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LGA announces 2024/25 Sector Support programme


The Local Government Association (LGA) has announced the 2024/25 Sector Support programme to help councils ‘deliver critical services to communities.’

Oxford’s workforce issues a ‘significant risk’


High staff turnover and difficulty recruiting at Oxford City Council could affect staff morale, wellbeing and absence and ultimately impact service delivery, a report has found.

Dorset Council sets up recruitment firm


Dorset Council has launched a recruitment company to help fill temporary roles.

Transparency calls over monitoring officer departure


Salford CC's opposition leader has called for transparency over a settlement agreement The MJ understands was paid to its departing monitoring officer.

LGA calls for powers to withhold members’ address


Council leaders have repeated their call for legislation enabling councils to withhold councillors' home addresses amid fears of abuse and intimidation.

Oflog chair steps down due to ‘unexpected health reasons’


Interim chair of the Office for Local Government (Oflog), Lord Morse, has announced he will be stepping down at the end of March due to ‘health reasons’.

Council to appeal £4.6m employment tribunal payout


Hammersmith & Fulham LBC has said it will appeal the tribunal’s decision to award a record £4.6m to an employee who was dismissed while on sick leave.

Ex-Conservative councillor faced discrimination by local party


A former Conservative councillor faced discrimination on the basis of his Muslim faith or Pakistani background, a confidential report has revealed.

Breaking: Brum chief exec steps down


Birmingham City Council chief executive, Deborah Cadman, has announced her intention to stand down after three years in charge.

Shropshire Council staff offered voluntary redundancy


Staff at Shropshire Council have been offered voluntary redundancy as part of the local authority's plans to lose 300 full time jobs.

Long-serving council leader to step down


Sutton council leader Ruth Dombey, one of the longest-serving council leaders in the UK, has announced her intentions to step down.

Leader of cash-strapped Notts council to step down


The leader of financially stricken Nottingham City Council has announced he is stepping down in May.

Surrey apologises for £30m payroll problem


Surrey County Council has apologised after a problem with their new £30m payroll system left staff out of pocket.

Drive to tackle planning officer shortage ‘crisis’


The Government is supporting a push to address the nationwide shortage of planning enforcement officers.

Future of four-day week in limbo


South Cambridgeshire councillors have been advised to continue the authority’s four-day week trial until the Government offers more detail on plans to ‘disincentivise’ the practice.

Sector should adopt national branding campaign to boost workforce


Local government should adopt a national branding campaign to recruit and retain staff amid a worsening workforce crisis, the County Councils’ Network has urged.

Council officer hands police file on £1m pay-outs


A file relating to allegedly unlawful exit payments to managers at Northumberland County Council has been handed to police, Northumbria Police has confirmed.

Migrant care worker family ban ‘reckless’, union says


The Government’s decision to ban migrant care workers from bringing family over to join them in England could ‘spell disaster for social care’, union warns.

DLUHC claims four-day week council saw spike in agency staff


South Cambridgeshire DC’s controversial four-day week trial is under fresh scrutiny after data revealed a spike in agency work and opponents challenged costs.

Council set to halve sick pay


Southend Council is planning to halve the amount of sick pay given to staff in a move Unison has described as ‘callous’.

Fitness instructors flex muscles in pay dispute


Council-employed yoga, aerobics and Pilates instructors in Colchester are voting on strike action after nearly a decade without a pay rise, says Unison.

Study reveals ‘worrying’ state of local government leadership


Just over half of council leaders and managers believe their local authority isn’t ensuring accountability for failure, an alarming new study has revealed.

Brum considers axing 600 jobs


Birmingham City Council could be forced to axe hundreds of jobs as the struggling local authority attempts to balance its books.

Sefton council to get first female leader


Sefton Borough Council will be led by a woman for the first time since it was established 50 years ago.

Tribunal rules against council in discrimination case


Westminster has apologised following ruling the borough had discriminated against social worker Rachel Meade after complaints about gender critical beliefs.

