Laura Sharman 12 February 2020

A 10% council pay rise is 'affordable' says Unison

A 10% council pay rise is affordable says Unison image

A 10% pay rise for council staff is 'affordable' and would boost local economies, new research from a trade union has said.

Analysis by Landman Economics, commissioned by Unison, shows the net cost of funding the pay rise would be £789m. This is less than half the overall projected cost of £1.6bn.

Unison also argued the pay rise would help save the Government hundreds of millions as employees wouldn't need to claim additional benefits and would be paying more in extra tax and national insurance.

Head of local government at Unison, Jon Richards, said: 'Council budgets are under unbelievable strain after years of cuts. It’s high time ministers found the money to ensure the people providing local services at the heart of every community are treated fairly.

'They must give councils the money to pay the people who keep our streets safe, educate our children, maintain our parks and care for the vulnerable. Otherwise experienced staff will continue to leave for better paid jobs elsewhere and then it’s local communities that will be the losers.'

The three trade unions have rejected the pay offer of a 2% rise, calling it 'deeply disappointing'.

The National Employers has said a 2% rise would benefit over one million employees and would increase the national pay bill by £364m.

In a nutshell: the 2020-21 local government pay claim

One year on, councils will be central to recovery image

One year on, councils will be central to recovery

After an extraordinary year, council staff are exhausted, worn down and facing further cuts, says Heather Jameson. But she has no doubt they will continue to rise to the challenge 'whether it is in an office, at home or on a laptop anywhere'.
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