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Liberal Democrats on Kent County Council

Kent County Council Employees should not be paid less than other Local Authority Staff

February 19, 2018 1:05 PM

The Liberal Democrats are calling on all councillors at KCC to join them in raising Kent's minimum pay rate to £8.50 per hour.

Rob BirdLeader of the Opposition, Rob Bird, writes: "Road crossing patrols, catering and domestic assistants, country park wardens - what do these people have in common? They are amongst the lowest paid staff working for Kent County Council. Many of them are on KCC's minimum wage.

"KCC is planning to raise its minimum wage to £8.10 per hour from April. That may well be better than the National Living Wage (1) but it's still some way below the minimum rate of £8.50 being offered by 353 councils across the country (2).

"Kent's cost of living is higher than much of the country. So how can KCC justify paying a lollipop lady in Tunbridge Wells less than she would earn in Carlisle, Hartlepool, Truro or nearby in Hastings? Many of these poorly paid staff are really struggling to meet their weekly bills. They deserve to be treated fairly."

1. The National Living Wage for people aged 25 and over will rise to £7.83 per hour in April 2018. It is currently forecast to rise to £8.52 in 2020.
2. The £8.50 per hour offer has been made by the National Joint Council for Local Government Services (NJC) on behalf of 353 local authorities. KCC is one of 54 councils, predominately in the South East and East of England, that does not participate in NJC pay bargaining.
3. The Liberal Democrat proposal will cost KCC an estimated £200,000 per annum.