Funding Boost Of £455m For Equal Pay Claims

Funding of £455m will be awarded to councils in England to allow back payments relating to thousands of equal pay claims from women workers.

In a move to speed up long-term commitments to achieving equal pay for all council workers, local government minister John Healey gave the go-ahead to 34 councils to raise the money through capitlisation.

Mr Healey said: "Local government workers have the legal right to fair pay like anyone else, but some councils have let unequal pay persist for decades.

"I'm determined to see councils settle their equal pay obligations. Local government workers should get the equal pay to which they are entitled.

"Good progress has been made over the past year. But this is not a new obligation on employers and I now want to see even greater progress made, and the momentum of the past year maintained. I want to see councils go further and faster, working closely with the trades unions, to see fair pay for all staff."

Dave Prentis, general secretary of Unison, welcomed the move saying it was a huge boost for the women in the affected councils, who will receive "some pay justice at last".


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