• Time to break the barriers

    20 February 2024

    Nicola Chiverton argues there is more to be done in key areas such as social inclusion if the sector is to make a success of tackling its workforce crisis.

  • Sector should adopt national branding campaign to boost workforce

    05 February 2024

    Local government should adopt a national branding campaign to recruit and retain staff amid a worsening workforce crisis, the County Councils’ Network has urged.

  • Council hands police file on £1m pay-outs

    02 February 2024

    A file relating to allegedly unlawful exit payments to managers at Northumberland CC has been handed to police.

  • DLUHC claims four-day week council saw spike in agency staff

    30 January 2024

    South Cambridgeshire DC’s controversial four-day week trial is under fresh scrutiny after data revealed a spike in agency work and opponents challenged costs.

  • Sunderland care workers in equal pay dispute

    26 January 2024

    Female care workers in Sunderland are taking legal action against the city council in a row over equal pay.

  • Council set to halve sick pay

    26 January 2024

    Southend Council is planning to halve the amount of sick pay given to staff in a move Unison has described as ‘callous’.

  • A Faer Point

    23 January 2024

    'If we want employees to thrive and equip them with a clear sense of mission, we need to provide the tools, environment, development and support to do it', says partner at Faerfield Jason Wheatley.

  • Attracting the next generation of local government stars

    23 January 2024

    Luke Judd of Starfish Search reflects on a discussion they had with the ‘rising stars’ of local government as part of their Top Talent series run in conjunction with The MJ.

  • Four day week clampdown a 'slippery slope'

    23 January 2024

    A senior local government figure has struck back at Government efforts to curb the adoption of a four-day working week by councils.

  • Mumsnet urges councils to publish parental leave policies

    18 January 2024

    Parenting campaign group Mumsnet is calling on local authorities to publish their parental leave policies in a bid to help job seekers.

  • Councillor-officer relations coming under pressure

    20 December 2023

    Relations between councillors and officers are being tested by the increasing financial pressures faced by local authorities, a new report has found.

  • Eliminating legacy: empowering public sector HR, finance, and payroll

    12 December 2023

    With impending regulation and public sector bodies razor focused on cost-cutting, integrating and adapting to new technology is becoming ever more crucial, says Anton Roe.

  • Don’t get trapped by cutting your training

    15 November 2023

    Council services need to change with the times and investing in training is the only way to compete for the best and brightest people to improve your borough, writes Cllr Rowan Ree.

  • Inexcusable: The woeful state of diversity

    15 November 2023

    After shameful research highlighted the woeful lack of diversity in the local government workforce, Nazeya Hussain and Chris Naylor challenge the sector to speed up the painfully slow progress being made.

  • Menopause in the workplace

    08 November 2023

    Starfish Search’s Lorraine Payne and Sunita Patel look at the importance of breaking down the stigma around menopause for a more inclusive and empathetic workplace.

  • Councils are benched in the King’s Speech

    08 November 2023

    It is disappointing to see nothing to resolve the woes of the sector in the King's Speech, says Heather Jameson – 'or to indicate councils may just provide some of the solutions for national issues'.

  • 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 looks to address £100m ‘black hole’

    01 November 2023

    Somerset Council is considering measures, including reducing staffing and cutting services to statutory levels, to cover a £100m funding gap.

  • Shaping the post-pandemic workforce

    30 October 2023

    The Society of Personnel and Development Scotland (SPDS), which represents HR professionals across most of Scotland’s 32 councils, meets this week for its annual conference in St Andrews. Outgoing president Jane Fowler and incoming president Elaine Barrie outline the workforce challenges.

  • 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.