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Living wage boost would benefit hundreds of thousands of council staff


Workers stand to gain from politicians' pledges to increase the National Living Wage.

Council staff urged to take part in future of work survey


Local government workers have been invited to take part in a new survey on the future of work.

Formal dispute opened by union at Northamptonshire


A trade union has lodged a dispute with Northamptonshire CC.

In a nutshell: the 2020-21 local government pay claim


Mark Whitehead explores the context behind the union's bid for a 10% pay increase for council staff.

Unions set to propose 10% pay rise for council staff


Better work-life balance and support for mental health are likely to be elements in a pay claim being agreed by local government unions, LocalGov can reveal.

Northern Ireland council staff sickness at highest level in nearly 30 years


Sick leave at Northern Ireland councils is at its highest level since 1990, with nearly 15 days lost per employee a year, auditors have warned.

Care workers suffer from 6,000 violent attacks


Care workers suffered more than 6,000 violent attacks resulting in serious injuries during the last five years, shocking new figures have shown.

Study sets out how best to empower electoral officials


Organisations running elections do better when they tackle stress among their employees, according to academics.

CEOs in local government the least trusted, research shows


Top bosses in local and national government are the least trusted by their employees, according to new research.

Helping to tackle bullying and harassment


Sylvia Sage outlines how councils can tackle inappropriate behaviour in the workplace.

South Ribble Council chief executive placed on ‘special leave’


The chief executive of South Ribble Council and her two deputies has been put on ‘special leave’ until further notice, the local authority has confirmed.

Capping exit payments in the public sector


Kim Howell explores how the ongoing uncertainty about the proposed cap on exit payments should be managed by employers in local government.

Understanding absenteeism and presenteeism in local government


Has local government found the cure for its absenteeism issues? Louise Chapman reports.

Treasury moves to ban six-figure ‘golden goodbyes’ in local government


The Government has launched a consultation into ending six-figure ‘golden goodbyes’ for public sector staff.

Local government employment at ‘record low’


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

How digitisation will put the human into HR


Simon Fowler explains about how local government employee engagement can be supercharged by HR professionals learning to harness data and technology.

Sexual harassment is everyone's problem, not just the rich and powerful


Is local government failing to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace? Mark Whitehead investigates.

Council staff should be better protected against sexual harassment


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

Ashford BC offers £3,000 bursary to undergraduates


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.

Councils to save £90,000 by sharing top staff


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough councils have announced plans to share more of their top personnel in order to make efficiency savings.

Redundancy of Bournemouth council boss to cost £475,000


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.

We need to give more attention to our middle management and frontline teams


If we want to land changes across our organisations then we have to take people on the journey says Danny Longbottom.

'Fairytale of New York' most loved song of local government


Local government leaders enjoy ‘place-based’ Christmas songs, think tank concludes, as nearly half select The Pogues’ classic as their favourite.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2018


From council pay rises to troubled outsourcing firms, here is our countdown of the 100 most popular stories on LocalGov during 2018.

Over 28,000 council jobs cut in Wales


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

Council scraps plans to force staff to take unpaid leave


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

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


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.

Hopes emerge as talks resume following Glasgow strike


Mark Whitehead explores what led thousands of council staff to strike in Glasgow this week.

Council staff to strike over equal pay claims


Thousands of women at one of the UK's biggest councils are set to walk out on strike for two days this week over equal pay.

Local government workers: an uncertain future


With some councils forcing staff to take unpaid holiday leave in an effort to save money, Mark Whitehead explores what impact this will have on the workforce.

Number of social services staff in Wales drops for 11th year in a row


The number of staff in council social services departments in Wales has fallen by almost a quarter in the last 11 years, according to the latest figures.

Payday loans or credit unions?


With councils being urged to provide payday loans to their staff through payroll systems, Mark Whitehead considers if this is a better option than using existing schemes like credit unions.

Public sector workers doing '40 million hours of unpaid overtime'


Support staff in the public sector are doing more than 40 million hours of unpaid overtime a year, according to local government union Unison.

Council staff urged to reject 3% pay increase in Scotland


Unison is calling on its local government members to reject the new offer of a 3% pay rise.

Council offers ‘additional’ paid leave after premature births


South Ayrshire Council employees with children who receive hospital care following a premature birth are being given additional paid maternity and paternity leave.

Staff churn in local government - an unsustainable reality


Garry Nelson explains how councils can improve effective talent acquisition, retention and development programmes.

Council staff drop multi-million legal claims against Birmingham City Council


A multi-million pound raft of legal claims over sex discrimination have been dropped by Birmingham City Council workers without explanation.

A cry for help?


