As part of the 2017-18 NICS pay settlement it was agreed that there would be a review of Fixed Rate Allowances. As members will recall allowances were up-rated by 1% with effect from 1 August 2018.
NIPSA have been involved in extensive negotiations over the last number of months in agreeing the Terms of Reference for the Review of Fixed Rate Allowances and also substantive negotiations on allowances.
I am attaching the Final Offer from the Management Side on the Review of Allowances. You will note that the percentage increase differs across the various allowances ranging from a 1% increase in Skills Type Allowance set out at Annex C to 20% for On-Call Allowances set out at Annex A with other rates of increases of 2% and 5% set out in Annex A1, B and C.
As members will be aware the 2018-19 pay claim was for 7% increase on all allowances and while for on-call allowances we have achieved in excess of our claim, we have not achieved that for other allowances. The Civil Service Group Executive Committee are committed to continue our fight for further increases in future years.
This final offer has been considered in detail by NIPSA's Civil Service Executive Committee and the Executive Committee are recommending reluctant acceptance on the basis that this is the best that can be achieved through negotiations.