Human Resources

LGA split over worker bonus

26/05/2020
A cross-party agreement that the Local Government Association (LGA) would lobby for a coronavirus payment to staff was ditched after senior councillors blocked the move, The MJ can reveal.

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Council staff will be deployed for Covid-19 contact tracing

21/04/2020

Council staff will be deployed to help spot, trace and isolate new cases of coronavirus, the Welsh Government has confirmed.

Council considers placing some staff on furlough

17/04/2020

A Scottish council is considering furloughing a limited number of workers in a bid to limit the financial impact of the coronavirus crisis.

Unions slam 'woefully low' council pay offer

17/04/2020

The Government should provide extra funding to give council workers a 'proper' pay rise during the pandemic crisis, trade unions have said.

Council workers offered a 2.75% pay rise

16/04/2020

Trade unions have been urged to accept a 2.75% pay increase for council staff.

Town hall rich list branded 'inane and distasteful'

15/04/2020

Attempts to criticise local government salaries have been branded as ‘both inane and distasteful' by chief executives’ body Solace.

Refuse workers in Wirral walk out over coronavirus fears

08/04/2020

Refuse collectors in Wirral have refused to work after claiming Biffa Waste Services failed to introduce strict social distancing measures.

CQC issues COVID-19 guidance on DBS checks

03/04/2020

The Care Quality Commission(CQC)  has issued interim guidance on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and other recruitment checks in response to coronavirus.

Scottish unions blast 'inconsistent' way councils are handling coronavirus

02/04/2020

Trade unions in Scotland have criticised the ‘inconsistent’ approach to protecting council staff from coronavirus.

Local government pay summit to go ahead

30/03/2020

Negotiators hope to keep local government pay discussions on track despite the difficulties posed by the coronavirus crisis.

Councils report ‘sickening’ attacks on staff

30/03/2020

Council staff have been subject to unacceptable physical and verbal assaults during the coronavirus crisis, including one council worker having their leg broken.

Hancock announces free parking for NHS staff

26/03/2020

The Government has announced NHS trusts are to receive financial support to provide health care workers with free car parking during the coronavirus pandemic.

Union questions how refuse workers can practice social distancing within an RCV cab

24/03/2020

A union has called on local government employers to spell out how refuse service workers can safely provide an essential service while meeting social distancing requirements.

Union and council end dispute amid coronavirus crisis

24/03/2020

Trade union Unite has said its dispute with Veolia over holiday pay for refuse staff working at Tower Hamlets LBC has been resolved.

Glasgow council seeks 1,500 voluntary redundancies

24/03/2020

Glasgow City Council has announced that it is offering voluntary redundancies to its staff in order to reduce its wage bill in the face of heavy budgetary pressures, including an over £500m equal pay bill.

Council reviews bin collections after disabled man ‘blocked’ in house

20/03/2020

Trafford Council has agreed to review the way it monitors missed bin collections after the Ombudsman upheld half a dozen complaints.

Social workers call for clarity on carrying out statutory duties

20/03/2020

Social workers are concerned they will be unable to safeguard families and carry out their statutory duties in the face of mass isolation.

Union accuses town council of being like ‘The Godfather’

19/02/2020

There is a ‘systematic and sustained campaign of bullying’ in the Norfolk town council of Attleborough, according to the union Unite.

A 10% council pay rise is 'affordable' says Unison

12/02/2020

A 10% pay rise for council staff is 'affordable' and would boost local economies, new research from a trade union has said.

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'.

Bromley's eight-month strike comes to an end

31/01/2020

An eight-month long strike at Bromley’s library services has finally ended following an agreement between Unite and the employer, Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL).

Blackpool Council announces 75 job losses

31/01/2020

Blackpool Council has announced that its new budget proposals will result in 75 job losses as it seeks to close a £5m budget gap.

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.

Family ‘left in distress’ after council fails to investigate noise complaint

29/01/2020

A council in West Northamptonshire has been criticized by the Ombudsman for its handling of a noise complaint from residents living near an industrial estate.

Pay dispute threatens to ‘disrupt’ council tax collection

24/01/2020

Newham council faces ‘significant disruption’ to council tax collection and rebates when staff stage a week-long strike in a job evaluation row.

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.

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’.

Council warns of 78 job cuts

07/01/2020

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has outlined plans to cut 78 jobs as part of plans to save £9.2m by 2021.

Former social workers urged to return to sector

06/01/2020

Former social workers are being encouraged to get back into the care sector with the return of a national scheme.

Recognition for chiefs in New Year Honours list

02/01/2020

Chief executives in Bradford, Harrogate, Leeds, and the chief executive officer of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy are among those to have been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours.

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.

Surrey firefighters vote for Christmas industrial action

12/12/2019

Firefighters in Surrey have voted in favour of industrial action short of strike over the Christmas period in order to fight against local authority cuts.

Fleet mechanics threaten strike after being asked to ‘accept one compromise too many’

03/12/2019

Council fleet mechanics in Wigan are being balloted for strike action after being told to work late on Fridays, according to Unite.

At last 90,000 extra social workers needed to meet care reforms

28/11/2019

An extra 90,000 care workers will be needed to provide just two hours of basic care for older people with high needs, a report has warned today.

Half of local government workers worry about redundancy as a result of cuts

14/11/2019

Around 50% of local government workers worry that they could be made redundant by technological innovation or Government cuts, a survey has revealed.

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.

Council launches bond scheme to recruit key workers

11/11/2019

Cherwell District Council has launched a new bond scheme to encourage more key workers to move to the area.

Delays to pay claim talks branded a 'disappointment by union

07/11/2019

The biggest local government union has branded a delay to talks over their 10% pay claim 'a huge disappointment'.

Decision on council staff pay rise delayed until the New Year

06/11/2019

A leading union negotiator has questioned local government employers' good faith after they decided to delay responding to their 10% pay claim until the New Year.

Council workers to lobby for 10% pay rise

04/11/2019

Unions are set to protest in support of their 10% pay claim when local government employers meet in London tomorrow.

Men dominate top table at combined authorities, research warns

04/11/2019

Only one in five with a vote at the top table in combined authorities are women, new research has found.

Council cuts damaging ‘grassroots’ grass pitches

30/10/2019

Local authority austerity and budget cuts have had a damaging effect on ‘grassroots’ grass pitches, a groundskeeping organisation says.

Council makes 'significant' progress on its pension scheme

25/10/2019

A new report has found the London Borough of Barnet has made significant progress in the way it administers its pension fund since an improvement notice was issued in July.

Councillors apologise to staff over 'pagan ritual' offer

25/10/2019

Two councillors have apologised in writing to their entire council staff following an investigation into sexist behaviour which included telling a woman she had 'good breeding hips' and offering to perform a pagan ritual.

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.

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.

Living wage boost would benefit hundreds of thousands of council staff

08/10/2019

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

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Developing a cohesive council workforce

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

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