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Teacher vacancies rise in almost nine in 10 local authorities


Teacher vacancies have increased in 86% of English local authority areas since 2010, according to analysis by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

Council considers £110m offer for former EV battery factory site


Northumberland CC is set to consider a multi-million-pound deal that could see a site earmarked for a collapsed electric vehicle battery factory sold.

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.

Campaigners publish council ‘rich list’


Campaign group TaxPayers’ Alliance has published its annual ‘town hall rich list’ today as it continues to raise the issue of public sector pay.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games boosted economy by £1.2bn


The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games contributed approximately £1.2bn to the UK economy, according to an evaluation of the impact of the event.

Doncaster council airship deal set to create 1,200 jobs


Doncaster council has announced the location for the production facility of the helium-filled airship, Airlander 10, in a deal set to create 1,200 jobs.

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.

Brum members approve £300m of cuts


Councillors at Birmingham City Council have signed off on £300m of cuts over two years and dramatic council tax increases.

Basic efficiency savings all ‘long gone’, Chancellor told


No more 'basic efficiencies' left to make, leaders tell Chancellor in response to reports he will call for consultants and diversity schemes to be cut.

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.

Council leader welcomes £4bn EV battery factory


Somerset Council has welcomed the confirmation that Bridgwater in Somerset will be the location of a new £4bn electric vehicle (EV) battery factory.

Warnings over job cuts repercussions


Councils embarking on mass job cuts have been warned it will have grave repercussions for the senior managers of the future.

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.

Brum set to sell off £750m of assets


Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council is set to sell off £750m of assets and cut spending on services by £300m in an effort to balance the books.

Birmingham councillors back 18% pay rise delay


Councillors at cash-strapped Birmingham City Council have voted to delay pay increases for members.

Kent CC proposes over 180 redundancies


Kent County Council has proposed axing hundreds of jobs as part of a move to transform services and deliver savings.

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.

Leaderships posts left vacant to cut costs


Senior leadership posts at Cheshire East Council are being temporarily left vacant as the authority faces ‘significant financial pressures’.

Local government recruitment drive launches


Councils in the North East of England will pilot a new campaign to encourage people to take up a job in local government.

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.

Navigating the complex terrain of recruitment


Rod McMillan, marketing manager, Monster UK discusses how local authorities can improve recruitment and retention of staff.

Swindon’s finances on a ‘cliff edge’


Axing 80 jobs is one proposal among a raft of measures under consideration by Swindon Borough Council as it seeks to cover a £14m shortfall.

Middlesbrough proposes job cuts as it warns of ‘tough choices’


Middlesbrough Council has proposed axing 75 full-time equivalent posts and cutting social care costs as it scrambles to set a balanced budget for next year.

Nottingham proposes cutting 550 jobs


Nottingham City Council has proposed cutting 554 full-time equivalent posts in an attempt to tackle its financial shortfall.

Local authority leaders criticise minimum service levels


'Unfair’ and ‘undemocratic’ minimum service levels will lead to ‘more frequent and longer strikes’, according to mayors and council leaders from across UK.

Birmingham given a month to make £300m savings plan


Commissioners have given Birmingham City Council until 7 January to set out a ‘credible plan’ for addressing a £300m budget gap over the next two years.

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.

Councils need help to tackle care staff exploitation, union says


The Government must drop plans to cap overseas care staff and act to stop the exploitation of those already working in the UK, the trade union Unison has said.

Autumn Statement: West Midlands investment zone confirmed


An investment zone is set to be established in the West Midlands focusing on three sites in Warwickshire, Birmingham, and Wolverhampton, Chancellor confirms.

West Yorkshire to host £220m investment zone


A new investment zone has been announced for West Yorkshire focused on life sciences.

Derbyshire denies facing ‘bankruptcy situation’


Derbyshire County Council said ‘serious challenges’ lie ahead despite its progress in tackling its financial shortfall.

