Government dismisses union's payout view
New Government guidance attempting to limit special severance payments (SSPs) contradicts advice Whitehall received from senior council officials and may be ignored, insiders have warned.
Minister wades into flexible working debate
Civil servants have been told to get back to the office even as local government increasingly moves towards flexible working.
Senior management workforce warning
Councils are increasingly struggling to recruit and retain senior managers due to demographic factors and relatively poor remuneration packages, sector workforce experts have warned.
National industrial action prospects over pay fade
A nationally-coordinated wave of industrial action over this year’s pay claim looks increasingly unlikely as the outcome of trade union ballots emerged.
ALACE, the perils of print
Diary is all too familiar with the perils of print.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: Jenrick's exit payment intervention
Communities secretary Robert Jenrick personally intervened to strengthen the Government’s proposed crackdown on councils’ use of exit payments, The MJ has learned.
Storm brewing over exit payment data demands
Government demands for details of senior staff pay-offs have been branded ‘particularly pernicious’ and unfairly aimed at local government.
Council chiefs ask for matched pay rise
Council chief executives have asked for the same pay rise as will be awarded to the rest of local government staff in 2021-22.
Split emerges as exit pay cap case approaches
Divisions have emerged between the Local Government Association (LGA) and groups challenging the exit pay cap.
High Court to hear four exit pay cap legal challenges
Another trade union has been granted permission to challenge the public sector exit pay cap at the High Court.
Exit pay cap judicial review hearing granted
A judicial review hearing into the public sector exit pay cap will take place in March.
Exit pay cap legal proceedings begin
Council workers face an anxious wait as legal proceedings have been formally launched against the Government over its exit pay cap.
Welsh may escape exit pay cap
Welsh workers could be spared from the Government’s strict public sector exit pay cap.
Government doubles down on exit pay cap
The Government has entrenched its position on its exit pay cap, raising the likelihood of a confrontation in the courts.
Unions pile on pressure over exit pay cap
More organisations are preparing legal action to challenge the Government's cap on public sector exit pay.
Legal action threatened over exit cap
Three local government groups have joined together to threaten a judicial review over the Government’s £95,000 cap on public sector exit payments.
Confusion as exit cap voted through
The public sector exit cap was last night voted through the House of Commons, sparking avoidable confusion.
Council workers warned of ‘assault on pensions’
Legislation making its way through Parliament could have dire consequences for the pensions of local government employees across the board, a union has warned.
Putting the spotlight on pension strain
Since the proposals for an exit payment cap of £95,000 emerged, ALACE has consistently argued that pension strain ‘should not be counted or should be counted in a fair way’, says Tracey Lee.