Agenda and minutes

Human Resources Committee
Tuesday, 11 December 2018 2.00 p.m.

Venue: Georgian Room, Kendal Town Hall

Contact: Una Bell 

Items
No. Item

HR/27

Minutes pdf icon PDF 171 KB

To authorise the Chairman to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 9 October 2018.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Chairman be authorised to sign, as a correct record, the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 9 October 2018.

HR/28

Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations by Members of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.

 

Members are reminded that, in accordance with the revised Code of Conduct, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests or other registrable interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests.  (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting.)

 

Members may, however, also decide, in the interests of clarity and transparency, to declare at this point in the meeting, any such disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, as well as any other registrable or other interests.

 

If a Member requires advice on any item involving a possible declaration of interest which could affect his/her ability to speak and/or vote, he/she is advised to contact the Monitoring Officer at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That it be noted that no declarations of interest were raised.

HR/29

Local Government Act 1972 - Excluded Items

To consider whether the items, if any, in Part II of the Agenda should be considered in the presence of the press and public.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the items in Part II of the Agenda be dealt with following the exclusion of the press and public.

HR/30

National Pay Agreement 2018-20: New Pay Grades pdf icon PDF 106 KB

To consider the Pay Agreement 2018-20 New Pay Grade Report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Charles Officer, the Senior Human Resources Advisor, presented the National Pay Agreement 2018-20 New Pay Grade Report and explained that the authority was part of the National Joint Council for Local Government Services, which nationally negotiated pay and grading. He explained that the National Pay Agreement would be implemented from 1 April 2019 and every Council employee would see an increase in pay of at least 2%. He also explained that the new minimum pay rate would be in line with the National Living Wage of £9.00 per hour, with the exception of apprentices. The Senior Human Resources Advisor informed the Committee that, as a result of the introduction of the new national pay spine, there would be changes to the current pay grade increment system. He concluded by informing Members that collective consultation had taken place with Trade Unions and Members through the Joint Consultative Panel and the proposals were supported.

 

The Committee discussed the report and the Senior Human Resources Advisor, Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) and the Chief Executive responded to questions raised by Members.

 

RESOLVED – That

 

(1)        the new pay spine be endorsed; and

 

(2)        the implementation of the new pay spine with effect from 1 April 2019 be recommended to Full Council for approval.

HR/31

Press and Public

Minutes:

RESOLVED - That, under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12 A of the Act as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006 by virtue of the paragraphs indicated.

HR/32

Joint Consultative Panel

To receive the notes of the meeting of the Joint Consultative Panel held on 27 November 2018.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting of the Joint Consultative Panel held on 27 November 2018 be received.

HR/33

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee

To receive the minutes of the meeting of the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee held on 16 October 2018.

Minutes:

The Director of Policy and Resources (Monitoring Officer) answered questions raised by Members and in regard to two specific queries, the Director People and Places undertook to provide a response outside of the meeting.

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting of the Health, Safety and Wellbeing Committee held on 16 October 2018 be received.

HR/34

Customer Connect Programme

To receive an interim verbal update following the close of the employee consultation period.

Minutes:

The Director People and Places presented a verbal update which, following the close of the employee consultation period, outlined the outcomes of the consultation. He informed the Committee that the consultation report had been communicated to all staff. His update included a PowerPoint presentation which highlighted the scope of the consultation, the number and themes of responses received, the actions arising from the responses and forthcoming key activities for the Customer Connect Programme.

 

The Director People and Places, the Human Resources Advisor and the Chief Executive responded to questions raised by Members.

 

Members thanked the Director People and Places for the interim update and agreed that the consultation period had been sensitively managed.

 

RESOLVED – That the Customer Connect Programme Employee Consultation outcome interim verbal update be received.

HR/35

Re-Admission of Press and Public

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the press and public be re-admitted to the meeting.