Suffolk council potentially facing ‘hundreds of job losses’


Plans to save Suffolk County Council £11m by restructuring its workforce could result in ‘hundreds of job losses’, Unison has warned.

Bradford Council to cut more than 100 jobs


Bradford Council is set to cut 113 jobs as part of an initiative to find £40m in the next three years in an effort to avoid declaring effective bankruptcy.

Cash-strapped Derbyshire council to move from historic HQ


Derbyshire County Council is planning to move from its headquarters in Matlock to a smaller office in a bid to tackle a £33m overspend.

LGA appoints new chief exec


Surrey County Council boss Joanna Killian has been appointed as the new chief executive of the Local Government Association (LGA).

'Unacceptable culture' at East Devon


An auditor heard bullying allegations among evidence that ‘cultural issues’ at East Devon DC saw officers leave and members decide not to stand for re-election.

Brum workers consider strike over equal pay delays


Thousands of workers at Birmingham City Council will today start a ballot for strike action in response to equal pay claim delays.

Leeds councillors to discuss axing 750 employees


Senior councillors in Leeds are set to discuss plans to reduce staffing levels by 750 by the end of the 2024/25 financial year.

Warning of polling day disruption to services


Frontline council services could be disrupted during elections as staff are drafted in to run polling stations and conduct counts, chief executives warn.

‘Toxic’ environment at council waste service


A report describing a ‘toxic’ working environment at Brighton and Hove City Council’s waste service includes accounts of staff bringing weapons to the depot.

South Cambs issued Best Value notice over four-day week


The Government has issued a non-statutory Best Value notice to South Cambridgeshire District Council ‘following concerns about its trial of a four-day working week’.

Council looks to address £100m ‘black hole’


Somerset Council is considering measures, including reducing staffing and cutting services to statutory levels, to cover a £100m funding gap.

Four-day week trial continues despite DLUHC guidance


South Cambridgeshire will continue its four-day week trial after new government guidance said councils employing the practice should ‘cease immediately’.

Time for local authorities to ‘right-size’ their offices?


Mobilityways' local authorities lead Graeme Banister asks: should councils reinvent their town halls, or motivate staff to return and fill up these empty edifices?

DLUHC advises councils on four-day week


The Government has issued guidance for English councils on four-day weeks and said it is exploring other measures ‘to ensure the sector is clear’ that the practice should not be pursued.

Council reduces leadership team to cut costs


Mid Devon District Council is reducing the size of its senior officer team by axing the role left by a retired director.

Plan to axe 750 council jobs ‘extremely worrying’


Leeds City Council’s proposals to axe hundreds of jobs to help reduce the local authority’s deficit are ‘extremely worrying’, a union has said.

Brighton’s waste service ‘mired in racism, sexism and homophobia’


A report has described a ‘toxic’ environment and ‘normalised’ bullying behaviour within Brighton and Hove City Council’s waste department following complaints by whistleblowers.

Chief executive retires following resignation calls


East Devon DC chief executive Mark Williams has announced his retirement.

Birmingham agrees job evaluation scheme


Birmingham City Council has agreed to implement a new job evaluation scheme in a major step towards meeting its £750m equal pay liabilities.

Haringey housing staff to strike


Housing repair workers employed by Haringey Council will strike this winter in a dispute over pay.

Coventry refuse workers to vote on industrial action


The trade union Unite has notified Coventry City Council that it will ballot 55 refuse workers for strike action and action short of a strike.

Council accused of menopause ‘discrimination’


Employment tribunal will today begin the first case in Britain where a worker will argue that menopause symptoms amount to a disability under the Equality Act.

Council to shut 39 facilities


North Lanarkshire Council has decided to close 39 community facilities in response to its financial shortfall.

Righting the wrongs of equal pay


David M Hutchison, head of Employment Law at Dallas McMillan, asks why councils are still struggling to get to grips with the equal pay issue.

