Human Resources

Council employees balloted for strike action

15/04/2019
Newham council workers are threatening the council with strike action after the authority proposed a new pay structure that would lead to cuts.

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Police investigate after council workers lock a body in apartment

29/03/2019

A Scottish council has said it is supporting the police in their investigations after the body of Michael Stewart was locked into his apartment in Aberdeen.

Senior director resigns amid speculation of suspension

27/03/2019

A senior director at Aberdeen City Council has resigned, the local authority has confirmed.

Holyrood publishes guidance to help support young people with additional needs

27/03/2019

Councils in Scotland are being given extra help to improve its 'world-leading' education for young people with additional support needs.

Local government employment at ‘record low’

20/03/2019

The number of people employed in the local government sector has plummeted to a ‘new record low’, data reveals.

Scottish councils ‘lack diversity’, report reveals

11/03/2019

Women and ethnic minorities are underrepresented at the local level in Scotland and many face harassment, an equalities study has revealed.

Deputy mayor suspended from Labour after abuse allegations

08/03/2019

The deputy lord mayor of Oxford City Council has been suspended from the local authority’s Labour Group due to an allegation of domestic abuse.

Council accused of ‘negligence’ over Parsons Green bomber

08/03/2019

Surrey has been accused of ‘negligence’ by the foster parents of the Parsons Green bomber who claim the authority failed to warn them he had been radicalised.

Council offers extra paid leave to staff who suffer from domestic abuse

08/03/2019

Staff at an east London council who suffer from domestic abuse are to be given 10 days paid leave to tackle the problem.

Anti-litter firm ends council contract amid accusations of ‘aggressive tactics'

08/03/2019

An anti-litter firm has ended its contract with Wirral Council after accusations of 'underhand and aggressive tactics'.

Scottish councils ‘delighted’ at new pay deal with unions

05/03/2019

Council workers have welcomed a new pay deal that is set to deliver cost of living increases over the next few years after a decade of stagnating wages.

Birmingham refuse strike called off

04/03/2019

Unions called off a planned strike by refuse collectors in Birmingham today after the city council lost a bid to have the action declared illegal.

Council officer fined nearly £700 for data breach

28/02/2019

A former council officer has been fined hundreds of pounds after he emailed confidential information to his partner to help her in a job interview.

Birmingham to axe over 1,000 jobs due to ‘brutal’ Whitehall cuts

27/02/2019

Britain's biggest council says it is facing 'the most challenging period its history' after announcing a further round of huge cuts in its workforce.

Teaching union rejects pay offer from councils

22/02/2019

The 9% pay increase offered to teachers in Scotland has been rejected by members of trade union EIS.

Council apologises for evicting anti-abortion charity

20/02/2019

Lambeth Council have paid £5,000 in damages to an anti-abortion charity after evicting its volunteers and staff from an event in the London borough last year.

Council staff should be better protected against sexual harassment

18/02/2019

Council staff should have better protection against unwelcome advances by people using public services, Unison has warned.

Auditors call for Welsh councils to make scrutiny ‘fit for the future’

12/02/2019

Auditors in Wales have outlined the six steps that Welsh councils need to take in order to improve overview and scrutiny functions.

Scottish council to cut 150 jobs

08/02/2019

Aberdeenshire Council is considering cutting up to 150 jobs over the next year in a bid to make savings.

Union seeks injunction against Birmingham in long-running bin dispute

07/02/2019

Unite is taking high court legal action against Birmingham City Council for operating refuse vehicles without safety critical role.

Half of councils failing to ensure care workers are paid travel time

30/01/2019

More than half of councils across England and Wales are failing to ensure homecare companies pay their staff for travel time, new research has revealed.

County council pays out nearly £7m in redundancy packages

29/01/2019

Essex County Council has paid £8.6m on redundancies as part of its efforts to ‘streamline’ the local authority’s operations.

Newcastle named best council for LGBT staff

21/01/2019

Newcastle City Council is the best local authority for LGBT staff inclusion, according to Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers 2018.

Glasgow agrees equal pay deal to end long-running dispute

17/01/2019

Glasgow City Council has struck an agreement in principle to resolve historical claims for unequal pay.

Early years workers ‘struggling financially'

17/01/2019

Childcare workers are struggling financially and many are forced to claim state benefits, an education think tank has found.

Ashford BC offers £3,000 bursary to undergraduates

14/01/2019

A Kent council has approved the introduction of an undergraduate work placement and bursary scheme - the first of its kind amongst local authorities in the county.

