The lowest paid staff at Derbyshire County Council – including cleaners and lollipop ladies – could have their pay increased.
The proposals to move them to the increased Living Wage of £7.85 an hour will go to the council’s cabinet next week.
The cost would be £47,000 next year and a further £25,000 from traded services.
It comes as the council prepares to announce its ‘toughest ever year of cuts’ due to reductions in Government funding.
More cuts to services are anticipated with some being scrapped altogether.
The annual council tax charge will also be set at the meeting.