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S5W-01577: Linda Fabiani (East Kilbride)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 21 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-00877 by Angela Constance on 24 June 2016, which local authorities are still to settle their outstanding equal pay claims, also broken down by the (a) number of staff affected and (b) stage the claims are at in each council.

Answered by: Angela Constance 10 August 2016

The Scottish Government believes it is completely unacceptable that any equal pay claims against local authorities have not yet been settled. We believe that there is no excuse for any councils continuing to avoid their responsibilities, and that this is something they should address as a priority. However, local authorities are independent bodies responsible for matters relating to employment of their staff. The Scottish Government therefore does not hold the information requested.

The Overview of Local Government Report published by the Accounts Commission in March 2016, which is available at http://www.audit-scotland.gov.uk/report/an-overview-of-local-government-in-scotland-2016, said that councils currently estimate that about 30,000 equal pay cases remain outstanding. The Overview Report also said that the Accounts Commission plans to look at equal pay issues across local government in more detail during 2016-17. It is hoped that this will provide more detailed information about equal pay claims against local authorities across Scotland, and Scottish Government officials are keeping in close touch with Audit Scotland about the progress of this work.