Poorest Bolton Council staff to get pay rise

Bolton Town Hall

Bolton Town Hall

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

BOLTON Council’s poorest paid staff will receive a pay rise as town hall bosses approved spending more than £400,000 on boosting about 1,200 employees’ salaries.

The hourly rate for cleaners, events staff, social care assistants and more will go up from £6.69 to £7.22, if a national pay increase of one per cent for local authority staff is accepted.

It brings the rate of grade 1 pay closer to the so-called “living wage” of £7.65, based on the amount an individual needs to earn to afford the basic costs of living.

The legal minimum wage is currently £6.31 for adults.

The bottom grade 2 hourly wage of £7.26 will also go up to more than the living wage, at £7.71.

It is the second year running that the Labour-majority Bolton Council has introduced the policy, and leader Cllr Cliff Morris said the move would be funded following a £1 million reduction in the Transport for Greater Manchester levy.

He said: “We felt that because council staff hadn’t had an increase for three years, we should really do as much as we possibly can to give them a boost.

“This is the second year running we have increased the pay of our lowest paid staff — and in fact our lowest paid are nearly up to a living wage.

“We should be aiming for everyone to be on the living wage, and that will be a goal.”

An extra national one per cent pay increase — factored into the council’s budget — is the focus of a union strike ballot, as campaigners argue it is not enough for a sector which has suffered years of freezes.

Public services union Unison’s industrial action ballot is set to start on May 23.

But Bolton Unison spokesman Martin Chall-ender said while the one per cent increase was part of a national pay dispute, it welcomed this move to help the council’s poorest employees.

He added: “We welcome any efforts by the council to increase the pay of the lowest paid. It’s a step in the right direction and we’re glad that the council has taken action to address the issue of low pay.

“The benefits as far as we’re concerned in offering better rates of pay is that it helps the local economy — the town’s shops, businesses and the economy of the town as a whole — if the lowest paid receive more.”

Sean Harriss, Bolton Council chief executive, said 800 staff will see an immediate increase while 400 people will receive more money as the year goes on.

He added: “The council is pleased to be able to recognise the importance of improving pay for our lowest paid workers, and this has proved possible in a tight financial situation.”

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9:24am Sun 18 May 14

Hectoriva says...

Makes a nice change for the people at the bottom to get a pay rise rather than just the top!
Makes a nice change for the people at the bottom to get a pay rise rather than just the top! Hectoriva
  • Score: 25

9:51am Sun 18 May 14

Comment777 says...

Hectoriva wrote:
Makes a nice change for the people at the bottom to get a pay rise rather than just the top!
Those at the top should take a cut based on their lack of performance and productivity...
[quote][p][bold]Hectoriva[/bold] wrote: Makes a nice change for the people at the bottom to get a pay rise rather than just the top![/p][/quote]Those at the top should take a cut based on their lack of performance and productivity... Comment777
  • Score: 26

11:13am Sun 18 May 14

Beyond News Forum says...

And in the real world the cost of living exceeds the minimum wage.
And in the real world the cost of living exceeds the minimum wage. Beyond News Forum
  • Score: 13

12:55pm Sun 18 May 14

fay clarke says...

I did not know that poor people worked in the council.
I did not know that poor people worked in the council. fay clarke
  • Score: -19

1:06pm Sun 18 May 14

Gore Seer says...

The Council Will Pay Nothing For These Increases, The Rate Payers Pay,Balot Us For These Rises, I Vote No Increase Till Services Get Better.
The Council Will Pay Nothing For These Increases, The Rate Payers Pay,Balot Us For These Rises, I Vote No Increase Till Services Get Better. Gore Seer
  • Score: -15

1:14pm Sun 18 May 14

NHLUFC says...

Unfortunate headline, just because someone is currently on a relatively low wage it doesn't necessarily make them "poor".
Unfortunate headline, just because someone is currently on a relatively low wage it doesn't necessarily make them "poor". NHLUFC
  • Score: 8

1:20pm Sun 18 May 14

rnorris says...

fay clarke wrote:
I did not know that poor people worked in the council.
Shows your ignorance.
[quote][p][bold]fay clarke[/bold] wrote: I did not know that poor people worked in the council.[/p][/quote]Shows your ignorance. rnorris
  • Score: 0

3:40pm Sun 18 May 14

boltonnut says...

