The Council has not uprated actual pay since 2009 to ensure it meets the benchmark levels which are effectively the new pay scales. A gap has therefore opened up over the years between actual pay and contractual commitments.
In 2012, in accordance with new statutory guidance, the Council had to adopt a pay policy for senior management for the year. The Chief Executive did not recommend any increases in the pay policy but did highlight that even adopting the existing policy would entail an element of catch up from 2009 as actual pay had not increased in line with the benchmarks.
– Gwynedd Council spokesperson
The full Council accepted the Chief Executive's report in June 2012.
The Chief Executive has, after consultation with Cabinet Members, implemented the Council's pay policy. In so doing he decided not to backdate the award to previous years and also decided not to implement from 1 April 2012 in accordance with managers' entitlements. The pay was increased from 1 October in order to spread the cost over two financial years.
Even after implementing the pay policy adopted by the Council in June, the uprated pay will still be comparatively low when compared to other authorities.