Outsourced council workers to have pensions protected

10/01/2019

Local government staff who have had their roles outsourced will receive increased pensions protections under new proposals published today.

Redundancy of Bournemouth council boss to cost £475,000

09/01/2019

The redundancy of Bournemouth Borough Council’s managing director will cost the council around £475,000 as part of the merger of Dorset’s councils.

Hinds announces £45m to train children’s social workers

08/01/2019

The education secretary today announced the Government would fund the training of an extra 900 children’s social workers.

New Homes England board member appointed

20/12/2018

Communities secretary James Brokenshire yesterday appointed a new member to the Homes England board.

Anderson quits Northern Powerhouse Partnership in frustration

10/12/2018

Former chancellor George Osborne has voiced sympathy with Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson’s decision to quit the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

Shortage of social care workers to reach 290,000 by 2030, says report

06/12/2018

NHS figures show that in the last two years two million hospital beds were unnecessarily occupied because of a shortage of social care to support patients ready to be discharged, according to management consultants.

Over 28,000 council jobs cut in Wales

27/11/2018

More than 28,000 local authority jobs have been lost in Wales as a result of Whitehall spending cuts, a union has revealed.

Five million workers benefit from National Living Wage

27/11/2018

Up to five million workers benefited from the National Living Wage (NLW) this year, according to a new pay analysis.

Council reduces workforce by 138 to balance budget

26/11/2018

Over 130 Bath and North East Somerset Council workers have been made redundant at a cost to the council of £4.75m.

Council scraps plans to force staff to take unpaid leave

19/11/2018

Somerset County Council has backed down over a plan force staff to take two days unpaid leave over Christmas.

City council to cut 100 jobs to balance budget

12/11/2018

Newcastle City Council has announced the job loses as part of a series of measures to save £60m over the next three years.

Shropshire Council staff told to work from home ‘one day a month’

09/11/2018

Staff at Shropshire Council have been told they must work from home one day a month as the authority struggles to get a grip on its finances.

Council pay offer rejected as union moves towards strike action

09/11/2018

The 3% pay offer for council workers in Scotland has been rejected by members of Unison Scotland.

Council signs £65m deal with Capita

08/11/2018

Westminster City Council has renewed its contract with Capita in a deal worth around £65m over a decade.

Councillors of the year revealed

07/11/2018

Cllr Roger Lawrence of the City of Wolverhampton Council has been named leader of the year in the 2018 Councillor Achievement Awards.

County invites staff to apply for voluntary redundancy

05/11/2018

Worcestershire County Council has has invited staff to apply for voluntary redundancy scheme in the midst of a crisis in spending on care.

Greenwich council staff receive payouts after holiday pay ‘miscalculation’

01/11/2018

Around 5,000 women in schools and nurseries across Greenwich have received payouts from the council following a five year legal battle over holiday pay.

Social workers face ‘chronically poor’ working conditions

30/10/2018

Almost half of carers responding to a poll report they want to leave their jobs due to ‘chronically poor’ working conditions.

Council pension fund forum calls for Ryanair chair to step down

29/10/2018

An association of council pension funds has called for the replacement of Ryanair’s chair and has urged Michael O’Leary to set out his succession plans.

Glasgow and unions agree meetings to resolve dispute

26/10/2018

Talks following the two-day strike by more than 8,000 women in Glasgow this week were described as positive and constructive by both sides.

Council workers borrowing money to cope with low pay

25/10/2018

Council staff are being forced to rely on credit cards, pawn possessions and borrow money from friends and family due to low pay, a new survey has revealed.

Glasgow CC offers ‘olive branch’ in equal pay row

25/10/2018

Talks were taking place today in a bid to settle the equal pay row that led to a two-day strike by more than 8,000 women in Glasgow this week.

Equal pay strike closes council facilities and hundreds of schools

24/10/2018

Unions were today claiming the strike by 8,000 women staff in Glasgow over equal pay was solid and council facilities had shut down as other workers refused to cross picket lines.

Breaking: Council affected by secondary strike action

23/10/2018

The strike by 8,000 women staff in Glasgow over equal pay appeared to be escalating on day one as more workers downed tools to show their support.

Council strike over equal pay goes ahead

23/10/2018

One of the biggest strikes in the UK over equal pay went ahead this morning as thousands of women walked out in the dispute with Glasgow City Council.

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