South Cambs denies tampering with 4-day week trial report


South Cambridgeshire DC has hit back at accusations that they tampered with a report to present an optimistic picture of the controversial four-day week trial.

EXCLUSIVE: Unions delay next steps discussion


Trade unions have agreed to reconvene to discuss their next steps on the ongoing pay dispute within days of GMB’s strike ballots closing, The MJ understands.

Brum kicks off job cuts


Birmingham City Council has started a wide-ranging programme of job cuts under emergency plans.

Unite and council reach deal to end waste strike


Waste service workers and street cleaners return to work today after negotiations between Tower Hamlets Council and the trade union Unite put an end to industrial action.

Brighton settles 10-year equal pay issue


Brighton and Hove City Council will adjust bank holiday pay for more than 800 staff in response to calls from Unison.

Care sector ‘stifling’ the economy, report says


Properly funded social care would power growth and unlock jobs, according to a report published today.

Nottinghamshire waste staff to strike


The GMB union has announced a week-long strike at waste recycling plants in Nottinghamshire.

Council expands four-day week trial after fresh call to end it


A 12-month four-day week trial at South Cambridgeshire District Council will expand next week, despite local government minister Lee Rowley again calling on the council to end it.

Watchdog uncovers ‘weaknesses’ in councils’ workforce plans


Weaknesses in Welsh councils’ workforce strategies could hamper their ability to deliver in the long term, Audit Wales has found.

Councils ‘waste’ £2bn on agency staff


At least £2.1bn was spent on agency staff by councils across the UK last year, according to analysis by the 4 Day Week Campaign.

EXCLUSIVE: Fresh equal pay claims warning


Councils face a fresh wave of potential equal pay claims after a legal ruling exposed problems with the application of the national pay scheme.

Quarter of jobs go unfilled at Scottish councils


Almost a quarter of job vacancies at Scotland’s councils were not filled last year, according to new figures obtained by the Scottish Conservatives.

Increase in council staff working from abroad


More than 1,350 requests from council staff to work from overseas have been approved over the past three years, according to new data.

Union issues safety warning as Glasgow ‘slashes’ number of CCTV staff


Glasgow City Council has halved the number of staff it employs to monitor CCTV cameras in order to cut costs.

Guildford halts recruitment after S114 warning


Guildford Borough Council has stopped hiring until at least October as it attempts to cover a multi-million pound financial shortfall.

Resignation scheme begins in Birmingham


Birmingham City Council has begun asking employees if they would like to leave as it attempts to cut costs in the face of a £760m equal pay bill.

Councils urged to check pay policies following tribunal


Councils could be at risk of breaking the law on pay to senior officers in the wake of Croydon LBC’s recent tribunal loss, employers have warned.

South Lanarkshire begins search for new chief


The chief executive of South Lanarkshire Council, Cleland Sneddon, has announced he is to retire at the end of the year.

School staff at 10 Scottish councils to strike


Local authority employees in schools and early years provisions across Scotland will strike for two days next month, GMB Scotland has announced.

‘Mass exodus’ claims at North Lincolnshire


North Lincolnshire Council is facing a ‘mass exodus’ of senior staff, opposition members have claimed.

Councils slammed over '47-year negligence' after Uber court case


A union representing private hire drivers has claimed victory in a court case that has clarified the legal status of ride-hailing services and their drivers.

Two in five say officer-member relations are poor


More than 40% of town hall staff and councillors believe officer-member relations are poor and hinder performance, a new study has found.

LGPS staff voice workforce concerns


Nearly a quarter of local government pension scheme (LGPS) employees feel they do not have the right staff in place, a new survey has revealed.

Northumberland exit payments were unlawful


Six severance payments totalling more than £1m made by Northumberland Council to senior officers were unlawful, the council’s section 151 officer has concluded.

Welsh council recommends hybrid working


Ceredigion County Council is set to permanently allow its staff to work from home following positive feedback from its hybrid working trial.

