THE OFFERS ARE GOING TO BE DELAYED
NOT NOW 10TH MAY
Apparently my little ‘breaking news’ has caused some consternation and so the Unions have agreed we should release the statement now - so this is the agreed statement
”Joint Claimant STATEMENT Re Settlement Offer Timeline
The tax arrangements covering all equal pay settlements in Glasgow have to be approved by HMRC, i.e. 'The Taxman'.
Now this has been known for some time, but the volume of financial information included in the settlements has meant that the process with HMRC has not yet concluded. This means there will be an unavoidable delay in sending out letters of settlement to the Claimants.
We need to emphasise this is no one's 'fault' because the Claimants' Representatives and the Council have been working very closely together in recent months to process all the settlement data, against the background of a big influx of new Claimants.
As you would expect, the Claimants' Side and the Council are doing everything we can to assist HMRC to resolve the outstanding issues as quickly as possible.
The upshot is that settlement letters will now be issued by the end of May 2019, although the good news is that the Council have agreed to 'pull out the stops' to speed up the payment side of things - which means that settlement payments will still begin in June 2019.
The net effect is that while we have lost time at the front end of the process (in terms of letters going out) the plan is to ensure that settlement payments still start according to the original timetable of June 2019.
This will mean rearranging the roadshows. We will be sending out a weekly update throughout May and June so that you get more details as soon as they are confirmed. This is all the information that we are able to provide at this current time.
Believe me, I’m as upset about this as you are. However, we have been given strong commitments by GCC that the end result- that’s the date you getting your money, will be the same. IN JUNE
I would have liked to have given you a new date for the offers being sent but we didn’t want to do this until we were sure that this wouldn’t happen again. Hence the agreement to update you weekly.
We will also confirm the roadshow and drop in centre details when we have new dates.