Council ‘saddened’ by proposed job cuts at rail factory


A council leader has urged ministers to commit to the industrial sector after the UK’s largest rail assembly factory announced 1,330 jobs are at risk in Derby.

Cambridge faces £6m budget cuts


Cambridge City Council needs to make an extra £6m of savings over the next three years and £11.1m in new savings by 2029.

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.

School staff strike amid pay dispute


Schools in parts of Scotland were closed on Wednesday as non-teaching staff went on strike in an ongoing dispute over local government pay.

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.

£240m venue launches with Danny Boyle extravaganza


Four years late and significantly over budget, a new cultural arena opened in Manchester yesterday with an immersive performance directed by Danny Boyle.

Disconnected job schemes failing to tackle unemployment


Nine million people who are struggling to find work are at risk of being left out of the labour market because of a ‘complex patchwork’ of job schemes.

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.

Almost 400,000 carers leave workforce


A new report offers an insight into the care sector’s struggle to retain staff after almost 400,000 carers left their jobs in a year.

Campaign to recruit carers launched


A campaign to recruit adult social care workers has been launched as part of the effort to tackle the social care workforce crisis.

High street facing ‘terminal decline’, union warns


The high street may be facing a ‘terminal decline’ as more than 420,000 traditional retail jobs have been lost since 2010, the union GMB has warned.

New festival to light up Scarborough


The Scarborough Lights festival will be launched next month as part of a three-year plan to boost arts, attract tourists and improve job opportunities on the North Yorkshire coast.

Hampshire County Council on ‘financial cliff edge’


Hampshire CC has warned that cuts to services and job losses are inevitable as the council is facing ‘one of the biggest budget shortfalls in its history’.

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 to shut 39 facilities


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

Social care should be top of manifestos, forum says


Adult social care reform should be prioritised on the agendas of all political parties, the National Care Forum (NCF) has said.

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.

Brum kicks off job cuts


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

Over £8bn needed to stop care ‘deteriorating’


Sustainable planning for the care sector must replace short-term cash injections, the Health Foundation said as it published projected costs for adult social care.

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.

Providers set out ‘pragmatic’ social care plan


A plan for adult social care with recommendations for the next Government has been put forward by Care England.

Care sector ‘stifling’ the economy, report says


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

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.

Why the four-day week could solve the workforce crisis


Local councils are struggling with job recruitment and retention. Melanie Pope, 4 Day Week Campaign, argues a four-day working week could be the answer.

£600m boost for Oxford and Swindon Mini factories


The BMW Group will invest more than £600m in its Mini plants in Oxford and Swindon as its electric production gains pace.

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.

Employment support services provide support ‘in name only’


Jobseekers and employers are being failed by Jobcentre employment services, which display a lack of care and support, think tank says.

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.

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.

Millions of renters a pay cheque away from losing home


More than two million private renters in England would be immediately unable to pay their rent if they lost their job, homelessness charity Shelter reveals.

Sheffield council staff dismissed or resigned over fraud, report says


Staff at Sheffield City Council have lost their jobs or resigned following the discovery of fraudulent activity, according to a report.

LGA: ‘Radical shift’ towards local employment support needed


Council leaders have called for a ‘radical shift’ from centralised employment support after a consultation emphasised the benefits of 'local involvement'.

Workforce concerns raised in social care survey


Workforce concerns in children's social care have been brought to light in a new poll, in which 20% of council social workers said they planned to leave.

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.

Hull plans ‘innovative’ box park venue


Hull CC will consider developing a ‘box park’ site on what is currently waste land, with the aim of attracting visitors to the city centre and creating jobs.

Government backtracks on ‘employment only’ adult education outcomes


The Department for Education (DfE) has scrapped its plans to end funding for adult education courses that are not directly linked to employment outcomes.

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.

Growth in social care workforce but 150,000 vacancies remain


The number of filled posts in the social care workforce increased by 1% over the last year, but it is estimated there are still more than 150,000 vacancies.

£150m Derby business park expansion backed by officers


Planning officers have backed plans to expand a Derby business park at an estimated cost of £150m.

