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Local Government: Equality

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which local authorities have not yet (a) undertaken and (b) completed an equal pay review. (247674)

I have been asked to reply.

It is for local authorities, as employers, to work actively with the unions to deal with equal pay in an affordable way. Central Government do not have direct involvement. The Local Government Employers organisation monitors progress in local government towards implementation.

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which local authorities have been permitted to borrow to fund equal pay deals in the last two years; and how much was borrowed in each case. (247786)

I have been asked to reply.

On 26 September 2008, £455 million of capitalisation directions were issued to 34 authorities to enable them to make equal pay back-payments and speed up progress on delivering equal pay. The 2008-09 announcement builds on the £500 million of capitalisation directions allocated to 46 authorities in 2007.

The full list of authorities awarded capitalisation in 2007-08, including the amount of capitalisation used by individual authorities is available at:

http://www.local.communities.gov.uk/finance/capital/equalpay0708.pdf

The list for 2008-09 is available at:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/977615

however, the amount of capitalisation used by individual authorities in 2008-09 will be published on the Department's website in September 2009.

In order to avoid prejudicing ongoing local negotiations details of the amounts sought by authorities or directions issued, have not been published.