Agenda and decisions

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Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Minutes from the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 78 KB

To approve minutes from the previous meeting.


Resolved that the minutes of the Human Resources Committee held on 10 October 2023 be approved as a correct record.


Declarations of Interest

To receive and note any declarations of interests in respect of any matters included on the agenda for consideration at this meeting.

(The other registrable interests of Councillors of Somerset Council, arising from membership of City, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes: City, Town & Parish Twin Hatters - Somerset Councillors 2023 )


Public Question Time

The Chair to advise the Committee of any items on which members of the public have requested to speak and advise those members of the public present of the details of the Council’s public participation scheme.

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Chief Officer Pay Award 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 95 KB

To consider the report about the Chief Officer Pay Award 23/24.

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The Committee considered and discussed the report and sought and received assurance about the terms and conditions relating to the pay award for the Chief Executive that were agreed at the time of his appointment in October 2022, and that the proposed pay increase was in line with nationally agreed pay award for Chief Officers of Local Authorities.

The Committee agreed:

  • to note the nationally agreed Green Book, pay award for 2023/24, and the updated Somerset salary rates for grades 17 to 4. 
  • to note that the new pay structure for Chief Officers (Executive Directors and Service Directors) included the 2023/24 pay award as agreed at full Council in May 2023.
  • a 3.5% pay increase to the Chief Executive for 2023/24.


Pay Policy Statement 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To note the report in reference to Pay Policy Statement 24/25.

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The Committee having considered and discussed the report agreed to:

         Recommend that the Chief Executive submit the amended Pay Policy Statement for 2024-25, to full Council for approval.

         Note that the Pay Policy Statement will require in-year amendments to reflect the 2024/25 pay awards once agreed.


Health and Safety Policies

To receive an update on Health and Safety Policies.


The Committee agreed to defer this report to the next meeting.


Employment Policies

To receive an update on Employment Policies.


The Committee agreed to defer this report to the next meeting.



Workforce Update

 To receive an update on workforce matters.


Committee Workplan pdf icon PDF 33 KB

To go through the committee forward workplan.


The Committee considered and agreed the workplan and some additional agenda items/reports were suggested for future meetings.