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Third of councils fear being unable to meet Care Act duties


Only around two thirds of local authorities are confident they will be able to meet all their legal duties under the Care Act next year, council chiefs warn.

Nationwide local government recruitment campaign planned


Ministers have agreed to fund the roll-out of a national publicity campaign promoting the attractions of working for local government.

Leveraging data to reverse the planning staff decline


Scott Goodwin, divisional director Land, Property and Public Protection, Idox, explains how rapid access to easily consumed data can transform planning teams.

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).

UltraCrete wins Employment and Skills Award at RSTA Annual Conference


UltraCrete are delighted to announce that they have been presented with the coveted Employment and Skills Award at the 2024 RSTA Annual Conference.

Council to announce chief after capacity criticism


East Devon DC is hoping to announce its new chief executive early next month after peers said senior level capacity was currently ‘limited’.

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.

Drive to tackle planning officer shortage ‘crisis’


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

Flexible-work denied to third of women in public sector


Three in ten (30%) women working in the public sector have had requests to work flexibly denied, new research from Unison has revealed.

New £4.9m bonus scheme amid childcare expansion concerns


The Government has launched a recruitment drive ahead of its free childcare expansion, but a major early years organisation has warned it will do little to boost staff numbers before rollout.

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.

Navigating the complex terrain of recruitment


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

Derbyshire denies facing ‘bankruptcy situation’


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

South Cambridgeshire to save £750k from four-day week trial


A council criticised by the Government for failing to demonstrate Best Value has announced projected savings of more than £750,000 from its four-day week trial.

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.

Labour to tackle 'antiquated planning system'


Labour has pledged to overhaul the planning system in a bid to ease the progress of infrastructure projects.

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.

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.

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.

‘Mass exodus’ claims at North Lincolnshire


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

Public sector pay increases do not add to inflation, think tank says


Increasing pay for public sector workers by 10% would not add much to inflation, according to a new report by the think tank IPPR.

NHS leaders call for social care workforce plan


NHS leaders have written to the Prime Minister calling for a social care workforce plan to boost recruitment and retention in the social care sector.

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.

Vulnerable youngsters failed by care system


‘Vulnerable young people are being failed’ by the children’s social care system, a former education secretary has warned.

Pension changes could ease recruitment pressure


Changes to the pension rules could ease the pressure on senior recruitment in local government, sector figures have suggested.

LGA moves to tackle workforce crisis


The association’s executive advisory board heard that all of the LGA’s policy boards had highlighted ‘significant workforce capacity challenges’.

Bed blocking down by just 3% a month on from £250m plan


The Government’s £250m initiative to speed up hospital discharges reduced the number of bed blockers by less than 3% in its first month.

Levelling up director appointed amid recruitment uncertainty


The Government is still ‘reviewing the recruitment process for levelling up directors’ despite appointing an ex-Number 10 official to a role with same title.

Councillors split on solution to workforce crisis


The LGA’s executive advisory board considered a survey that found more than nine in 10 councils were experiencing staff recruitment difficulties.

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.

Local government must look to new technology approaches in 2023


In the face of unprecedented budgetary and security pressures, local government needs to look for new ways to implement and manage solutions. Richard Hartill reports.

Mandarins deny ICSs 'set up to fail'


MPs on the Public Accounts Committee quizzed top civil servants from the Department of Health and Social Care about the new bodies.

Care in crisis: CQC reveals stark issues ahead


The care system is in crisis and staff now live with the risk their patients will come to harm, the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) annual report has revealed.

Solace Summit: recruitment crisis laid bare


The scale of the recruitment crisis facing councils has been laid bare at the Solace Summit.

Social care vacancies up by a record 52%


The number of vacant posts in adult social care has increased by a record 52% in one year, an alarming new report has revealed.

How technology can help local governments tackle the challenge of staff turnover


James Scott explores how technology help alleviate the issue of staff turnover in local councils.

Liverpool set for further intervention


Commissioners at Liverpool are set to take on governance and financial decision making in an extension of their powers following a damning report.

Slough's financial challenge 'unprecedented'


Commissioners at Slough Council are set to be given powers over recruitment after finding it was unable to turn around its finances quickly enough.

Ofsted calls for social care workforce strategy


The watchdog the need is ‘more urgent than ever’ as it published a report looking at the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on children’s social care.

Filled posts in adult social care are down for the first time


The number of filled posts in adult social care is down for the first time on record, highlighting recruitment challenges, a new report has found.

Employers warn against local pay deals


Councils have been warned against undermining the ‘fundamental integrity’ of national talks by agreeing local deals as pressure grows on pay.

LGA Conference: Sector should consider offering four-day week


Councils may have to consider offering a four-day week in order to attract the staff desperately needed by the sector, a workshop at the Local Government Association’s (LGA) annual conference has heard.

Staff shortages undermining drug treatment, study reveals


A loss of skilled professionals and the fragmentation of services has proven a major barrier to tackling drug addiction, new research has found.