NHLUFC wrote:
Unfortunate headline, just because someone is currently on a relatively low wage it doesn't necessarily make them "poor".
I agree with you NHLUFC. B.N. should have stated poorly paid or low paid employees.In my opinion they are underpaid.My brother worked for the council for minimum wage,a couple of his friends worked in council "middle"management,t
he difference in wage scale was astronomical.As an aside,someone once asked me if I made good money at my job ,my answer was,"I make very good money,just not enough of it".
[quote][p][bold]NHLUFC[/bold] wrote: Unfortunate headline, just because someone is currently on a relatively low wage it doesn't necessarily make them "poor".[/p][/quote]I agree with you NHLUFC. B.N. should have stated poorly paid or low paid employees.In my opinion they are underpaid.My brother worked for the council for minimum wage,a couple of his friends worked in council "middle"management,t he difference in wage scale was astronomical.As an aside,someone once asked me if I made good money at my job ,my answer was,"I make very good money,just not enough of it". boltonnut
  • Score: 6

6:49pm Sun 18 May 14

steveG says...

There should be very little difference in council pay scales from top to bottom,at the end of the day these people are public servants,something which would appear to have been long forgotten.

No one in local authority employment should be receiving salaries in excess of £50000 and those above that figure should be having their salaries reduced to fund the increase of the lower paid workers.

It should not be down to tax payers to fund this increase,as current levels of council tax are completely unsustainable.
There should be very little difference in council pay scales from top to bottom,at the end of the day these people are public servants,something which would appear to have been long forgotten. No one in local authority employment should be receiving salaries in excess of £50000 and those above that figure should be having their salaries reduced to fund the increase of the lower paid workers. It should not be down to tax payers to fund this increase,as current levels of council tax are completely unsustainable. steveG
  • Score: 5

6:59pm Sun 18 May 14

allan111111 says...

Poor can mean people earning less than 50,000 per year
Poor can mean people earning less than 50,000 per year allan111111
  • Score: -6

7:47pm Sun 18 May 14

Gore Seer says...

A Teacher Ex Off Mine Got £38,000 Tax Free Lump Sum, £450 A Week For Life, She Also Got State Pension On Top, And She Claims Hard Done By. I Wish I Was As Poor As Her.
A Teacher Ex Off Mine Got £38,000 Tax Free Lump Sum, £450 A Week For Life, She Also Got State Pension On Top, And She Claims Hard Done By. I Wish I Was As Poor As Her. Gore Seer
  • Score: -8

9:54pm Sun 18 May 14

cranks says...

Well it looks to me like a easy way for bmbc in say 3 or 4 year to say to these staff we are sorry but due to the fact it now costs too much to employ you we are going to get private companys to do your jobs and your work will be outsourced like some of the recent rochdale care workers found out....Beware'beware
'beware.....
Well it looks to me like a easy way for bmbc in say 3 or 4 year to say to these staff we are sorry but due to the fact it now costs too much to employ you we are going to get private companys to do your jobs and your work will be outsourced like some of the recent rochdale care workers found out....Beware'beware 'beware..... cranks
  • Score: 7

9:54pm Sun 18 May 14

davroduk says...

Gore Seer wrote:
A Teacher Ex Off Mine Got £38,000 Tax Free Lump Sum, £450 A Week For Life, She Also Got State Pension On Top, And She Claims Hard Done By. I Wish I Was As Poor As Her.
Bloody Hell
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: A Teacher Ex Off Mine Got £38,000 Tax Free Lump Sum, £450 A Week For Life, She Also Got State Pension On Top, And She Claims Hard Done By. I Wish I Was As Poor As Her.[/p][/quote]Bloody Hell davroduk
  • Score: 0

9:56pm Sun 18 May 14

davroduk says...

