Pay

Harnessing the power of place can lead to better pay

17/05/2019

Douglas White explains why the Living Wage Places movement is gaining traction across the country.

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’.

Council chiefs defend £100,000 plus pay cheques

09/04/2019

Local leaders have defended the generous remuneration packages paid to a minority of council employees arguing they are decided upon in a ‘transparent’ manner.

Northants apologises for underpaying childminders

08/03/2019

Northamptonshire County Council has apologised ‘unreservedly’ for underpaying childminders and nurseries by thousands of pounds.

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.

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.

Carers win right to appeal in £400m sleep-in shift battle

14/02/2019

The Supreme Court has granted carers the right to appeal in the ongoing sleep-in shift legal battle with a the mental health charity Mencap.

‘Tougher penalties’ needed to protect small businesses against late payment

15/01/2019

Small businesses have called for ‘tougher penalties’ for large companies that pay their suppliers late to protect them from another Carillion-style collapse.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2018

11/12/2018

From council pay rises to troubled outsourcing firms, here is our countdown of the 100 most popular stories on LocalGov during 2018.

Council pay offer rejected as union moves towards strike action

09/11/2018

The 3% pay offer for council workers in Scotland has been rejected by members of Unison Scotland.

Glasgow - peace on the horizon?

05/11/2018

Mark Whitehead explores the complexities of an equal pay dispute that led to thousands of women striking last month in Glasgow.

Greenwich council staff receive payouts after holiday pay ‘miscalculation’

01/11/2018

Around 5,000 women in schools and nurseries across Greenwich have received payouts from the council following a five year legal battle over holiday pay.

Glasgow and unions agree meetings to resolve dispute

26/10/2018

Talks following the two-day strike by more than 8,000 women in Glasgow this week were described as positive and constructive by both sides.

Council workers borrowing money to cope with low pay

25/10/2018

Council staff are being forced to rely on credit cards, pawn possessions and borrow money from friends and family due to low pay, a new survey has revealed.

Glasgow CC offers ‘olive branch’ in equal pay row

25/10/2018

Talks were taking place today in a bid to settle the equal pay row that led to a two-day strike by more than 8,000 women in Glasgow this week.

Equal pay strike closes council facilities and hundreds of schools

24/10/2018

Unions were today claiming the strike by 8,000 women staff in Glasgow over equal pay was solid and council facilities had shut down as other workers refused to cross picket lines.

Breaking: Council affected by secondary strike action

23/10/2018

The strike by 8,000 women staff in Glasgow over equal pay appeared to be escalating on day one as more workers downed tools to show their support.

Council strike over equal pay goes ahead

23/10/2018

One of the biggest strikes in the UK over equal pay went ahead this morning as thousands of women walked out in the dispute with Glasgow City Council.

Council staff to strike over equal pay claims

22/10/2018

Thousands of women at one of the UK's biggest councils are set to walk out on strike for two days this week over equal pay.

Four in 10 council employees report ‘financial worries’

18/10/2018

Almost four in 10 central Government and county council employees have financial worries, a fact that affects their work performance and mental health.

Council chiefs warn of ‘threat’ to music lessons

11/10/2018

Local authority leaders have warned that music lessons will be ‘under threat’ unless the Government covers the cost of a pay rise for music teachers.

Business rate discounts should drive adoption of Living Wage

14/09/2018

A union has called on London boroughs to follow Brent Council by developing a business rate scheme which incentivises employers to pay a living wage.

Council staff urged to reject 3% pay increase in Scotland

10/09/2018

Unison is calling on its local government members to reject the new offer of a 3% pay rise.

Equal pay claims will put 'unprecedented' pressure on council, warns watchdog

23/08/2018

The cost of resolving equal pay claims could put 'unprecedented financial pressure' on council services in Glasgow, the spending watchdog has warned.

Whistleblower loses ‘unfair dismissal’ case against council

20/07/2018

Cheshire East Council has welcomed an employment tribunal decision which found a ‘whistleblower’ was not dismissed unfairly.

Court reverses £400m sleep-in shift ruling

13/07/2018

Council leaders have welcomed the Court of Appeal ruling that social care providers will no longer be required to pay £400m in backpay to carers doing sleep-in shifts.

