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Council employee steals £161,000 from two parish councils

04/07/2022

A woman has been sentenced to four years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to defrauding two parish councils in Oxfordshire.

Staffing crisis causing ‘irreparable damage’ to care sector

30/06/2022

NHS leaders have called for a care worker minimum wage of £10.50 an hour to prevent staff leaving the sector and causing long-term damage to the health system.

Seven in 10 councillors face abuse, survey reveals

30/06/2022

Council leaders are calling for a change in legislation to allow councillors to withhold their personal addresses as evidence of abuse and intimidation grows.

LGA Conference: Sector should consider offering four-day week

29/06/2022

Councils may have to consider offering a four-day week in order to attract the staff desperately needed by the sector, a workshop at the Local Government Association’s (LGA) annual conference has heard.

Council and unions agree ‘strong pay offer’ for lowest paid staff

22/06/2022

Surrey CC's lowest paid staff are set to receive a pay boost after unions and the council finalised a pay offer that sees pay increases on a sliding scale.

Coventry bin lorry drivers renew strike

08/06/2022

HGV drivers in Coventry have voted to renew their strike mandate and continue industrial action into the summer over a pay dispute with the city council.

Rugby waste and street cleaning strikes end with new pay deal

30/05/2022

Industrial action affecting Rugby Borough Council’s waste and street cleaning services is set to end today as the council and Unite reach an agreement.

Council chiefs warn of post-Brexit shortage of professional regulators

18/05/2022

Local authority leaders have urged the Government to do more to train staff to work in the regulatory system due to an increase in post-Brexit challenges.

Burnham will support Manchester Airport ‘any way we can’

06/04/2022

Mayor Burnham has attempted to reassure passengers stuck at Manchester Airport that the GMCA is working to ‘support them in any way we can’.

Unison calls for above-inflation pay rise for public sector

22/03/2022

The UK’s biggest union has called on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to fund an above-inflation pay rise for public sector workers.

Wiltshire Council proposes £10m staffing budget cut

03/02/2022

Wiltshire Council is proposing to cut £10m from its staffing budget over the next two years in response to a ‘challenging financial situation’.

Ex-councillor convicted for COVID loan fraud

20/12/2021

A former councillor and his wife have been convicted for trying to exploit COVID-19 business support grants.

North Northants Council to pay real living wage

07/10/2021

North Northamptonshire Council has announced that it will pay the real living wage because ‘it better reflects the cost of living.’

Scottish teachers declare formal dispute over ‘sub-inflationary’ pay offer

01/10/2021

Teachers in Scotland have declared a formal dispute over what they describe as a ‘sub-inflationary’ pay offer.

Cllr Richard Leese steps down as leader of Manchester City Council

08/09/2021

The leader of Manchester City Council, Cllr Richard Leese, has announced his intention to step down after a quarter of a century at the head of the council.

Long COVID - lessons for local government employers

30/07/2021

Sarah Gilzean explains why local government must set the standard for dealing with Long COVID in the workplace.

Council ‘outraged’ by Unite decision to continue bin strike

14/05/2021

Thurrock Council has said that it is ‘disappointed’ workers in the local authority’s waste and recycling department have decided to continue pay strike.

Council had 'truly toxic atmosphere,' tribunal hears

27/04/2021

The Hammersmith & Fulham LBC director at the centre of an unfair dismissal claim had been working in a ‘truly toxic atmosphere,’ an employment tribunal has heard.

Datagraphic: "Document automation the key to hybrid working"

23/04/2021

According to leading UK provider of secure end-to-end document automation solutions, Datagraphic, payroll was one of operations that needed to adapt most quickly during the pandemic.

How to reduce spending on temporary staff and boost employee engagement

25/02/2021

Scott Erwin calls on councils to adopt a ‘dynamic staffing’ model to combine the use of agency staff with more stable budgeting.

Council chiefs welcome £120m boost to social care workforce

18/01/2021

Local authority leaders have welcomed a multi-million-pound funding boost from the Government which is aimed at supporting the social care workforce.

The new cap on Public Sector Exit Payments

03/12/2020

Charles Pallot outlines the new Restrictions on Public Sector Exit Payments for local authorities and the clash with LGPS strain payments.

Advancing beyond ‘business as usual’

17/09/2020

Raj Krishnamurthy, CEO of Freespace, looks at the role workplace technology can play in helping councils deliver services during the Covid-19 crisis.

The key pandemic priorities for employers revealed

15/09/2020

Martin Shields, head of safety, health & environment at ODS, looks at the key pandemic priorities for employers.

Oldham Council asks staff to consider ‘voluntary redundancy’

21/08/2020

Oldham Council have announced that they are asking staff to consider voluntary redundancy in order to help the authority close a £30m funding gap.

Immigration plans branded an 'embarrassing shambles'

14/07/2020

The Government’s latest plans for post-Brexit immigration rules have been branded an ‘embarrassing shambles’ after they failed to include care workers.

Colchester Borough Council to furlough staff

07/05/2020

A council in Essex is set to furlough some of its staff in order to limit the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

'High risk' staff are being forced back, claims Unison

04/05/2020

Unison is demanding Milton Keynes Council steps back from what it says is a ‘rogue local plan’ to order staff in high risk categories back to work.

Re-write the rules of recruitment

15/04/2020

Anne-Marie Scott offers her predictions for public sector recruitment challenges for 2020 and asks, ‘how do we recruit the right candidates?’

