Agenda and minutes

General Services Committee - Thursday, 6th August, 2015 7.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 2, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 6SL. View directions

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No. Item


Minutes pdf icon PDF 47 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of General Services Committee meeting held on 23 June 2015.



The minutes of the General Services Committee held on 23 June 2015 were agreed as a correct record.


Items of Urgent Business

To receive additional items that the Chair is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency, in accordance with Section 100B (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972.


There were no items of urgent business.


Declarations of Interests


There were no declarations of interest.


Proposal to Implement a Pay Award for Music Tutors working for Thurrock Music Services pdf icon PDF 81 KB

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The Committee was informed that music tutors had not received a pay rise since before 2010 and tutor capacity was decreasing as other local authorities were offering more competitive rates. The increase in tutors hourly rates would be covered by external funding and the Chair of the Music Education Hub Board was in full agreement with the report’s proposals.


The Committee questioned why an increase was being sought now if after a financial review in March 2016 the service could be left with a reduced budget. Officers explained that any reduction in costs would affect the infrastructural and some project work and not the amount of hours provided by the music tutors themselves.


The Committee learnt that the music tutor pay sat outside the single service pay scheme and therefore had not been subject to previous salary increases. This could be taken into account for future increases.


Councillor Gledhill raised a query that the service would be in deficit at the end of the financial year because of the overhead costs of the internal corporate services charged to the service. It was responded that all services in the councils were charged set fees for legal and facility services among others and was not necessarily the costs incurred by the services.




1.    The Committee approve the pay award of 2.2% to be implemented for work undertaken by music tutors working for Thurrock Music Services, effective from 1 September 2015.


2.    HR create proposals for the future alignment of non-scheme salaries and payments with the single service pay scheme.