Gender pay gap

Council branded 'feeble' as pay gap doubles

Wokingham Borough Council offices

Campaigners have branded a council's efforts to close the gender pay gap as "feeble" after it emerged the disparity between the wages earned by male and female employees have more than doubled in the last two years.

The 15.2% gap at Wokingham Borough Council is now more than double the national average of 6.8%.

The authority has committed to improving its pay gap by 1% every year for the next three years.

Louise Timlin, from the Women’s Equality Party's local branch, called the plan "a feeble effort" and described the pay gap as "shocking".

Although the gap has increased, Wokingham is still faring better than Bracknell Forest and West Berkshire who have a difference in pay between men and women of 18.2% and 19.5%, respectively.

Neighbouring councils in Reading and Windsor & Maidenhead are below the average at 5% - while Slough's is the lowest in Berkshire at 3.1%.

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