Mark Whitehead

Declaring a climate change emergency

09/08/2019

Local authorities can play a key role in tackling climate change – and there is plenty for them to do. Never before has thinking globally and acting locally been more important, says Mark Whitehead.

Council apologises after anxious girl misses months of school

08/08/2019

Leeds City Council left a young girl without proper education for nine months after she started refusing to go to her primary school because of anxiety, the ombudsman has found.

Air pollution could be causing a third of child asthma cases, study warns

08/08/2019

Air pollution could be the cause of up to a third of new cases of childhood asthma in Europe, according to a new study.

Welsh Government sets out development vision for next 20 years

07/08/2019

A new planning framework for Wales will aim to produce more council housing and increase the use of renewable energy.

Campaigners call for 'calorie tax' to tackle obesity

07/08/2019

Companies producing high-calorie foods should be taxed to help tackle the 'obesity crisis', campaigners have demanded.

New guidance to help councils support unpaid carers

02/08/2019

Health experts have issued guidance on how council staff and other professionals can help support unpaid carers.

Council charity to run Hertfordshire's libraries

02/08/2019

Hertfordshire County Council is set to save £500,000 in business rates by transferring its libraries to a charity it set up for the purpose.

Nearly 600,000 children affected by two-child limit on benefits

01/08/2019

Campaigners have called on the Government to lift the 'two child limit' for payment of benefits to families.

Council leaders join call for fairer public health funding

01/08/2019

Local authorities have backed a call by Cancer Research for the new Government to increase public health funding.

Khan announces £1.1m sports funding to tackle crime

01/08/2019

London mayor Sadiq Khan has announced £1.1m funding for sports groups as part of a drive to stop young people getting involved in crime and violence.

Over half of councils declare ‘climate emergency’

31/07/2019

More than half of UK councils have committed to reducing carbon emissions by declaring a 'climate emergency'.

In a nutshell: the 2020-21 local government pay claim

29/07/2019

Mark Whitehead explores the context behind the union's bid for a 10% pay increase for council staff.

A pay rise for local government workers?

25/07/2019

Local government workers are doing overtime on 'an industrial scale’. Mark Whitehead looks at what unions are doing to address this.

Over 40% of emergency hospital admissions ‘avoidable'

25/07/2019

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.

New secretary of state for local government told to ‘champion’ councils

25/07/2019

County councillors have called on the new housing, communities and local government secretary Robert Jenrick to 'champion their cause' for fairer funding.

Council announces £57m funding for estate next to Grenfell

25/07/2019

Kensington and Chelsea Council are to invest £57m transforming an estate next to Grenfell Tower.

Government should ‘prioritise’ accessible house building, charity says

25/07/2019

Better advice and support is needed to help people move into a more suitable home in later life, according to housing experts.

Welsh councils call for ‘clarity’ over post-Brexit funding

24/07/2019

Clarity over future funding arrangements is crucial to ensure support for rural communities in Wales after Brexit, councils have warned.

Johnson urged to make council funding 'immediate domestic priority'

24/07/2019

Councils have congratulated Boris Johnson on becoming the new prime minister and told him they are key to helping him meet his priorities.

Whitehall ‘failing’ to meet target for land sales

24/07/2019

MPs have accused the Government of failing to meet its target for selling land to make way for new homes.

Highways jobs

Solicitor/Barrister Advocate - Children’s x4

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band I, SCP 44 - 47 (£46,564 - £49,538 per annum) (£24.14 - 25.68 per hour)
To act as the principal advocate for all aspects of advocacy legal work relating to the children’s social care in the county court and high court. Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury B69 3DE
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Business Support Officer

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band C, SCP 5 - 8 (£18,795 - £19,945 per annum) pro rata (£9.74 - £10.34 per hour)
The successful candidate will provide administrative business support to service teams within Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing. The Lyng, Health & Social Care Centre, Frank Fisher Way, West Bromwich, B70 7AW
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Legal Case Worker– Social Care

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Band E, SCP 18 - 25 (£24,313 - £28,785 per annum) (£12.60 - £14.92 per hour)
To facilitate the effective functioning of Legal Services, with responsibility for the co-ordination, preparing and monitoring of all case files. Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street, Oldbury B69 3DE
Recuriter: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

Customer Service Manager

Camden London Borough Council
Competitive
We’re looking for an innovative and people focussed Customer Service Manager Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Leisure Centre Receptionist

Brent Council
£21,591.00 - £22,377.00 p.a. (pro rata)
To work as a member of a team to provide high quality services which ensures the highest standard of customer care Brentford (City/Town), London (Greater)
Recuriter: Brent Council

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