Disruption warning as unions ask for pay talks to resume
Unions have urged council employers to return to the negotiating table with an improved pay offer amid warnings that months of disruption could lie ahead.
Dropping chief 'like shooting ourselves in the head and both feet'
A cross-party committee at Arun DC questioned the need to replace outgoing chief executive Nigel Lynn.
Research shows drop in council pay over past decade
Frontline staff in local government have had their pay fall by around £1,500 in real terms over the past decade, new research has revealed.
Let councils be responsible for their own decisions
We should shine a light on council payouts – sort out the audit regime which is currently failing so desperately – and let councils take responsibility for their own actions, says Heather Jameson.
EXCLUSIVE: Councils brace themselves for local government exit pay cap
Councils are bracing themselves for the return of exit pay cap proposals as Whitehall officials draw up plans specific to the sector.
Councillors to discuss 'unlawful' payoff to ex-chief behind closed doors
Pembrokeshire CC councillors are expected to discuss an ‘unlawful’ decision to strike a £95,000 settlement agreement with former chief executive Ian Westley behind closed doors.
More unions announce strike ballots
Two more trade unions have moved a step closer to industrial action after members rejected the latest pay offer.
Michael Gove sets out his stall for levelling up
Michael Burton says the vision levelling up secretary Michael Gove touched on for the policy at the Conservative Party Conference implies the need for more resources if necessary - 'which may not please the chancellor'.
Unison warns of strike action over pay
Trade union Unison has warned of future strike action unless local government employers improve their pay offer.
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.
Unintended consequences of tax hikes
Heather Jameson says: 'Something that may appear straightforward – raising taxes to pay for care and capping the cost for the consumer – is fraught with unintended consequences.'
Not even a bronze!
Social care reforms are well short of the gold standard desired, expected and needed, says co-chair of the Future Social Care Coalition Phil Hope.
Three unions head to pay ballots
Unions have recommended members reject the pay offer tabled to local government workers.
The local government workforce: equal by default
The APSE Commission message is clear: we need a well-trained, properly rewarded workforce to meet local public services’ future challenges, says Heather Wakefield.
Time for an Olympic Gold Social Care System
Co-chair of Future Social Care Coalition Phil Hope presents five tests ‘most would agree need to be passed to some degree’ if any proposal the Government brings forward for the social care system is to be judged a success.
Building wealth from within
Tom Lloyd Goodwin traces community wealth-building from its origins 13 years ago to the present, to both deepen understanding of the approach and inspire the uninitiated to take their first steps.
Why we want chief executives to be treated fairly
The offer of a 1.5% pay increase for chief executives is ‘a move away from arrangements that have successfully operated since 2016’, says Ian Miller.
Council exit payments halved
The Government has revealed exit payments by English councils have more than halved in the last seven years.
Shropshire chief exit payment revealed
Shropshire Council has revealed its former chief executive received a severance payment of more than £124,000.
Chiefs receive lower pay offer
Council employers have offered an improved 'final' pay offer to staff but have offered council chief executives and chief officers a lower increase.