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Councils and union clash over zero-hour contracts

Councils and union clash over zero-hour contracts

Councils have insisted on keeping the option of zero-hour contracts as Unison prepares to push the sector’s associations to back a campaign to abolish them.

Cities slam Government over clean air hold-up

England’s two largest councils have blamed the government for ‘significant’ delays to their plans to introduce charging Clean Air Zones (CAZs) to tackle air pollution.

Dundee calls for talks over strike threat

Dundee City Council has made an appeal to union members to return to talks following a vote in favour of strike action.

Care company dissolved by Suffolk CC

Councillors in Suffolk have voted to disband a wholly-owned care company.

Nine in 10 social workers hampered by austerity

Social workers say repeated cuts that have created a crisis in the sector, according to a trade union survey published today.

Welsh Government to simplify joint working between councils

A blueprint for joint working between councils is to be published by the Welsh Government.

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Opinion

Can Boris the Brexiteer revert to Boris the inclusive Mayor?

Councils and union clash over zero-hour contracts

Mike Burton has two questions. Will Boris bring some of his trusted former local government leaders to No 10 to give the support that proved so successful when he was Mayor? Will he, once elected by his Brexiteer party, swing back to the old Boris?

Measuring success is more than just boosting GDP

The past decade in local government has been dominated by pushing forward local economies, with subtle shifts in focus, but tirelessly chasing GDP, says Heather Jameson. But is there a new way?

Our chance to build

Tony Clements looks at the large-scale work Ealing LBC has embarked on to provide affordable homes, which is being mirrored by councils across the country, and says that in the shadow of crisis now is the time to show we can deliver.

Bring on the robots

AI could be a great time-saver in workplaces dealing with complex processes, writes Claire Fox, but making work robotic should not be confused with technology’s exciting potential.

Giving the sector a voice on AI

Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life Lord Jonathan Evans says Artificial Intelligence can revolutionise local government – but it must do so in line with standards that the public expect.

A campaign to dispel some of the myths about local government

Unison has launched a campaign this week to celebrate the work of council staff. General secretary Dave Prentis explains why.

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Best Practice

Dealing with disciplinary investigations

Dealing with disciplinary investigations

Serious disciplinary allegations against a chief executive or other statutory officer are never welcome news, say Sarah Lamont and Judith Barnes as they outline the mechanisms to be put in place and what councils will need to focus on.

Analysis

Breaking the non-disclosure habit?

Breaking the non-disclosure habit?

Non-disclosure clauses in employment settlements are often being used by employers to cover up complaints of harassment and discrimination, says a select committee report. To what extent is this the case in local government? Ann McGauran reports

Private sector

Jobs cull for Kier

Kier Group is to cut around 1,200 jobs and make savings of £55m over the next two years amid a planned sell-off of many of its commercial interests.

We need to change how we deliver change

Mike Gibson of Ethical Consulting asks: Why waste valuable resources on consultancy when surely we should develop new and valuable skills which we can draw on when needed?

From customer experience to thriving community

A design approach is still important to maintain, but the design rules for a community-centric approach can be fundamentally different to those of a customer-centric approach, says Dr Andrew Larner of iESE.