Plan to give West Norfolk council staff £250 savings bonus is approved

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West Norfolk Council staff will be given a £250 bonus for helping to achieve savings targets as part of a pay award agreed this week.

The authority’s cabinet approved the payment, which will go to all permanent and fixed-term staff who were in post before last October, at a meeting on Tuesday.

Council leader Nick Daubney said: “We do have a long way to go if we’re to continue with our proud record of successfully balancing the budget and that gives us a big challenge over the next few years.

“Many of these plans and progresses have come from the staff and that is particularly pleasing to me.”

He said the establishment of Alive Leisure, the trust which oversees the running of sports and leisure facilities including Lynnsport the St James swimming pool and the Corn Exchange in Lynn, plus the leisure centres in Hunstanton and Downham, deserved particular recognition.

The proposals for the 2015-16 financial year also allow for a one per cent pay rise for staff, with an additional 0.5 per cent for workers who earn less than £21,500 per year. The council’s minimum hourly wage will also rise to £7.20 from £7.

Regeneration portfolio holder Alistair Beales said: “I think these recommendations strike a very fair balance.

“Times have been tough, as we know, but the incentivising of savings is exactly what we should be doing.”