06 July 2010

A new pay and benefits package for staff at Northamptonshire County Council has been announced today paving the way for a more modern and affordable pay structure across the organisation.

The new package will see historical allowances and expenses like car schemes and telephone allowances scrapped while mileage rates will be reduced to bring the council in line with the private sector.

Meetings with staff are taking place throughout the next few weeks with people finding out their new salary bands and exactly how this will affect them.

It is anticipated that 56 per cent of staff will have their pay cut or frozen, while 44 per cent – mainly front line staff delivering services to the public – will see increases.

Leader of the council Jim Harker said: “We have had to carry out this piece of work following the national Single Status Agreement which required all councils to make sure across the country all pay was fair and equal. We have used this as an opportunity to review outdated pay and terms of conditions.

“It is clearly vital that we introduce a pay and benefits package which is fair, equal and consistent across all our services. It is also very clear we need to do so in a way which is affordable to the organisation and the taxpayer.

“As a result I would not envisage this package will cost the council additional money at the point of implementation and in some areas there will be cost reductions. A lot of historical expenses and allowances are being abolished to bring us into line with private sector pay and work practices.”

A total of 2,223 jobs were reviewed as part of this exercise and the new package will go live on April 1 2011.

“I believe this package hits the right balance between a fair and equal pay and the financial realities.

“Our staff out in Northamptonshire’s communities delivering vital services are a great asset to this organisation. This deal makes sure all of them across the organisation are on the same pay structure while also ensuring the very best value for money for taxpayers.”