Strategic workforce planning

09/03/2020

Michael Culshaw explains why local government needs a a strategic workforce plan whitepaper.

Developing a cohesive council workforce

19/02/2020

With council workers, increasingly being asked to deliver more with less, Alexander Carlton discusses the role of technology in creating a cohesive workforce.

Unions reject 'disappointing' 2% council pay offer

05/02/2020

Trade unions have rejected a 2% pay increase for council staff and called on employers to 'come up with a better offer'.

Newcastle first council to be named UK’s most LGBT inclusive employer

30/01/2020

Newcastle City Council has become the first local authority to claim the top spot of Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list.

Unions blast 'unnecessary' delay to council staff pay rise decision

23/01/2020

Trade unions have criticised employers for failing to make a pay offer to local government staff yet.

Union calls for Sanctuary Care homes to be brought ‘back in-house’

14/01/2020

Unite is urging councils who have contracts with Sanctuary Care to bring them ‘in-house’ after a criminal investigation was launched into one of its homes.

Council first in Northern Ireland to adopt ‘menopause policy’

08/01/2020

Derry Strabane Council has become the first local authority in Northern Ireland to adopt a ‘menopause policy’.

Councils thank ‘festive force’ of care workers

24/12/2019

Local authority leaders in London have thanked the 22,000 care workers who will be working on Christmas day this year.

Parish councillors call for childcare support

23/12/2019

Local councillors have urged the new Government to reform rules which prevent them from being able to claim childcare costs.

Former council employee who falsified air quality data convicted of fraud

20/12/2019

A former Waverley Borough Council employee has been given a suspended prison sentence for committing fraud after falsifying air quality data.

Council crematorium holds service with wrong body

16/12/2019

Coventry City Council has launched an investigation after a funeral service took place at a council-run crematorium with the wrong body.

Library strike ‘longest-running employment dispute of modern times’

13/11/2019

A strike by library workers in Bromley, south east London, is set to enter its sixth month.

Victims in the line of fire

24/10/2019

Local government monitoring officers are increasingly being caught in power struggles between senior officers and are becoming targets for politicians. How should the problem be tackled? Martin Ford reports

Government launches care recruitment drive

16/10/2019

The Department of Health and Social Care is set to launch the second phase of its advertising campaign to help fill 122,000 vacancies in social care.

Nearly £300,000 paid to member of public due to typing error

15/10/2019

A council has added a new checking procedure to its finance system after an error led to a member of the public being paid hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Council leader steps down to chair controversial tourism firm

15/10/2019

The leader of Wakefield Council, Cllr Peter Box, has announced that he is standing down following his appointment as chairman of an embattled tourism agency.

Shining the spotlight on local council whistleblowing

14/10/2019

Andy Shettle outlines how councils can create working environments where staff feel able to speak out about concerns surrounding misconduct.

Review launched into handling of alleged misconduct of senior council officers

09/10/2019

A review into the way alleged misconduct by senior council officers is investigated has been launched.

New management model with no chief approved

25/07/2019

Redcar and Cleveland BC hopes to save about £220,000 per year after scrapping its chief executive role as part of a new management model.

Unions set to propose 10% pay rise for council staff

17/07/2019

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.

EXCLUSIVE: Brum's Baxendale quits for New Zealand

10/07/2019

Birmingham CC chief executive Dawn Baxendale is departing to take up a new post at Christchurch City Council in New Zealand after just over a year in post.

Council staff receive millions in equal pay settlement

28/06/2019

Thousands of council workers have received their first equal pay settlements in Glasgow after the council finalised a funding deal with Legal & General.

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

18/06/2019

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.

Sleep-in care workers report unsuitable conditions

18/06/2019

Overnight care workers have reported being attacked at work and forced to sleep in offices, in a new survey conducted by Unison.

Councils invited to join design technique scheme

04/06/2019

Councils are being invited to join a scheme to help them use design techniques to improve the services they offer.

Capping exit payments in the public sector

07/05/2019

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

Council proposes random drug testing of staff

10/04/2019

West Lothian Council is considering introducing random drug testing for staff in posts defined as ‘safety critical’.

Cheshire East’s most senior financial executive resigns

09/04/2019

The chief operating officer at Cheshire East Council has resigned after a suspension lasting two years.

Dundee council workers threaten strike action

02/04/2019

Dundee City Council workers have voted in support of industrial action in response to local authority cuts.

Vicarious liability

02/04/2019

Helen Snow, senior associate in the employment team at Geldards LLP, looks at how to mitigate against the rogue employee.

Council to introduce alcohol and drug tests for staff

10/05/2018

A council in Northern Ireland could soon be introducing a new scheme to test employees for alcohol and drug use.

Council called out on bullying and harassment

30/01/2018

Cheshire East Council has a bullying and harassment problem, the Local Government Association (LGA) has concluded.

Council leaders demand end to pay cap

07/12/2017

Nearly 100 council leaders have written to the chancellor demanding extra funding for workers and an end to the public sector pay cap.

Labour Party suspends Slough leader

03/11/2017

Slough BC’s leader has been suspended from the Labour Party, amid criticism over his choice of permanent chief executive.

K&C chief steps down under pressure from Whitehall

22/06/2017

The chief executive of Kensington and Chelsea council has resigned amid fierce criticism over the borough's response to the Grenfell Tower fire disaster.

Councils sign HR shared service deal

02/08/2016

Two councils have agreed to extend cooperation with a new HR deal that will save both hundreds of thousands of pounds annually.

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