Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence and clarification of alternate members

Minutes:

There were no apologies received.

2.

Declarations of interests

Members are invited to declare at this stage of the meeting, the nature and existence of any relevant disclosable pecuniary or personal interests in the items on this agenda and to specify the item(s) to which they relate.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interests made by Members.

 

3.

Deputations (if any)

To hear any deputations received from members of the public in accordance with Standing Order 67.

Minutes:

There were no deputations received.

 

4.

Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 67 KB

To approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on Monday 20 January 2020 as a correct record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the previous meeting, held on Monday 20 January 2020, be approved as an accurate record.

 

5.

Matters arising (if any)

To consider any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting.

Minutes:

There were no matters arising.

 

6.

Gender, Ethnicity and Disability Pay Gap Report pdf icon PDF 87 KB

This report provides the Committee with information on Brent’s pay gaps relating to gender, ethnicity and disability and seeks approval to the related Action Plans, prior to publication of the data by 30 March 2020.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Martin Williams (Head of Human Resources) introduced the report from the Director of Legal, HR, Audit & Investigations providing the Committee with information on Brent’s Pay Gaps relating to gender, ethnicity and disability, prior to the Council publishing the data by 30 March 2020.

 

Members noted the breakdown provided within section 3 of the report in relation to the pay gap within Brent alongside the percentage of females, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) and disabled employees within each pay quartile and as a percentage of the overall workforce.  Whilst recognising the positive progress made the Committee noted that a number of additional priority actions had been identified in order to assist in tackling the pay gaps.  These had been detailed in the Pay Gap report circulated as Appendix 1 of the cover report and included:

 

·                monitoring of internal promotions and progressions by gender and ethnicity and extend to disability;

·                monitoring of new joiners’ starting salary for grades PO5 and above by gender and ethnicity and extend to disability;

·                continued promotion of management development, apprenticeships, mentoring programmes and disability awareness initiatives as a means to support and encourage career advancement amongst the gender, ethnicity and disability characteristic groups; and

·                continuing to encourage the disclosure of data amongst employees for better quality data which could more reliably be used for detailed analysis.

 

In response to a query raised, clarification was provided on the breakdown of the percentage figures provided in relation to the decrease in the mean but increase in median ethnicity pay gap, as detailed within the Ethnicity section of the detailed Pay Gap report.

 

Having welcomed the progress being made, it was RESOLVED:

 

(1)     To note the findings from the draft pay gap report for 2018/19, prior to its publication at the end of March.

 

(2)     To confirm and agree the proposed priority action plan for 2020/21, as set out in the Pay Gap report.

7.

Appointments to Sub-Committees / Outside Bodies

To consider any appointments needing to be made in relation to the Sub Committees appointed by the General Purposes Committee.

Minutes:

None

8.

Exclusion of Press and Public

There are currently no items listed on the agenda that will require the exclusion of the press and public.

Minutes:

There were no items that required the exclusion of the press or public.

9.

Any other urgent business

Notice of items to be raised under this heading must be given in writing to the Head of Executive and Member Services or his representative before the meeting in accordance with Standing Order 60.

Minutes:

None.