I propose to take Questions Nos. 455 and 456 together.
The benchmarking increases are payable to all local authority staff in the grades examined by the Public Service Benchmarking Body. In addition, measures are payable under the parallel benchmarking processes for local authority craft-workers and for general operatives employed by the local authorities outside Dublin, and to other local authority grades with an established relationship with the grades examined. No distinction is made between temporary and permanent staff.
Payment of the benchmarking awards is conditional on verified satisfactory progress on a programme of flexibility, modernisation and change issues and on the maintenance of stable industrial relations. In effect, where such conditions are complied with, local authorities would be obliged to make the payments.