Human Resources

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.

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Fifth of local government leaders ‘privately educated’

25/06/2019

Around 20% of local government leaders and 29% of MPs are privately educated compared to 7% of the population, a report into social mobility has revealed.

Around 25% of local government jobs ‘slashed’ due to austerity

21/06/2019

New data from Unison has revealed that a quarter of local government jobs have been cut over the last decade as a result of austerity.

One in five Welsh council jobs ‘axed’, report reveals

21/06/2019

Almost one if five council jobs in Wales have been axed in the last 10 years, according to the latest analysis.

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.

Care workers suffer from 6,000 violent attacks

10/06/2019

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

Union hits out over changes to LGPS for non-teaching staff

06/06/2019

A trade union has blasted government proposals to allow universities and colleges in England to opt out of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) for new non-teaching staff.

Study sets out how best to empower electoral officials

06/06/2019

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

CEOs in local government the least trusted, research shows

05/06/2019

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

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.

South Ribble Council chief executive placed on ‘special leave’

28/05/2019

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.

Council employees win ‘substantial wage rise’

02/05/2019

Customer service assistants employed by Sandwell Council have won what the union Unite describe as a ‘substantial wage rise’.

Birmingham council apologises to union over waste dispute comments

30/04/2019

Birmingham City Council has apologised to Unite the Union over comments made during the recent protracted dispute with refuse collectors.

BAME communities ‘underrepresented’ at the local level, audit reveals

26/04/2019

The underrepresentation of minorities at the local level gives the impression that local leaders ‘don't care about representative democracy’, campaigners say.

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.

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’.

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

10/04/2019

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

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.

Councillor resigns amid anti-Semitism row

03/04/2019

A Labour councillor who was deselected has resigned accusing the local party of not dealing with complaints of racism, anti-Semitism and homophobia.

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.

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.

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Hedging the currency risk

Following the recent news that Croydon Council is considering hedging the currency risk in its pension fund, Jackie Bowie offers her view on optimal strategies to achieve the best outcome.
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Local government workers deserve thanks

Civil service workers are under-appreciated and it’s time to change that, says Heather Glanville of Boundless, the membership club for public sector workers.
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Senior Benefits Officer

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Grade 6 - Starting at £25,599 per annum and rising to £28,221
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Recuriter: Chelmsford City Council

Experienced Social Worker

Telford & Wrekin Council
£32,029 - £34,788 per annum
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Qualified Social Worker

Telford & Wrekin Council
£31,371 - £33,799 per annum
Telford & Wreking is seeking a Qualified Social Worker for Adult Safeguarding Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Team Leader - Leaving Care

Telford & Wrekin Council
£44,632 - £47,534 per annum
We are recruiting a very special person to the Leaving Care Team Leader role to Telford, Shropshire
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Corporate Director of Children’s Services

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Trafford is a thriving, diverse, prosperous and culturally vibrant borough sitting at the heart of Greater Manchester. Trafford, Greater Manchester
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