Some progress to report from North Lanarkshire even if there's a way to go before this business is put to bed!
The Council has finally provided A4ES with detailed figures regarding backpay settlements in respect of the late-running job evaluation (JE) exercise.
The only 'fly in the ointment' is that these figures are not yet complete having been supplied on a Gross basis, i.e. without Income Tax, National Insurance and Pension contributions being deducted (where appropriate).
So the North Lanarkshire Council still needs to calculate Income Tax, National Insurance and Pension deductions in order to arrive at Net settlement figures payable to individual employees.
A4ES have provided a suggested method for calculating these deduction to the Council which will, hopefully, speed up this process - however these Net figures also need to be checked and agreed by the Council.
Once these figures have been finalised, written offers of settlement can then be sent out to individual A4ES clients
I'll share any further developments on the blog site as soon as they occur, but it looks as though we could be approaching the finishing line, after many months of delay.
So fingers crossed, although I think it's wise to keep the pressure up on the Council until we have a firm date for settlements offers to be sent out.
Which is not a lot to ask, if you ask me.