Wages shock for SBC workers

THE chief executive of Scottish Borders Council admitted yesterday that an alignment of wage payment dates, whereby all 5,000 non-teaching staff are paid in advance on the same date – at the end of each month – has hit the take-home pay of some employees.

Tracey Logan was responding to an allegation that staff switching to the new pay date had been “double taxed” and that, as a result, their pay packets were light to the tune of up to £100.

She denied the double taxing claim and told us: “Deductions were made correctly in line with current legislation in respect of tax and national insurance. However, we do realise that for some staff this has had an impact on the overall amount they will be taking home.

“We are taking steps to address this and to support staff, and a staff communication on this matter will be sent out this [yesterday] afternoon.”