Barnsley launches new initiative to boost employment


Barnsley Council and the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority have launched a new initiative to support thousands of residents into employment.

Progress on devolution 'too slow' - LGA vice-president


A Local Government Association vice-president has expressed ‘serious concerns about the Government’s increasing desire to centralise local service delivery across England out of Whitehall’.

Seven in 10 children experiencing poverty in working households


The number of children suffering poverty has shot up since support given during the COVID pandemic came to an end, according to new figures.

Universal Credit childcare payments to rise nearly 50%


Parents on Universal Credit will be able to claim hundreds of pounds more to cover childcare costs from the end of June, the Government has announced.

Council chiefs welcome £165m skills fund


Local authority leaders have welcomed the launch of a £165m skills fund but say councils should be given more powers to help people into employment.

Former drug addicts to help mentor jobseekers


Former drug addicts and alcoholics are to be appointed as mentors in Job Centres to help people cope with their addictions.

UNISON launches action figures of ‘unsung heroes’


Public sector union UNISON has launched a range of council worker action figures to celebrate the ‘unsung heroes’ working on the frontlines.

Council chiefs call for statutory powers to boost economy


Local authority leaders have urged the Government to give councils statutory powers over economic development.

Council welcomes Jaguar’s all-electric facility


Knowsley Council has welcomed a decision by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to convert its production plant in Merseyside into the firm's first all-electric facility.

County recruits London borough chief


Staffordshire CC has announced the appointment of Pat Flaherty as its next chief executive.

Staff propped up care system during pandemic, study finds


Many care home staff worked overtime without extra pay to prop up the system during the pandemic, according to a new study.

Plans for garden town in Kent approved


Plans for a garden town in Kent have been given outline approval, the local district council has confirmed.

Doncaster Council to discuss airport purchase


Doncaster Sheffield Airport could be reopened under plans to buy it back or lease it from its owners.

Social care workforce funding halved


Government plans to digitise the care sector and bolster the workforce have come under fire after it emerged they would mean cutting workforce funding.

Teacher vacancies nearly double


Vacancies for teachers have nearly doubled this year compared to before the COVID pandemic, according to the latest figures.

Post-COVID work scheme saw ‘missed opportunities’


Prospects for people getting back into work after pandemic would have been much better if councils had been able to take the lead, council leaders claim.

New Buckinghamshire film studios to create 1,200 jobs


Buckinghamshire Council has granted planning permission for a new eight-stage film studio expected to support 1,200 jobs.

Think tank criticises ‘crisis-cash-repeat’ social care funding


A think tank has warned that the Government’s short-term approach to funding adult social care will not deliver the level of service expected by the public.

New civil service ‘hub’ in York to deliver 2,600 jobs


A new civil service ‘hub’ is set to open by 2027 in York, bringing up to 2,600 new jobs to the city, the Government has announced.

Council chiefs call for devolution of skills powers


Local authority leaders have called for the devolution of skills budgets and powers to help them support young people into education, employment or training.

West Midlands Combined Authority sets out £1.1bn budget


The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has set out a £1.1bn budget which it says includes major investments to cut carbon while delivering growth.

Commissioner ‘optimistic’ about council’s future


A Government-appointed commissioner says he is optimistic about Liverpool City Council's future despite warnings of ‘considerable uncertainty’ ahead.

Levelling up directors could be scrapped


Plans to appoint a dozen levelling up directors may be scrapped, a minister has admitted.

Nine in 10 councils experiencing staffing issues


Council leaders have warned that the workforce crisis is threatening local services as a survey reveals nine in 10 councils are experiencing staffing issues.

Funding cuts reduce health visitor force by 40%


The number of health visitors has plummeted by nearly 40% since 2015 due to public health grant cuts, local authority leaders warn.

Second round of £180m brownfield fund announced


Local authorities across England are now able to bid for a share of a £60m fund dedicated to reviving brownfield sites, the Government announced today.

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