Council to raise pay rates by 6.2 per cent

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ALL council workers in Fareham are set for a six per cent annual pay rise thanks to a new way of working that has saved the council thousands of pounds.

The pay rise will see the council’s 380 staff, excluding the council’s chief executive Peter Grimwood, get an extra 6.2 per cent on their salary.

The inflation-busting rise is being funded by savings brought about by Vanguard, a consultancy firm that overhauled the council’s systems last year at a total cost of £300,000. This was criticised as it happened when a £800,000 shortfall was announced in the council’s yearly budget.

A reorganisation of staff, voluntary redundancies and cutting back services ranked least popular by residents made up this deficit and the new way of working designed by Vanguard was brought in, saving an estimated £370,000 in its first year, which council leader Sean Woodward said will continue each year.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘This recognises the extra work the staff have been doing and the fact they are working harder and smarter than ever before.’

Councillors at Fareham Borough Council are set to sign off the pay rise at their next full council meeting on December 11.