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Honorarium Policy

Meeting: 27/11/2019 - South Holland District Council (Item 75)

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To approve the new honorarium policy (report of the Portfolio Holder, Governance and Customer and the Executive Director Strategy and Governance enclosed).

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Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Portfolio Holder, Governance and Customer and the Executive Director Strategy & Governance.

 

The Portfolio Holder – Governance and Customer introduced the report to approve the honorarium policy.  The Portfolio Holder informed Council that the new policy developed for the purpose of rewarding staff in a one off payment between £100 and £500 via payroll for undertaking a project or piece of work beyond that expected of the job role.

 

The Portfolio Holder further informed Council that the requests would be considered at 2 points in the year (February and September) and all Managers would be notified of the timescales for the submissions.  The policy had been considered by the Performance Development Panel.

 

DECISION:

 

That the honorarium policy be approved, subject to receiving formal sign off from the unions.

 

Claire Burton left the meeting at 19.08


Meeting: 24/09/2019 - Policy Development Panel (Item 28)

28 Honorarium Policy

To consider the Honorarium Policy (report of the HR Manager enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Executive Director Strategy and Governance and the Portfolio Holder Governance and Customer, which asked Panel member to consider a new Honorarium Policy.

 

South Holland District Council had an Honorarium Policy in place, which was last amended in June 2008.  The current policy only allowed an honorarium to be given if the post holder was undertaking the full duties of a higher graded post.  Human Resources practice was now that covering the full duties of another post was actually a secondment and was treated in that manner.  The new policy had been revised to ensure that it was fit for purpose and reflected the Council’s current and future workforce.

 

The following issues were raised:

 

·         Members questioned how the process could be fair and consistent across the whole Authority, as it was down to managers to nominate staff.

o   Officers advised that managers would need to submit an application form for each individual, and that this was considered by a Director and the Human Resources Board for consistency.  Individual officers could submit a formal or informal grievance if they wished.

 

·         Members commented that the policy was similar to those within the private sector.  With regard to a budget for the scheme, it was important that this would sufficient for the policy to operate effectively.

 

AGREED:

 

That the Honorarium Policy be recommended to full Council for approval.