Agenda and draft minutes

General Purposes Committee - Tuesday 29 March 2022 4.00 pm

Venue: Upper Guildhall, High Street, Andover, Hampshire

Contact: Sally Prior - 01264 368024  Email: sprior@testvalley.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

512.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Hamilton, Adams-King, Coole and Drew.

513.

Public Participation

Minutes:

There was no public participation.

514.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

515.

Urgent Items

Minutes:

There were no urgent items to consider.

516.

Business Mileage pdf icon PDF 221 KB

To consider a change to the Employment Benefits Policy related to business mileage.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report of the HR Manager that, in light of new ways of working post the Covid-19 pandemic, consideration be given to updating the Employment Benefits Policy in relation to Business Mileage.  This would enable those officers who undertake site visits when working from home to be able to claim the full cost of their business mileage undertaken within the Borough, providing any claim is in accordance with HMRC guidance.

 

Resolved:

1.  That the procedure for calculating Officers’ business mileage, as set out at paragraphs 5.2-5.4 of the report, be adopted from 1st April 2022.

2.  That the Human Resources Manager be authorised to update all relevant policies accordingly.

 

517.

National Living Wage pdf icon PDF 334 KB

A report recommending the removal of Grade 2 from the Council’s pay scales, making Grade 3 the lowest grade to enable the Council to stay compliant with the National Living Wage (NLW).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Chief Executive, which recommended the removal of Grade 1/2 from the Council’s pay scales, making Grade 3 the lowest grade (save for apprentices and trainees) to enable the Council to stay compliant with the National Living Wage (NLW), which was previously called the National Minimum Wage, now and in the next few years. This will have the additional benefit of supporting the recruitment and retention of good employees in a tight local labour market.

 

Resolved:

1.  That, in response to the increase in the National Living Wage, Grade 1/2 be deleted from the Council’s pay scales and employees on Grade 1/2 be assimilated onto the relevant salary point of Grade 3.

2.  That the Human Resources Manager be authorised to update all relevant policies accordingly.