Scilly’s Market Forces Payments To Be Removable

town hall windows signThe Council has a new policy that means market factor supplements awarded to staff will be reviewed annually and could be removed if situations change.

Earlier this month, the proposal had gone before the Policy and Resources committee, but councillors had asked for further checks to be made on the legality of the document and whether the unions had been consulted.

Director of finance, Peter Lawrence-Roberts confirmed at a special Full Council on Tuesday, that everything was now in order, before it was agreed by councillors.

The supplements were first introduced two years ago as a way to recruit and retain talented staff. They were given to the former chief executive and his management team in May 2010.

They were supposed to be reviewable on an annual basis but subsequent advice from Cornwall’s head of legal affairs, Richard Williams, suggested that removal of the payments without the officers’ consent could be subject to challenge at a tribunal.

The new policy will require all staff receiving a supplement to sign a contract saying it will be reviewed yearly and could be withdrawn completely.

Cllr Christine Savill welcomed the policy, saying it had been hard work getting this far and it was much needed.

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