• Unions plan for January pay claim

    28 November 2023

    Local government trade unions are aiming to submit their next one-year pay claim in January, The MJ understands.

  • Department's financial views questioned

    14 November 2023

    Levelling up civil servants have told council chiefs financial pressures have eased but watchdogs have warned other Whitehall departments may be driving local government’s costs.

  • Gove's pay plan dismissed as 'unnecessary gimmick'

    07 November 2023

    Communities secretary Michael Gove’s embryonic plan to require full councils to approve top salaries has been dismissed as an ‘unnecessary gimmick’ by sector figures.

  • Senior salaries could face crackdown in King's Speech

    07 November 2023

    Plans to curb senior council salaries could be included in the King’s Speech, due to be announced later today.

  • DLUHC to be hit by real term budget cuts, think-tank warns

    06 November 2023

    The levelling up department is to be hit by real term budget cuts over the next five years despite buoyant tax revenues, a pre-Autumn Statement report from the Resolution Foundation think-tank has warned.

  • New offer in pay dispute

    03 November 2023

    More money has been offered in the hope of averting strike action by Scottish Unison members.

  • South Cambs issued Best Value notice over four-day week

    03 November 2023

    The Government has issued a Best Value notice to South Cambridgeshire DC following 'concerns' about its trial of a four-day working week.

  • Council chiefs to receive 3.5% pay increase

    02 November 2023

    Local authority chief executives will receive a 3.5% salary increase backdated to the beginning of April after agreement was reached on this year’s pay award.

  • Government crackdown on four-day week

    26 October 2023

    The Government is exploring measures to ‘ensure the sector is clear’ four-day weeks should not be pursued.

  • Is equal pay really local government’s ticking time bomb?

    18 October 2023

    With equal pay under increasing scrutiny, Gordon McFarlane outlines the best practice the sector should follow to monitor, flag and address any issues.

  • Unison rejects Scotland’s 10% pay offer

    16 October 2023

    Unison members in Scotland today rejected local government employers’ latest pay deal, which would have seen the lowest-paid staff receive a 10% wage boost.

  • Birmingham agrees job evaluation scheme

    12 October 2023

    Birmingham City Council has agreed to implement a new job evaluation scheme in a major step towards meeting its £750m equal pay liabilities.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Unions delay next steps discussion

    25 September 2023

    Trade unions have agreed to reconvene to discuss their next steps on the ongoing pay dispute within days of GMB’s strike ballots closing, The MJ understands.

  • Unite suspends strike

    22 September 2023

    The trade union Unite has suspended a planned three-day strike across education and local government in Scotland after receiving a ‘serious’ pay offer from employers.

  • Unions reject latest COSLA offer

    14 September 2023

    The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has warned trade unions face a choice between ‘real cuts to jobs and services’ and increased pay.

  • Council expands four-day week trial after fresh call to end

    14 September 2023

    A four-day week trial at South Cambridgeshire DC will expand despite local government minister Lee Rowley again calling on the council to end the pilot.

  • Workers protest over pay

    11 September 2023

    Workers staged a protest at the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Smith Square headquarters to ‘lay bare the reality of a decade of pay cuts and mismanagement’.

  • Thurrock in U-turn over pay rise

    31 August 2023

    Councillors at debt-ridden Thurrock Council have been forced into a U-turn after refusing to sanction a pay rise for senior officers.

  • Councils urged to check pay policies following tribunal

    24 August 2023

    Councils could be at risk of breaking the law on pay to senior officers in the wake of Croydon LBC’s recent tribunal loss, employers have warned.

  • Employers reject fresh unions' pay bid

    24 August 2023

    Local government employers have knocked back a bid from the unions for an improved pay offer, insisting their current proposition remains ‘full and final’.