Council facing £5m equal pay bill

26/06/2018

Fife Council has been warned it could face a £5m bill from a new round of equal pay claims.

Union rejects Scottish councils' pay offer

20/06/2018

Members of the GMB Scotland trade union have rejected the Scottish local government pay offer, potentially sparking industrial action.

Unions submit pay rise claim for youth and community workers

14/05/2018

Unions have submitted a pay claim for youth and community workers they say would narrow a growing gap between falling wages and rising costs caused by austerity.

Council to take pay dispute to Supreme Court

10/05/2018

Nottingham City Council is to take a dispute with its staff over incremental pay rises to the Supreme Court.

Incremental pay rises - an endangered species?

27/04/2018

Mark Whitehead explores why the right to an automatic pay rise is disappearing in local government.

Council's pay freeze is ruled unlawful by Court of Appeal

23/04/2018

Nottingham City Council was wrong to impose a freeze on incremental pay rises, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Scottish council staff urged to reject ‘unacceptable’ pay offer

13/04/2018

A Scottish trade union has urged its members to reject the offer of a pay increase up to 3%.

More than 2,000 council staff earn over £100,000

11/04/2018

More than 2,300 council employees were paid more than £100,000 in 2016-17, according to the latest ‘town hall rich list’.

Update: All three unions accept council pay deal

10/04/2018

A two-year pay deal for more than one million local government workers is set to be rubber-stamped following decisions by all three unions involved to accept it.

Unison accepts 2% pay rise for local government staff

10/04/2018

A two-year pay deal for more than one million local government workers looks likely to go ahead after the biggest of the three unions involved decided to accept it.

Gender pay gap data - treat with caution

10/04/2018

Mark Whitehead explains why the new gender pay gap figures reveal a somewhat more mixed picture of what is actually going on.

The gender pay gap: local government's national perspective

05/04/2018

Why do some councils have a gender pay gap and how are they going to address it? Mark Whitehead investigates.

Councils praised for narrowing the gender pay gap

04/04/2018

Local government leaders have pointed to the high proportion of women in in lower-paid part-time jobs as the main reason for the differences in average rates compared to men.

Early figures suggest men earn 6% more than women in local government

28/03/2018

Men in local government earn on average 6% per hour more than women according to the latest data being collected by the Government.

Union members vote to accept 2% pay rise for council staff

12/03/2018

The vast majority of GMB members have voted to accept the 2% local government pay offer.

North Ayrshire settles 500 equal pay claims

06/03/2018

North Ayrshire Council has settled hundreds of outstanding equal pay claims after months of delay.

Data reveals 'significant' ethnic pay gap in the Greater London Authority Group

05/03/2018

New data has revealed there is a 'significant' pay difference between white people and those from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background working for the the Greater London Authority (GLA) Group.

Care England wins right to intervene in sleep-in care case

20/02/2018

Care England has been granted the right to intervene in the Court of Appeal’s sleep-in-shift case raising hopes the care sector’s impending £400m financial crisis can be averted.

Councils call for funding to pay for future pay rises

19/02/2018

Scottish council leaders are pressing Holyrood for additional resources and clarity over local government pay.

Council faces legal action over outstanding equal pay awards

13/02/2018

Fife Council is facing fresh legal proceedings over the non-payment of equal pay awards, a trade union has warned.

Labour accuses Government of 'holding back' local government

29/01/2018

Labour MPs have urged ministers to provide ‘strategic vision’ for local government.

A better pay deal for local government?

24/01/2018

With all three unions rejecting the pay offer to local government staff, just what chance do they have of winning more money for council workers? Mark Whitehead explores.

Unison narrowly rejects pay offer to council staff

23/01/2018

The union with the biggest membership among local government workers has voted to reject the 2% pay offer made by the employers late last year.

Scottish government under pressure over council pay

22/01/2018

Scotland’s Government is under pressure to reverse planned council budget cuts after MSPs warned ministers created an ‘expectation’ town hall staff would receive pay hikes.

Unions call for 6.5% pay increase for Scottish council workers

15/01/2018

Trade unions representing local government workers across Scotland have called for a 6.5% pay rise for Scottish council workers.

Union urges council staff to reject pay offer

15/01/2018

A trade union is calling on local government members to reject the offer of a 2% pay rise this year.

