The Localism Act 2011 requires local authorities to produce a Pay Policy Statement for each financial year. The aim of the statement is to increase accountability, transparency and fairness in the setting of local pay. A Pay Policy Statement was first developed and approved by Council in March 2012. As required by legislation, the Pay Policy Statement is reviewed at least annually, and then approved by full Council and published by 31st March. The Pay Policy Statement for 2017/18 was approved by full Council on 1st March 2017.