Report: Equal pay

To be published autumn 2017 by Accounts Commission

Equal pay is a substantial issue across local government in Scotland. At March 2015, Scottish councils had paid £605 million to employees in equal pay compensation and estimated that about 30,000 equal pay cases remained outstanding.  This audit will focus on the implementation of the ‘Single Status Agreement’ in Scottish councils, including: scrutinising how councils have addressed equal pay claims; assessing their approaches to on-going equal pay issues; and considering how lessons learned can be applied to other challenges facing local government and the wider public sector. 

The audit is being carried out on behalf of the Accounts Commission, which operates impartially and independently of councils and of the Scottish Government.

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