Corbyn promises to tackle housing crisis
Jeremy Corbyn has promised that the next Labour government would tackle the housing crisis during a speech at a rally in Milton Keynes.
Union slams suspension of backdated social care ‘sleep-in’ staff payments
Whitehall action to prop-up social care providers has been criticised by local government’s largest trade union.
Scale of overtime revealed by union
A third of social workers regularly work unpaid overtime in order to keep local authority services going, a new study by the GMB trade union has found.
Government acts after sleep-in back pay ruling
The Government has responded after a tribunal ruling granted sleep-in support workers up to six years of back pay.
Pressure mounts on 1% pay cap
Local government employers are contemplating a two-year pay offer as they battle to keep rises affordable, The MJ understands.
Declining pay is an issue for both staff and chiefs
It seems like another era when communities secretary Eric Pickles lambasted council chief executives for earning ‘more than the prime minister.’
Cook to fill in when Cadman leaves
Suffolk CC’s corporate director of health, wellbeing and children’s services will step into the role of chief executive when Deborah Cadman leaves in September.
Why 1% is not an option
Heather Wakefield argues it’s time for the Treasury to put its hands in its pockets for vital workers in schools and councils.
Juggling George Osborne’s ‘little present’ on pay
A disproportionate share of low-paid workers makes town hall employers more exposed to a hike in wage bills than other parts of the public sector, exacerbating pay talks pressures, writes Jonathan Werran.
White Man Van on ... the pay cap
Right, here’s a simple economics lesson. It’s all very well giving public sector workers more pay but someone’s got to fund it all.
Public sector pay cap remains in force
The Government has held firm in the face of pressure for it to ease-up on below inflation pay awards for public servants.
Bring back business rates retention plans, government urged
The chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA), Lord Porter, has called on the Government to resurrect the dropped business rates retention scheme.
100% business rates retention legislation dropped
The Local Government Finance Bill has been dropped from the legislative programme, leaving plans for business rates retention in limbo.
Employers surprised at 'ambitious' 5% pay claim
Trade unions today demanded a ‘relatively modest’ pay rise of at least 5% in their claim for 2018/19.
Boost for women in equal pay fight
Thousands of low paid women have been given permission to proceed with their equal pay claims against Glasgow City Council.
White Van Man on . . . social care
Let’s face it, old people run this country ‘cos they’ve got nothing better to do in the day than go and vote, and the canny little sods make sure they vote for a party that feather beds their endless old age.
Future social care workforce 'at risk'
One in four social care staff are leaving the profession every year, a health charity has found.
Labour would introduce national care service
The Labour Party would move towards a national care service and halt sustainability and transformation partnerships if it won the election, according to its leaked manifesto.
TPA shows the cost of senior staff – not the value
The TaxPayers' Alliance Town Hall Rich List was, as ever, misleading. Heather Jameson points out how chief executives have witnessed their role change dramatically in the last few years.
You get what you pay for
Julie Towers explains why local government senior management pay should be everybody’s business.