The City Chambers and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum are to be sold to pay for the final settlement of Glasgow’s equal pay claims.

The first round of equal pay settlements, three years ago, left a gap for further claims to be submitted and potentially others until a new pay and grading system is put in place.

Another £270m is needed to settle all the claims and the venues in the deal have been valued at £200m.

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To fund the payouts the council is selling the City Chambers, Kelvingrove, the Kelvin Hall, Gallery of Modern Art and two new schools to council-owned City Property and will lease them back for an annual cost.

The council said the buildings remain in the city's ownership and that there will be no change to the operation of the museums, City Chambers or schools.

In 2019 the council did a similar, larger deal to fund around £500m  deal for the first batch of equal pay deal for 15,000 workers, mostly women, including a sale and lease back on facilities including the Armadillo, the City Halls and Scotstoun stadium.

The 2019 deal was financed through a sale-and-lease-back arrangement, with wholly-owned arm’s-length company City Property Glasgow Investments LLP borrowing to purchase a portfolio of operational buildings from the Council, then leasing them back.

A similar deal is planned for the latest round of settlements.

Elaine Galletley, director of finance, said in a report to councillors: “All operational activity carried out at these establishments will continue as normal and will not be affected by the sale and leaseback proposals.

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Labour group leader George Redmond said he was concerned about the valuations.

He said the City Chambers was being valued at £18m, adding: “There would be a queue to buy that at the valuation.”

He added: “I wouldn’t like the City Chambers to be part of the  deal given the emotional attachment people in the city have with it.”

Susan Aitken, leader of the council, said: “Kelvingrove and the Kelvin Hall are also extremely close to Glaswegians as were many in the first tranche.

“The fact these buildings up shows the seriousness, the commitment we have made to see this through to the end.

“We knew in 2019 there would be another phase to cover the gap period.

“We have always understood we would need to go through it again.

“This option for raising money in this way isn’t available for us in future if we wanted to raise funding for other purposes.”

She added: “It’s a big deal. there is no question of that but this is the price, the cost of past discrimination and to ensure future discrimination is rooted out from pay and grading systems."

She added:  “Raising these kinds of sums is exceptionally challenging – and the high-profile properties involved, particularly in this second tranche, illustrates that.

“However, the city’s historic failures on equal pay come at a price – and releasing the potential of our property, while keeping it in the city’s ownership, at least protects services and the future of these valued assets.”

Redmond said Labour would support it.

He said: “Let’s get on with it, let’s get it settled.”