Lib Dems slate council pay deal

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A COUNCIL pay deal could cost jobs and is too generous, according to the opposition party.

The agreement by Durham County Council would lead to a cut in wages for 1,800 workers, a rise for 2,500 and no change for 4,600, with an extra £6.7million to be added to the wage bill.

Workers’ car allowance will go from 52p to 48p a mile, and staff will get 26 days holiday a year, rising to 31 days after five years service.

The Labour-led authority’s deputy leader Alan Napier has said the deal is fair, but the Liberal Democrats claim is too generous and could lead to the loss of 80 jobs.