Agenda and minutes

Finance, Commercial Revenue and Contracts Policy & Accountability Committee
Wednesday, 8th November, 2017 7.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2 - Hammersmith Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Charles Francis, Committee Coordinator  020 8753 2062

Items
No. Item

10.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 153 KB

To approve as an accurate record, and the Chairman to sign the minutes of the meeting held on 6 September 2017.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 6 September 2017 were agreed as an accurate record.

 

11.

Chairman's Announcements

Minutes:

At the start of the meeting, the Chair confirmed several anticipated reports had been deferred and he had expressed concern about this to the Interim Chief Executive.

 

 

12.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Judith Worthy provided apologies for absence.

 

13.

Declarations of interest

If a Committee member has any prejudicial or personal interest in a particular item they should declare the existence and nature of the interest at the commencement of the consideration of that item or as soon as it becomes apparent.

 

At meetings where members of the public are allowed to be in attendance and speak, any Councillor with a prejudicial interest may also make representations, give evidence or answer questions about the matter. The Councillor must then withdraw immediately from the meeting before the matter is discussed and any vote taken unless a dispensation has been obtained from the Standards Committee.

 

Where Members of the public are not allowed to be in attendance, then

the Councillor with a prejudicial interest should withdraw from the meeting whilst the matter is under consideration unless the disability has been removed by the Standards Committee.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

 

14.

Pay Related to Gender Reporting pdf icon PDF 485 KB

Minutes:

Mark Grimley, Director of HR, introduced the report which provided information on the Council’s current position for gender parity and future activities to improve where required.

 

He explained that gender reporting regulations would come into force next year. Every organisation over a certain size would have a duty to report on this and it was part of the government’s commitment through the Equalities Act.

 

Making some caveats for the report, he explained the prescribed format for gender pay reporting set out in the regulations was subject to a change control with BT, as information was required in a specific format. BT were currently addressing this request as part of the Council’s improvement plan but the data BT held, was not as informative as it could be at this stage, as it had not been through quality assurance. The report provided details of where the Council would be looking at its gender equality duty, looking at base salaries (which did not include total renumeration), but which will be a requirement under the gender regulations.

 

Mark explained Councils have had an equal pay duty for a long time. The Council’s pay and grading structures look at a job evaluation scheme, it uses the London Scheme which allows Council’s to examine like for like roles in an objective way and so on this basis, Councils gender pay gap are in a better position than a number of other organisations. Highlighting the most recent data, Mark explained that nationally the United Kingdom has an unadjusted pay gap of 21 per cent. However, in Local Government specifically, this difference ranged from 5% to 8%.

 

Speaking specifically about the Council, Mark highlighted the distribution of the hours worked by different genders. He explained there was a part time bias for female members of staff which scewed the data sets of the pro rata figures. The other area concerned where staff were represented by gender at different levels within the organisation and from the data the Council has, there appeared to be a ceiling at about PO5 where there was less progression for females compared to males.

 

The Chair asked for further clarification of what PO5 meant. Mark explained this grade was for a senior qualified professional and there appeared to be a barrier at PO5. This was not so much about the equality of pay at that level, but more about whether there were barriers to progression at that level.

 

Referring to Chart 1 and the table disparity, Mark highlighted the cumulative representation. Throughout the organisation, it was noted the Council had a grade distribution by gender which was much higher for males, and one of the areas HR was investigating was whether lots of females started at the entry level of a grade, grade progression and whether females were not progressing as fast as males. Mark provided details of how the four spinal points within grades worked.

 

The final point to note was that at very senior levels, there was pay parity within the Council,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

15.

Dates of future meetings

·        Wednesday 13th December 2017

 

Minutes:

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 13h December 2017.

 

16.

Exclusion of Press and Public

The Committee is invited to resolve, under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, that the public and press be excluded from the meeting during the consideration of the following items of business, on the grounds that they contain the likely disclosure of exempt information, as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the said Act, and that the public interest in maintaining the exemption currently outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

 

Minutes:

The Committee is invited to resolve, under Section 100A (4) of the Local

Government Act 1972, that the public and press be excluded from the

meeting during the consideration of the following items of business, on

the grounds that they contain the likely disclosure of exempt information,

as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the said Act, and that the

public interest in maintaining the exemption currently outweighs the

public interest in disclosing the information.

 

17.

Exempt minutes of the previous meeting

Minutes:

The exempt minutes of 6 September 2017 were agreed as an accurate record.

18.

Managed Service Programme Report- Performance Update

Minutes:

The Committee considered the progress report on managed services.