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policy will require all staff receiving a supplement to sign a contract saying it will be reviewed yearly and could be withdrawn completely.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

2 Responses to Scilly’s Market Forces Payments To Be Removable

  1. Mike Brown March 21, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Sorry but this is shutting the door after the horses have bolted!

    All chief Officers received these non pensionable supplements of £4,500pa pro-rata in 2010. There was no policy to assess or review the payments, they just got them!

    Subsequently they agreed to give them up in return for a £4,000 pensionable pay rise.
    So we the tax payer have to dig even deeper now!

  2. Nobby Nobbs March 21, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Long overdue
    Senior officers or should, I say an ex senior officer creating their own payrise, and then voted through on the quite by a committee of tame councillors.
    Outrageous, disgusting and despicable.
    This should be removed with immediate effect and if senior officers don’t like it, then they are free to seek employment elsewhere