In the Business Case/Report you should summarise the trades unions response/reaction to proposals and the reasons why any alternative proposals have been rejected. Where the trades unions disagree with the final proposals and wish to provide written comments, these comments should be appended.

If committee approval is required, arrange for business case/report to be placed on next available committee agenda and ensure that it is submitted to Democratic Services by the specified deadline at the request of a trades union, attaching to the report their written comments if they disagree with the proposals.

Business cases that include proposals which amend or increase the agreed establishment will require Committee approval. This equally applies to reports that propose creating a new policy, or significant amendments to an existing policy. However, reports that propose “refinements” to existing policies will be dealt with at CMT level without the need for committee approval.

For local arrangements affecting teachers conditions of employment, these need to be agreed by the Local Negotiating Committee for Teachers (LNCT) before they can be presented to the Policy and Strategy Committee (Education) for approval.

When targeting the Committee at which to present proposals, cognisance will be taken of

  • the time required to consult trades unions and the workforce, which needs to be concluded before a business case or report is prepared for committee
  • the need to seek agreement of the proposals at the Local Negotiating Committee for Teachers (LNCT) where they affect teachers conditions of Employment
  • the date of the “pre-agenda” meeting with Elected Members
  • the deadline for submitting papers to Democratic Services (by which time all of the above must have been completed)


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