Council staff at Newry, Mourne and Down commence industrial action


Staff at Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, one of Northern Ireland’s largest local authorities, commenced industrial action today (17 July).

750 Kirklees Council staff face redundancy


An estimated 750 staff members at Kirklees Council could be made redundant as the council aims to save £47m.

Hackney chief to stand down


Mark Carroll is to step down as chief executive of Hackney LBC at the end of next month.

‘Woefully out of date’ mileage rates costing workers thousands


Public sector staff are being left thousands of pounds out of pocket because ministers have failed to update national mileage rates, according to UNISON.

Scottish council staff will not move to care boards


Holyrood says that staff will still be employed by councils rather than being transferred to care boards when the National Care Service (NCS) is established.

Harlow DC reaches pay deal with 300 housing staff


Over 300 staff responsible for Harlow District Council’s housing stock have ended strike action after a pay deal was reached.

Plymouth fined £200,000 over workers’ hand conditions


Plymouth City Council (PCC) has been fined £200,000 after its failures to comply with legislation led to employees developing hand and wrist conditions.

Union warns of ‘significant rise’ in social care exploitation


Unison has warned of a ‘significant rise’ in the number of migrant workers who are being exploited in the social care sector.

East Devon chief exec urged to resign


East Devon DC's chief exec has been urged to resign after the publication of a report into the council's handling of serious allegations against a councillor.

More councillors feel at risk of abuse


The number of local councillors who have reported feeling at risk in their role due to abuse and intimidation has increased in the last year, LGA finds.

Minister criticises council’s four-day week trial


South Cambridgeshire DC has requested a meeting with local government minister Lee Rowley after receiving a letter urging it to stop the four-day week trial.

Majority of councils support return of virtual meetings


Most councils would like to be able to reintroduce virtual meetings to support the recruitment and retention of councillors, a new survey has revealed.

Birmingham City Council faces £760m equal pay bill


Birmingham City Council has revealed it will have to pay up to £760m to settle equal pay claims.

South Lanarkshire leader suspended for leaking confidential information


South Lanarkshire council leader Joe Fagan has been suspended for disclosing confidential information to the press.

New Local Government Pension Scheme resources published


The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has published a guide for employers participating in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).

Case for better pay ‘clear cut’, union says


The case for better pay in local government is ‘compelling and clear cut’, according to Unison general secretary Christina McAnea.

Council stops publishing planning application comments


Leeds City Council has stopped publishing public comments on planning applications due to the amount of ‘vociferous comments’ they receive and GDPR concerns.

Ofsted announces shakeup after suicide


The system for inspecting schools in England is facing a shakeup after the suicide of head teacher Ruth Perry led to calls for reform.

Enfield trading standards cuts risk public safety


Enfield Council is at risk of becoming the first local authority without a Trading Standards team after a decision to let go of three quarters of the team.

Boosting the wellbeing of public sector employees


Sick days are damaging public sector productivity. Alun Baker, GoodShape, looks at how to boost employee wellbeing.

Austerity left Britain ‘unprepared' for pandemic, TUC say


Years of austerity left Britain 'hugely unprepared' for the COVID pandemic with tragic consequences, union leaders have claimed.

Unite in summer strike warning


Trade union Unite has warned summer strike action will hit key events after talks with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) collapsed.

Skilled worker shortage undermining net zero drive


A skilled worker shortage means that at the current rate of heat pump and insulation installation it could take ‘several hundred years’ to meet net zero.

Croydon housing staff ballot for strike over job cuts


Housing staff at cash-strapped Croydon Council are balloting for strike action today over concerns that a restructure could lead to 26 redundancies.

Council chiefs in Northern Ireland warn of intimidation


Council leaders in Northern Ireland have raised concerns about the abuse and intimidation of candidates in this year’s local council election campaign.

MP hits out at council's proposals to extend four-day trial


A Conservative MP hit out at proposals by a council to approve an extension to a four-day week after a trial found improvements to productivity and wellbeing.

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