pay consultations, which are due in the next few weeks, before commenting further”

Unison - pay-justice-2016-bulletin-issue-08

Job Evaluation

NJC Job Evaluation Scheme: New Model Role Profiles June 2017

Please see below the latest batch of model role profiles for Commissioning, Family Support, Home Care, Public Health, Residential Care, Principal Social Worker and Support Time Recovery jobs.

Public Health and Social Health Care Profiles 21Jun17

The covering circular can be found here and new Tech Note 16 with advice on “Using Role Profiles to Implement Job Evaluation” can be found here .

The NJC JE Technical Working Group has produced (20.1.16)  the attached technical Note which the LGA have asked us to circulate to Councils. Tech Note 15 Market Supplements Jan16 (003)

Pay Negotiations Update and National Living Wage: 1 APRIL 2016

Emp Circ NLW uplift 19Jan16

Localism Act: Pay Policy Statements - Guidance for Chief Executives

Further to the JNC's initial guidance (dated 25 Nov 11), please find attached Supplementary Note No 1 that deals with a few issues that have been raised by local authorities Developments at National Level on Pay for Local Government Services Employees for 2011/2012   Pay Policy Supplementary - 12 Jan

Further to the JNC's initial guidance (dated 25 Nov 11) and Supplementary Note No 1 (dated 12 Jan), please find attached Supplementary Note No 2 that deals with Pay multiple: where it should be published, Pay multiple: no requirement to publish a target, Pay multiple: calculating the average, Tax avoidance, Definition of Chief Officer Pay Policy Supplementary Part 2 - 1 March 12

The Employers' Side of the NJC for Local Government Services (Green Book) staff have today (28.10.11) received a claim from the joint trade unions in relation to pay for 2012.  Please see the claim below:  TU Pay Claim 28 Oct 11

The LGS Employers have today (17.2.11) informed the local government trade unions that they will not be in a position to make any pay offer for 2011/2012.  Please see below Circular and Options paper.

Emp Circ 17 Feb 11

Options Paper Nov 10

National Car Allowance Rates

These are the final car mileage rates issued by the NJC. See attached letter.

The Employers now encourage local organisations to adopt the rates set by HMRC which can be found on the website:

2010 report of the technical advisers

2010 NJC mileage rates