Council proposes stopping sick pay for three days

14/12/2017

A council’s proposal to stop sick pay for the first three days of an employee’s absence has been criticised as an ‘affront’ to workers.

Unions make 5% pay increase claim for local government craft workers

11/12/2017

Unions have submitted a pay claim for increases of at least 5% for local government craft workers who mainly carry out housing and maintenance work.

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.

A 2% pay rise will help retain hard-pressed staff

07/12/2017

Councils want to pay staff more, but they can only afford 2%, writes Heather Jameson.

Council employees offered ‘overdue’ pay rise

05/12/2017

Council employees have been offered a ‘long overdue’ two-year pay increase starting next year.

Scrap public sector pay cap, petition demands

04/12/2017

A petition demanding the Government scrap the pay cap and give public servants a ‘meaningful pay rise’ will be debated in Parliament.

Budget 2017: Devolution and housing key planks in speech

22/11/2017

Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget has seen the chancellor unveil a raft of new devolution deals, measures to boost housing and changes to resolve issues with controversial Universal Credit.

Public sector pay cap ‘false economy’, unions warn

21/11/2017

The public sector pay cap has reduced spending power in England by £8.5bn this year, according to the TUC.

Half the cost of a 5% pay rise for council staff would be offset in tax, says union

16/11/2017

Half the cost of a pay claim for council workers would be offset by increased taxes and other factors, according to local government unions.

One in 10 council workers paid below living wage

03/11/2017

Local government union Unison is calling on the government to inject cash into councils to make them 'living wage employers'.

Rate rise adds 'insult to injury' for public sector workers

02/11/2017

The Bank of England's interest rate rise adds 'insult to injury' for public sector employees, union chief Dave Prentis has claimed.

Council staff told to take mandatory unpaid leave

02/11/2017

Northamptonshire County Council has told its staff they must take a day’s mandatory unpaid leave as part of an effort to save £2m a month.

New scheme to resolve sleep-in care crisis leaves questions ‘unanswered’

02/11/2017

The Government has ‘failed’ to resolve the sleep-in care crisis with the announcement of a new pay compliance scheme, social care disability providers warn.

Council heads paid off with £300,000 after suspected misconduct

01/11/2017

Two suspended council heads are to receive a nearly £300,000 combined pay off as their employment is terminated due to questions over past pay rises.

Salford announces pay rise for care workers ‘well above’ NLW

09/10/2017

Salford City Council has announced it will start paying ‘well above’ the National Living Wage (NLW) to its care workers.

Councils face recruitment crisis unless pay restraint eased, say financial experts

20/09/2017

Councils could face a management-level recruitment and retention crisis unless public sector pay restraint is eased, a respected think-tank has warned.

Agreement ending teaching assistant pay dispute in Derby collapses

18/09/2017

An agreement aimed at ending a long-running pay dispute between teaching assistants and Derby council has fallen through raising the threat of further strikes.

Union claims pay cap is stripping billions of pounds from council budgets

13/09/2017

A major union has accused the Government of stripping billions of pounds from the local authorities, schools and police forces to enforce a cap on public sector pay.

Newcastle backs calls for a 5% pay rise for all staff

07/09/2017

There should be a 5% pay rise for council staff and a review of the pay spine, according to calls by Newcastle Council.

A third of equal pay claims still not settled by Scottish councils

07/09/2017

Councils in Scotland have spent £750m settling equal pay claims since 2004, with 27,000 claims still outstanding, a public spending watchdog has revealed.

Public sector pay cap could be lifted next year

05/09/2017

Theresa May is considering scrapping the 1% cap on pay rises for public sector workers, according to reports about the upcoming autumn Budget.

Nursery staff facing pay cuts over free childcare rollout says think tank

04/09/2017

The Government’s new 30-hours free childcare scheme is so underfunded that nurseries would have to pay their staff below the minimum wage to make it work, according to new research.

Council payroll error prevents 20,000 teachers receiving salaries

25/08/2017

Tens of thousands of teachers in Essex have not received their salaries due to a council payroll error.

Thousands of council staff in Glasgow win equal pay ruling

22/08/2017

Glasgow City Council will look into making payments to potentially thousands of women workers after a court ruling suggested that the council might have been paying them less than their male colleagues.