Half of social workers at risk of quitting survey finds


Nearly half (49%) of social workers say they are less likely to stay in their jobs due to excessive workloads, high stress levels and low morale.

Council to recruit 1,000 embedded digital champions


Dorset Council is looking to recruit 'an army' of digital champions to help digitally excluded residents get online.

Ministers urged to reverse public health cuts


The Local Government Association (LGA) has urged ministers to reverse public health cuts amid warnings the COVID-19 pandemic has left staff exhausted and exacerbated recruitment difficulties.

Think tank warns of 'invisible crisis' in home care


The social care sector in England has lost up to 50,000 workers in the past six months, new analysis has revealed.

Crisis talks: Government support urgently needed to tackle the social care sector recruitment crunch


Kris Peach explores what the industry needs in order to tackle the worst workforce crisis in more than a decade.

Government told to ‘invest’ in social care to solve recruitment crisis


A new report has emphasised the importance of ‘properly’ rewarding care workers as figures reveal that adult social care providers are struggling to recruit and retain staff.

A million extra health and social care staff needed in the next 10 years, says report


More than 600,000 extra social care staff are needed in the next decade to meet the growing demand for care, according to new research.

Wolverhampton's i9 selected to house MHCLG's Midlands base


Two floors of Wolverhampton’s new i9 office building will be home to the first ministerial department outside of London, it has been announced.

How to reduce spending on temporary staff and boost employee engagement


Scott Erwin calls on councils to adopt a ‘dynamic staffing’ model to combine the use of agency staff with more stable budgeting.

More than 110,000 job vacancies in social care, report finds


Analysis shows that 7.3% of adult social care roles in England were vacant in 2019/20, equivalent to 112,000 vacancies at any one time.

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?’

County Council urges businesses to share its recruitment campaign


Sarah France-Gorton, head of resourcing solutions at North Yorkshire County Council, has written to business leaders urging them to share its recruitment campaign.

Care providers in law change call


Care providers have pleaded with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to change the law to boost staff numbers in the sector during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Rethinking the tech skills gap in local government


Nick Walrond explains how how can local government attract candidates with the right tech skills, while avoiding long-standing vacancies or needing to outsource the role altogether.

Former social workers urged to return to sector


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

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


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.

Council launches bond scheme to recruit key workers


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

Social care sector faces 'disastrous' staffing black hole


A care workers union has warned of a 'disastrous' staffing black hole in England’s social care sector as research shows there are tens of thousands of vacant posts.

Over 40% of emergency hospital admissions ‘avoidable'


Council chiefs have called for more resources to recruit care home staff after research shows four in 10 hospital admissions from care homes could be avoided.

'Slow progress' two years after inadequate judgement


Gloucestershire CC is making ‘slow progress’ in improving its services for its children and young people two years after it was judged inadequate, Ofsted has found.

Double the number of providers handing back care contracts to councils


The number of social care providers handing back contracts to councils has more than doubled in 2018, new research has revealed.

Whitehall launches social care recruitment drive


The Government has launched a new national recruitment campaign to help fill the 110,000 vacancies in the adult social care sector.

Ashford BC offers £3,000 bursary to undergraduates


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.

Shortage of social care workers to reach 290,000 by 2030, says report


NHS figures show that in the last two years two million hospital beds were unnecessarily occupied because of a shortage of social care to support patients ready to be discharged, according to management consultants.

A leading question


Jayson Darby considers the traits of good leaders and the role people assessment tools can play in identifying if someone’s leadership material.

The rise of predictive analytics in local government recruitment


Why does data have such an important role to play in improving recruiting practices within the local government? Charles Hipps reports.

Fighting for talent in local government


How are councils transforming approaches to talent acquisition using tailored technology offerings? Charles Hipps reports.

Counties launch joint venture to recruit temporary agency staff


Hampshire has joined forces with a company set up by Kent County Council to recruit temporary agency workers.

Council announces recruitment ‘freeze’ to tackle £60m budget gap


Shropshire Council has announced it will be ‘freezing’ all recruitment in order to ensure the authority stays within its budget.

Staff churn in local government - an unsustainable reality


Garry Nelson explains how councils can improve effective talent acquisition, retention and development programmes.

Bristol first council to become ‘Ban the Box’ employer


Bristol City Council has become the first local authority in the country to use job applications without a tick box that asks applicants about their criminal record.

Five recruitment trends in local government


Jes Ladva argues that local authorities are embracing genuine transformation in recruitment as the austerity freeze continues.

Project launched to retrain 100 social workers


Three regions will take part in a new programme to help retrain 100 social workers who have left the profession.

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


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

New plans to increase mental health services revealed


Plans to boost mental health services and recruit thousands of new staff have been announced today by the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

County Council announces jobs freeze to tackle £8m overspend


Devon County Council has announced a jobs freeze in order to manage a projected £8.1m budget overspend.

60% of local councils want a new leadership approach


The majority of HR directors in local government believe a new style of leadership is required to help them deliver a better quality of service.

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