Bloody Hell
And I used to feel sorry for teachers.
I have worked myself into an early grave and dont get feckin anything
Bloody Hell And I used to feel sorry for teachers. I have worked myself into an early grave and dont get feckin anything davroduk
  • Score: -3

10:04pm Sun 18 May 14

FrusteratedCowYed says...

fay clarke wrote:
I did not know that poor people worked in the council.
What a stupid comment. If you have nothing constructive to say stay quiet
[quote][p][bold]fay clarke[/bold] wrote: I did not know that poor people worked in the council.[/p][/quote]What a stupid comment. If you have nothing constructive to say stay quiet FrusteratedCowYed
  • Score: 6

12:52am Mon 19 May 14

mr.mark.c says...

Gore Seer wrote:
A Teacher Ex Off Mine Got £38,000 Tax Free Lump Sum, £450 A Week For Life, She Also Got State Pension On Top, And She Claims Hard Done By. I Wish I Was As Poor As Her.
Begins with bull and ends in sh1t
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: A Teacher Ex Off Mine Got £38,000 Tax Free Lump Sum, £450 A Week For Life, She Also Got State Pension On Top, And She Claims Hard Done By. I Wish I Was As Poor As Her.[/p][/quote]Begins with bull and ends in sh1t mr.mark.c
  • Score: 4

8:24am Mon 19 May 14

Gore Seer says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
A Teacher Ex Off Mine Got £38,000 Tax Free Lump Sum, £450 A Week For Life, She Also Got State Pension On Top, And She Claims Hard Done By. I Wish I Was As Poor As Her.
Begins with bull and ends in sh1t
Sir My Ex Took Early Retirement At 52,
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: A Teacher Ex Off Mine Got £38,000 Tax Free Lump Sum, £450 A Week For Life, She Also Got State Pension On Top, And She Claims Hard Done By. I Wish I Was As Poor As Her.[/p][/quote]Begins with bull and ends in sh1t[/p][/quote]Sir My Ex Took Early Retirement At 52, Gore Seer
  • Score: -2

8:26am Mon 19 May 14

scottie 33 says...

Gore Seer wrote:
The Council Will Pay Nothing For These Increases, The Rate Payers Pay,Balot Us For These Rises, I Vote No Increase Till Services Get Better.
and announced, just before the 22, local elections what a suprise.
[quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: The Council Will Pay Nothing For These Increases, The Rate Payers Pay,Balot Us For These Rises, I Vote No Increase Till Services Get Better.[/p][/quote]and announced, just before the 22, local elections what a suprise. scottie 33
  • Score: 3

2:36pm Tue 20 May 14

templejohn says...

How nice of sticky fingers Morris, to say that the increase will,
nearly put these workers on a living wage,, i would like to bet that
tossers on more than a living wage,
How nice of sticky fingers Morris, to say that the increase will, nearly put these workers on a living wage,, i would like to bet that tossers on more than a living wage, templejohn
  • Score: 1

5:57pm Tue 20 May 14

Gore Seer says...

mr.mark.c wrote:
Gore Seer wrote:
A Teacher Ex Off Mine Got £38,000 Tax Free Lump Sum, £450 A Week For Life, She Also Got State Pension On Top, And She Claims Hard Done By. I Wish I Was As Poor As Her.
Begins with bull and ends in sh1t
You Are Quite Right, It Was Bull, I Forgot Her £50 A Week DLA And £23 A Week Mobility, Ho By The Way She Cash Her Pension At 52 She Could Have Left It Till She Was 60, And Got A Lot More But Her Union Did Not Tell Her, Sorry For The Bull I Hope You Will Except My Apology.
[quote][p][bold]mr.mark.c[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gore Seer[/bold] wrote: A Teacher Ex Off Mine Got £38,000 Tax Free Lump Sum, £450 A Week For Life, She Also Got State Pension On Top, And She Claims Hard Done By. I Wish I Was As Poor As Her.[/p][/quote]Begins with bull and ends in sh1t[/p][/quote]You Are Quite Right, It Was Bull, I Forgot Her £50 A Week DLA And £23 A Week Mobility, Ho By The Way She Cash Her Pension At 52 She Could Have Left It Till She Was 60, And Got A Lot More But Her Union Did Not Tell Her, Sorry For The Bull I Hope You Will Except My Apology. Gore Seer
  • Score: 0

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