Public sector workers work £11bn of unpaid overtime a year, union says

24/07/2017

Two million public sector workers regularly work unpaid overtime, union says in response to chancellor’s suggestion public sector workers are ‘overpaid’.

Back pay ruling could lead to social care crisis, warns charity

19/07/2017

The learning disabilities sector faces a funding crisis after a tribunal ruled support workers must be paid six years of back pay, a charity has warned today.

Don’t ‘abandon’ austerity, free market think tank says

13/07/2017

‘Abandoning austerity is no solution’, says free-market policy think tank amid calls to lift the public sector pay cap.

Ending public sector pay cap would cost £10bn, think tank says

10/07/2017

Ending the public sector pay cap could cost nearly £10bn over the next five years, warns think tank.

Late council payments to SMEs worth millions ‘major issue’, report warns

30/06/2017

A new study has revealed that over 40% of top tier local government sourcing comes from SMEs, but late payment by councils is ‘frequently a major issue’.

Council publishes new pay offer to teaching assistants

20/06/2017

Proposals aimed at ending a long-running dispute with teaching assistants in Durham could mean more than three quarters of the staff being given a pay rise.

Unions call for 5% pay increase for council staff

15/06/2017

Local government workers should be given a 5% pay rise following eight years of government-imposed pay restraint, trade unions have argued.

Council strike averted under new trade union rules

02/06/2017

Industrial action in Scotland over local government pay has been scuppered after a ballot by Unison failed to reach the minimum threshold of the new Trade Union Act.

Glasgow CC faces accusations of discrimination in equal pay case

31/05/2017

Thousands of low paid women are set to make equal pay claims against Glasgow City Council after winning a court victory.

In-work poverty hits record numbers, report reveals

23/05/2017

Over half of those living in poverty in the UK live in a household where someone is in work, research reveals.

Public sector pay freeze causing recruitment ‘crisis’, warns union

22/05/2017

Public sector recruitment hovers on the ‘brink of crisis’, union says as think tank warns the squeeze on public sector pay may force workers to move to the private sector.

Next Government must fix social care workforce crisis, warns charity

18/05/2017

One in four social care staff are leaving the profession every year, charity reveals as it calls on next Government to fix the social care workforce crisis.

Public sector pay cap will ‘cost economy £16bn by 2020’

12/05/2017

The 1% cap on public sector workers will cost the UK economy £16bn by 2020, new figures from GMB have revealed.

Thousands of council staff consulted over pay

09/05/2017

Hundreds of thousands of local government workers are being consulted on the latest pay claim.

Union puts 85 MPs 'on notice' over public sector pay cuts

02/05/2017

GMB has warned that 85 Conservative MPs could be at risk in upcoming the General Election due to the squeeze on public sector pay.

TPA shows the cost of senior staff – not the value

20/04/2017

The TaxPayers' Alliance Town Hall Rich List was, as ever, misleading. Heather Jameson points out how chief executives have witnessed their role change dramatically in the last few years.

Trade union ballots members over strike action

11/04/2017

Scotland’s largest local government trade union is to ballot its members over possible strike action after rejecting the latest pay offer from town halls.

More than 2,000 senior council staff paid six-figure sums, finds research

11/04/2017

More than 2,000 council workers earn more than £100,000 a year, according to the latest ‘town hall rich list’.

GMB Scotland votes to accept local authority pay deal

10/04/2017

Trade union members have voted to accept this year’s offer on local authority pay in Scotland.

Councils to be required to publish gender pay gap figures

06/04/2017

The Government yesterday announced that all employers with 250 or more employees will be required to publish their gender pay gap figures.

Teaching assistants end long-running pay dispute with council

06/04/2017

Teaching assistants in Derby have voted overwhelmingly to end a ten-month campaign of strike action over pay and working time.

Thousands of nursery workers paid ‘illegal poverty wages’, study reveals

17/03/2017

One in 10 nursery workers are being paid below the minimum wage despite nurseries benefitting from Government subsidies, new analysis reveals.

Public sector pay to continue falling for ‘rest of decade’

15/03/2017

Average real pay is falling in the public sector and will continue to fall over the next three years because of inflation and pay restraint, report reveals.

Public sector workers earn more than their private sector peers, analysis reveals

13/03/2017

Public sector workers are still paid more than their private sector counterparts despite nearly a decade of central government cuts, financial experts say.

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