With a survey suggesting half of council workers are considering quitting their jobs, Mark Whitehead considers how important it is for managers to ease the fears of the local government workforce.

Half of council staff considering quitting their job, survey finds


Half of council workers are thinking of leaving their job for less stressful work elsewhere, according to a new survey by trade union Unison.

Gender pay gap: what next for councils?


Mark Whitehead finds out why two London councils have signed up to a new scheme to help women climb the career ladder.

A clash of cultures?


Mark Whitehead considers if the local government workplace has suffered due to councils adopting a more market-friendly approach.

Council to take pay dispute to Supreme Court


Nottingham City Council is to take a dispute with its staff over incremental pay rises to the Supreme Court.

Report calls for a bespoke workforce deal with the EU


Only a bespoke workforce deal with the EU would allow the public sector to recruit top-end talent as well as sufficient numbers of skilled workers and lower-skilled staff, according to finance chiefs.

Council's pay freeze is ruled unlawful by Court of Appeal


Nottingham City Council was wrong to impose a freeze on incremental pay rises, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Scottish council staff urged to reject ‘unacceptable’ pay offer


A Scottish trade union has urged its members to reject the offer of a pay increase up to 3%.

More than 2,000 council staff earn over £100,000


More than 2,300 council employees were paid more than £100,000 in 2016-17, according to the latest ‘town hall rich list’.

Unison accepts 2% pay rise for local government staff


A two-year pay deal for more than one million local government workers looks likely to go ahead after the biggest of the three unions involved decided to accept it.

Gender pay gap data - treat with caution


Mark Whitehead explains why the new gender pay gap figures reveal a somewhat more mixed picture of what is actually going on.

Early figures suggest men earn 6% more than women in local government


Men in local government earn on average 6% per hour more than women according to the latest data being collected by the Government.

Council chiefs have 'low confidence' in delivering statutory services


Council bosses have warned they do not have the adequate powers and resources to deliver statutory services in a new survey.

Scottish council staff sceptical about country’s digital progress


Less than half of local government workers in Scotland believe it will become a digital nation by 2020.

Research highlights lack of male staff in council nurseries


New figures have revealed that only 5% of staff in the Early Years sector are male, leading to calls to 'widen the talent pool'.

Council gives staff option to wear gender ID bagdes


Staff at Brighton & Hove City Council will be issued with voluntary badges so they can display their chosen gender identity.

Five recruitment trends in local government


Jes Ladva argues that local authorities are embracing genuine transformation in recruitment as the austerity freeze continues.

County at ‘crisis point’ announces revised budget


Northamptonshire County Council has announced revised budget savings after being warned by auditors to revise its spending plans.

Leader of Brighton and Hove City Council resigns


The leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, Warren Morgan, has resigned.

Councils call for funding to pay for future pay rises


Scottish council leaders are pressing Holyrood for additional resources and clarity over local government pay.

Council faces legal action over outstanding equal pay awards


Fife Council is facing fresh legal proceedings over the non-payment of equal pay awards, a trade union has warned.

LGBT - Routes to inclusion in local authorities


How did Newcastle become the best council for LGBT staff to work for? Mark Whitehead finds out more.

Newcastle named best council for LGBT staff


Newcastle City Council is the best council for LGBT employees to work for, according to the latest results of Stonewall’s annual review.

A better pay deal for local government?


With all three unions rejecting the pay offer to local government staff, just what chance do they have of winning more money for council workers? Mark Whitehead explores.

Unison narrowly rejects pay offer to council staff


The union with the biggest membership among local government workers has voted to reject the 2% pay offer made by the employers late last year.

Council offers voluntary redundancy to its staff


All non-teaching staff at Shropshire Council have been offered the chance to take voluntary redundancy in a bid to plug a funding gap of more than £59m.

Council workers protesting ‘outrageous’ withdrawal of free parking passes


Hull City Council employees are staging a demonstration today over the council’s decision to withdraw their free parking passes.

Newcastle to transfer 200 council workers to Northumberland under merger plans


Newcastle City Council has approved plans to transfer staff to Northumberland County Council as part of plans to share transactional services.

Unions call for 6.5% pay increase for Scottish council workers


Trade unions representing local government workers across Scotland have called for a 6.5% pay rise for Scottish council workers.

Union urges council staff to reject pay offer


A trade union is calling on local government members to reject the offer of a 2% pay rise this year.

Returning to work


Catherine Kift explains how councils can help more people back into work after a career break or retirement.

Councils urged to adopt a ‘changemaking’ approach


A think tank has warned that a radical cultural shift is needed in local government rather than the rigid redesign of structures.

