Councillor Rogers proposed a motion, as set out in the agenda,
which was seconded by Councillor Webb.
Councillors debated the motion.
RESOLVED (by 22 for, 7 against with
1 abstention) that the Council do accept the motion as set out
This council notes:
• Government has endured central government funding cuts of
nearly 50% since 2010.
• Between 2010 and 2020, councils will have lost 60p out of
every £1 they have received from central
• The 2019 LGA survey of council finances found that 1 in 3
councils fear they will run out of funding to provide even their
statutory, legal duties by 2022/23. This number rises to almost two
thirds of councils by 2024/2025 or later.
• The LGA estimates councils will face a funding gap of
£8 billion by
• Faced with these cuts from central government, the local
government workforce has endured years of pay restraint with the
majority of pay points losing 22 per cent of their value since
• At the same time as seeing their pay go down in real terms, workers experience ever
increasing workloads and persistent job insecurity. Across the UK,
an estimated 876,000 jobs have been lost in local government since
June 2010 – a reduction of 30 per cent. Local government has
arguably been hit by more severe job losses than any other part of
the public sector.
• There has been a disproportionate impact on women, with
women making up more than three quarters of the local government
This council believes:
• Our workers are public service heroes. They keep our
communities clean, care for those in need, and keep our towns and
• Without the professionalism and dedication of our staff,
the council services our residents rely on would not be
• Government funding has been cut to the extent that a
proper pay rise could result in a reduction in local government
• The government needs to take responsibility and fully
fund increases in pay; it should not put the burden on local
authorities whose funding been cut to the bone.
This council resolves to:
• Support the pay claim submitted by Unite, GMB and UNISON
on behalf of council and school workers for a £10 per hour
minimum wage and a 10% uplift across all
other pay points in 2020/21.
• Call on the Local Government Association to make urgent
representations to central government to fund the National
Council (NJC) pay claim.
• Write to the Chancellor and Secretary of State to call
for a pay increase for local government workers to be funded with
new money from central government.
• Meet with local NJC union representatives to convey
support for the pay claim.
• Communicate with all local government workers encouraging
them to join a trade union.