Ellie Ames 22 April 2024

Government urged to fund council pay claim

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Forest of Dean District Council has called on ministers to fully fund trade unions’ pay claim for local government workers.

Councillors at the Gloucestershire authority voted for a motion backing the 2024-25 pay claim for a 10% or £3,000 pay rise for council and school employees in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The claim was submitted by unions Unison, GMB and Unite in February.

Forest of Dean agreed to write to the chancellor and levelling up secretary with a plea for new money to fund the requested pay rise in full.

It also said it would call on the Local Government Association to urgently raise the issue with ministers.

The motion said: ‘Local government workers deserve a proper real terms pay increase.

‘The Government needs to take responsibility and fully fund this increase; it should not put the burden on local authorities whose funding has been cut to the bone.’

It is understood that local government employers will not make a pay offer until after the local elections in May.

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