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Productivity plans: more than just reducing expenditure


Owen Garling, the Knowledge Transfer Facilitator at the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, explains how the public sector can boost its productivity levels.

Putting personal assistants at the heart of care


Ben Weatherall, co-founder and director of Curam, discusses the skills deficit in the social care system and what to do about it.

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.

Rayner floats three-year pay deal


An incoming Labour Government could throw its weight behind a longer-term pay deal for the sector to avoid the embarrassment of strikes, well-placed sources have suggested.

Welsh government announces £25m for councils


The Welsh government has announced an additional £25m to support cash-strapped local authorities in 2024-25.

Migrant care worker family ban ‘reckless’, union says


The Government’s decision to ban migrant care workers from bringing family over to join them in England could ‘spell disaster for social care’, union warns.

Councils raise alarm over free childcare offer


Ahead of the roll-out of the expansion to free early education entitlements, councils have warned there may not be enough childcare places to meet demand.

Care providers closing due to ‘perilous’ environment


Social care services are facing a situation that is ‘more perilous than ever’ with 43% of providers closing services or handing back contracts, study reveals.

Social care career reforms ‘only scratch the surface’


The Government today announced new measures to improve the career prospects of social care staff but concerns remain that this ‘may only scratch the surface’.

Half of workers unsure their council can avoid bankruptcy


Around 50% of local government workers are ‘unsure’ or ‘unconfident’ that their organisation is financially sustainable, a new study has revealed.

Gov’s migration plans threaten ‘recruitment crisis’


Hundreds of thousands of non-UK nationals working in London’s health and social care sector are likely to be hit by the Government’s new migration policies, Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned.

Wraparound childcare: what do parents want?


Ellen Broomé, managing director of Coram Family and Childcare, shares what must be done to make sure families can access the provision they need.

Million more public transport commuters needed, think-tank says


The largest cities in Britain should aim to boost the number of public transport commuters by nearly one million to reduce congestion and pollution, a think-tank has said.

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.

Government behind on scaled-back care reforms


The Government is behind even on its revised plans to overhaul adult social care, a National Audit Office (NAO) report has found.

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’.

Reports of exploitation in care sector surge


There has been a dramatic rise in the number of workers in the care sector contacting a national helpline for victims of modern slavery, charity reveals.

Council chiefs call for workforce plan after ‘unfair care’ warning


Council leaders have repeated their call for a dedicated social care workforce plan in response to a CQC warning that councils are struggling to meet demand.

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.

Children’s services hindered by ‘systemic challenges’


Children’s services are doing ‘inspiring work’ but find themselves held back by ‘wider, systemic challenges’, a council chiefs say.

Care workers in Wales feel undervalued, poll reveals


Social care workers in Wales feel undervalued by the public and underpaid for the work they do, a new survey has revealed.

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.

Unite and council reach deal to end waste strike


Waste service workers and street cleaners return to work today after negotiations between Tower Hamlets Council and the trade union Unite put an end to industrial action.

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.

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.

Staff warn of general election disruption over voter ID


Faced with the rollout of voter ID, electoral administrators have said they are not convinced they can deliver a general election before January 2025.

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.

Watchdog uncovers ‘weaknesses’ in councils’ workforce plans


Weaknesses in Welsh councils’ workforce strategies could hamper their ability to deliver in the long term, Audit Wales has found.

‘Cinderella’ care sector staff facing poverty


Most care workers are earning less than the real Living Wage and left ‘struggling to survive’, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) has warned today.

School staff at 10 Scottish councils to strike


Local authority employees in schools and early years provisions across Scotland will strike for two days next month, GMB Scotland has announced.

Social care workforce survey launched


Staff working in the adult social care sector are being asked to share their experiences in a new Government survey.

Councils slammed over '47-year negligence' after Uber court case


A union representing private hire drivers has claimed victory in a court case that has clarified the legal status of ride-hailing services and their drivers.

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.

Government confirms £600m social care fund


A health think tank has welcomed confirmation of £600m to boost the social care winter workforce but warn it may not fix the problem ‘after years of neglect.’

LGPS staff voice workforce concerns


Nearly a quarter of local government pension scheme (LGPS) employees feel they do not have the right staff in place, a new survey has revealed.

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.

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