Liverpool auditor seeks corruption investigation
Calls have been made for further investigations into the extent of alleged bribery and corruption at Liverpool City Council.
How to attract the best talent
2021 was quite a year for local government recruitment, especially in social work, says Sonia Tanda. She explains some of the ways to attract the best candidates.
The market for leadership talent in 2022
Sam Ellis and Frazer Thouard look at the landscape for public services over the coming year, and highlight key prioities for organisations, as the sector embarks on a ‘war’ for talent
Omicron wave hits council services
Staff shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are taking their toll on council services around the country.
Royal recognition for LGA
Senior figures from the Local Government Association (LGA) have received awards in the Queen’s New Year Honours.
City council hit by suspected cyber attack
An investigation is underway into a ‘cyber incident’ at Gloucester City Council.
Pay.UK: the next step in Bacs’ evolution
Pay.UK was created to bring together the UK’s foremost payment schemes, including Bacs, in 2018. Chief payments officer Dougie Belmore explains how the company is committed to supporting the the needs of all those who rely on its crucial systems.
HMJ: Home care services facing ‘invisible crisis’
A think tank has warned that as many as 110,000 people could lose out on home care by April 2022 due to staff shortages.
Spotting the signs of dysfunction in a hybrid team
The move to hybrid working has resulting in a seismic shift in working practices, the greatest we have seen in the past 20 years. But as Frazer Thouard asks, how will new leaders perform in this alternative way of working?
Councils battle to prevent 'lost generation'
Children’s services directors have said they face a challenge to avoid the emergence of a ‘lost generation’.
Thurrock job cuts not enough to balance books
Cutting one in four jobs will not be enough to cover the budget gap at Thurrock BC, officers have concluded.
Birmingham could face new equal pay claims
Birmingham City Council is facing an equal pay ‘crisis,’ a trade union has warned.
Councils have 'irreplaceable' role in levelling up
Councils are ready to work with central government to deliver change in communities, president of chief executives' organisation Solace, Joanne Roney, has said.
Benefits teams overcome COVID challenges
Most councils in Scotland maintained or improved benefits services during the COVID-19 pandemic while battling short staffing and technological issues, a report has found.
More unions announce strike ballots
Two more trade unions have moved a step closer to industrial action after members rejected the latest pay offer.
Call to give care staff priority access to fuel
Ministers have been urged to introduce emergency measures to ensure social care staff can get fuel for their cars.
Increase workers' pay to improve care
Pay rises for adult social care workers can support local economies, boost recruitment and retention, and improve care, according to The Living Wage Foundation.
Derbyshire to abandon collective leadership
The council is set to appoint a permanent managing director after four years in a management overhaul.
Time to give frontline staff the things they deserve
The perfect storm of Brexit and coronavirus has impacted on the UK in a number of different ways – including the steady supply of staff for low paid jobs.
Penna view: Now is a great time to recruit
What has changed when it comes to recruiting staff post-pandemic? Andrew Tromans looks at some of the issues - and opportunities - when it comes to getting the best staff