Glasgow praised for delivering £500m equal pay claims

By William Eichler | 06 February 2020

Scotland’s local authority watchdog has praised Glasgow City Council for successfully delivering a project to finance £500m in equal pay claims.

The Accounts Commission concluded that the council developed and demonstrated good governance arrangements throughout the project to raise funds for women who were historically paid less than men in jobs of the same grade.

It found that the council had developed and applied appropriate project management and governance arrangements while assessing claims and making payments.

However, the commission also warned that risks remained for the council in the future as it deals with outstanding equal pay claims, as well as possible future claims, before the implementation of a new pay and grading structure next year.

Chair of the Accounts Commission, Graham Sharp, said: ‘We welcome that the council successfully delivered a challenging and complex project within a short space of time, with good governance arrangements and appropriate controls to ensure equal pay settlements were accurate.'

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