Agenda and minutes

General Purposes Committee - Friday, 11th February, 2022 11.00 am

Venue: Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1UR

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Appeals against refusal of inspection of documents

To consider any appeals in accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules (in the event of an appeal the press and public will be excluded).


(*In accordance with Procedure Rule 15.2, written notice of an appeal must be received by the Head of Governance Services at least 24 hours before the meeting)



There were no appeals against the refusal of inspection of documents.


Exempt Information - possible exclusion of the press and public

1  To highlight reports or appendices which officers have identified as containing exempt information, and where officers consider that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information, for the reasons outlined in the report.


2   To consider whether or not to accept the officers recommendation in respect of the above information.


3   If so, to formally pass the following resolution:-


RESOLVED – That the press and public be excluded from the meeting during consideration of the following parts of the agenda designated as containing exempt information on the grounds that it is likely, in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings, that if members of the press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information, as follows:-



There were no resolutions to exclude the public.


Late items

To identify items which have been admitted to the agenda by the Chair for consideration


(The special circumstances shall be specified in the minutes)



There were no late items.


Declaration of Interests

To disclose or draw attention to any interests in accordance with Leeds City Council’s ‘Councillor Code of Conduct’.


There were no declarations of interest.


Apologies for absence

To receive any apologies for absence from the meeting.


There were no apologies for absence


Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 190 KB

To receive and approve the minutes of the meeting held on 25 October 2021


RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting held on the 25 October 2021 be approved as a correct record.




Approval of the 2022/23 Pay Policy Statement pdf icon PDF 406 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer (HR) that seeks Members’ views on the Pay Policy Statement 2022/23 and for the Committee to make recommendations to Full Council to approve the changes before the start of the 2022/23 financial year.


Additional documents:


The report of the Chief Officer (Human Resources) detailed information around the Council’s Annual Pay Policy Statement (Appendix A) which is statutorily required to be approved before 31 March each year by Full Council.  The Council Plan that was launched for 2020-25 included an updated People Strategy which kept inclusion and wellbeing at the centre of our organisation plans.  An important part of the People Strategy was the commitment for a fair and sustainable pay structure.  This links directly to the Council implementing a minimum wage which sought to mirror the Foundation Living Wage rate to ensure fair and sustainable pay for our low paid employees.


In addition, the report updated Members in relation to staff declarations of protected characteristics in the JNC cohort as well as providing comparative data in respect of regional median pay multiples.


The following were in attendance to present the report:


-  Gemma Taskas, Deputy Chief Officer, Human Resources

-  Jessica Dolphin, Human Resources Service Manager




(1)  That the content of the Pay Policy Statement 2022/23 at Appendix A and the content as set out in Appendix B be noted.

(2)   That it be recommended to Full Council that it:

(a)  Approves the Pay Policy Statement for the 2022/23 financial year as attached in Appendix A.

(b)  Delegates to the Chief Officer (HR), in consultation with the Chair of the General Purposes Committee, the approval of an Addendum to Pay olicy Statement to include the updtated pay multiple following the agreement of the 2022/23 pay award;

(c)  Note the Chief Officer (HR) has existing delegated authority to make any necessary adjustments to the Council’s pay scales arising from nationally agreed pay awards.




Date and Time of Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, 7 March 2022


Monday, 7 March 2022 at 3.30 p.m.