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APPENDIX II to the minute of meeting of the Personnel and Property Services Committee of 29 August 2000 (Article 19(c) refers)

MINUTE of MEETING of the SOUNDING BOARD of the PERSONNEL AND PROPERTY SERVICES COMMITTEE held in the Committee Room, 7 The Cross, Forfar on Tuesday 8 August 2000 at 3.00 pm

Present: Councillors BILL MIDDLETON, ROB MURRAY, PETER MURPHY and ALISTAIR GRAY.

Apology: An apology for absence was intimated on behalf of Councillor Alex King.

Councillor BILL MIDDLETON, Convener, in the Chair.

1. MINUTE OF PREVIOUS MEETING

The minute of meeting of the Sounding Board of 17 February 2000 was approved as a correct record.

2. EXCLUSION OF PUBLIC AND PRESS

The Sounding Board resolved, in terms of Standing Order 27(2), that the public and press be excluded during consideration of the following item so as to avoid the disclosure of information which was exempt in terms of Part 1 of Schedule 7A to the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973, Paragraph 11.

3. CAR ALLOWANCES/SUBSISTENCE ALLOWANCES

There was submitted Report No 814/00 by the Director of Personnel recommending a response to COSLA on various options in respect of car and subsistence allowances which would be the subject of negotiations with trade unions for incorporation into the Single Status Agreement. COSLA had requested a response by no later than 11 August 2000.

The Report indicated that four options had been outlined in respect of car allowances with two suggested in respect of subsistence allowances.

The Sounding Board agreed that the Director of Personnel be authorised to respond to COSLA indicating that option C as detailed in the Report, was preferred in respect of car allowances which would give the Council the opportunity to apply Inland Revenue rates or alternatively, a higher level should they choose.

With regard to subsistence allowances, it was agreed that option A be preferred as this would give the Council maximum flexibility in respect of reaching an agreement on subsistence allowances locally, it having been noted that potential savings of £70,000 per annum might be generated if this option was taken up.

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