But how are cash strapped local authorities going to meet the potential bill of £2.8bn.
As some councils seek to equalise pay there are a new winners and losers including some women who are even receiving pay cuts.
Jenny Cuffe reports on the way different local authorities are coping with this challenge.
To learn more listen to File On 4, 2000 GMT, Tuesday 19 February 2008.
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