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Local Authorities: Equal Pay

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what financial provision has been made for local authorities which are conducting pay and grading reviews in order to comply with the Equal Pay Act 1974. (156020)

Under the Equal Pay Act 1970, an employer must provide equal pay for the same work or work which is considered objectively to be of equal value. The Local Government Association has sought additional borrowing flexibility for local government through capitalisation. In response, on 28 September 2007 the Government issued £500 million of capitalisation directions to 46 authorities for the purpose of spending on equal pay back-pay.

A list of these 46 authorities is available at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/490459.