Council introduces extra leave for parents of premature babies


Waltham Forest Council has announced it will offer extra maternity and paternity leave to all staff who become parents of premature babies.

Local government staff recognised in New Year's Honours list


Social services directors featured prominently in this year’s New Year’s Honours List.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2017


From council pay to the Housing White Paper, here is a run-down of the 100 most popular stories on LocalGov during 2017.

Unions make 5% pay increase claim for local government craft workers


Unions have submitted a pay claim for increases of at least 5% for local government craft workers who mainly carry out housing and maintenance work.

Why are we here?


An increased drive for commercialism is forcing many council chiefs to re-assess the fundamental role of local authorities in an age of austerity. Rod Penman reports.

A 2% pay rise will help retain hard-pressed staff


Councils want to pay staff more, but they can only afford 2%, writes Heather Jameson.

Half the cost of a 5% pay rise for council staff would be offset in tax, says union


Half the cost of a pay claim for council workers would be offset by increased taxes and other factors, according to local government unions.

Councils accused of paying out ‘excessive’ mileage allowances


A new investigation by the TaxPayers’ Alliance has found 38% of councils are paying staff more than the HMRC approved rate for mileage payments.

Accomplice of London Tube bomber is sacked from council job


Southwark Council has undertaken a review of its procedures after a woman who helped a would-be suicide bomber escape managed to secure a job at the authority.

Council warns it may have to bring in mandatory unpaid leave


A council has warned staff that it may have to introduce one days’ mandatory unpaid leave in order to deal with ‘severe financial pressures’.

Birmingham leader resigns from council


The leader of Birmingham City Council, John Clancy, has stepped down amid growing pressure from the media and central government.

Thousands of council staff in Glasgow win equal pay ruling


Glasgow City Council will look into making payments to potentially thousands of women workers after a court ruling suggested that the council might have been paying them less than their male colleagues.

Long-running bin strike in Birmingham is called off


The seven-week bin strike in Birmingham has been suspended after trade union Unite agreed to further negotiations with the council.

Council staff 'standing in the way of new technology' finds survey


More than a third of local government staff believe their colleagues are standing in the way of new technology, according to a new survey.

Council leader steps down after Grenfell fire


The leader of Kensington & Chelsea council resigned on Friday citing his ‘perceived failings’ in the aftermath of the Grenfell tragedy as the reason.

Local government figures honoured by the Queen


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Half of London councils failing to implement a Bring Your Own Device Policy


New research has revealed that half of London councils do not have an official Bring Your Own Device (BOYD) in place.

Unions call for 5% pay increase for council staff


Local government workers should be given a 5% pay rise following eight years of government-imposed pay restraint, trade unions have argued.

1,300 jobs are saved after charity goes into administration


Over ,1000 jobs have been saved after a drug and alcohol abuse charity went into administration due to ‘unsustainable financial pressure’.

Half of public sector workers take time off due to poor mental health


Nearly half of public sector workers have taken time off work due to mental health problems, compared to 32% of private sector staff, a new survey has revealed.

Podcast: The thinker who became a doer


As part of The MJ/Public Intelligence Leadership podcast series, Dr Barry Quirk explains his start in local government and how the landscape has changed during his long career. Heather Jameson reports.

More than 2,000 senior council staff paid six-figure sums, finds research


More than 2,000 council workers earn more than £100,000 a year, according to the latest ‘town hall rich list’.

GMB Scotland votes to accept local authority pay deal


Trade union members have voted to accept this year’s offer on local authority pay in Scotland.

Staff win employment tribunal against Brighton Council


Museum workers at Brighton and Hove Council have won their case that reductions in their pay before the end of the agreed protection period were unlawful.

How can you help your local workforce succeed?


Associate director for work and families at the IPPR think-tank, Clare McNeil, answers the key question.

Nearly 150,000 care and health jobs at risk due to Brexit says TUC


Nearly 150,000 adult social care and NHS jobs could be at risk if EU workers would no longer be able to stay in the UK after Brexit, new analysis has revealed.

More than half of councils equip staff with body cameras


Local authorities have spent nearly £1.8m equipping staff or contractors with body cameras, according to new report from campaign group Big Brother watch.

Birmingham chief executive announces resignation


The chief executive of Birmingham City Council has announced he is moving on after being part of the council’s ‘challenging journey of improvement and reform’.

Councils without BYOD policy 'risk data leakage'


Local authorities are putting data at risk by not implementing a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) policy, analysts warn.

End election payments to council bosses says MSPs


Extra payments for senior council officers to administer elections should be abolished, a report has said today.

Leicestershire top council for LGBT staff finds index


Leicestershire County Council is the best local government employee for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff, according to the results of Stonewall’s annual index.

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