Cutting 91,000 civil servants: ‘Efficiency’ at what cost?
Against a backdrop of unprecedented strain, it is difficult to see how a radical reduction in civil service numbers will increase efficiency or improve the quality of public services, says Lucy Woods.
Social care reforms to cost £26bn
New research has found social care reform costs will exceed Government estimates by £10bn but ministers have rebuffed calls for more funding.
Sharing a passion for supported internships
Edwina Grant shares her experience of supporting young people with autism and learning disabilities at Lancashire CC, and her belief in the importance of other councils and companies getting involved with the transition to work programme.
Local Government Research Centre under threat from job losses
The future of the Local Government Research Centre (LGRC) is under threat following the announcement of jobs restructuring and redundancies at De Montfort University (DMU).
Devolve powers to tackle jobs crisis, council leaders urge
Local authority leaders have called on the Government to devolve more powers to councils to free them up to tackle the growing jobs crisis.
Future Forum: Sector must take lead on diversity
Councils should ‘think outside the box’ when recruiting to senior positions, The MJ’s Future Forum has heard.
Green jobs are the route to shared prosperity
Groundwork’s Growing Green Careers report sets out a number of principles designed to address both worklessness and environmental injustice, writes Graham Duxbury.
Closing the digital skills gap
Simon Collinson looks at how to widen the talent pool and bridge the digital skills gap in the UK public sector.
Finding talent to fulfil your green ambitions
The sector has been leading the charge in promoting the climate agenda with a host of green initiatives, but none of this will work if the right people are not in place to implement them.
Pension pool chief announces departure
Mike O’Donnell has held the role at the London Collective Investment Vehicle for the last three years.
London’s continuing uncertainty over UKSPF
Cllr Nesil Caliskhan says London boroughs waited in vain for an update in the spring statement on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and concerns remain that the capital will lose out.
Future Forum North: Investment in skills ‘comes without guarantees’
Investment in improving skills and qualifications ‘comes without guarantees’ that workers will stay local rather than move away once qualified, a council chief told Future Forum North.
Council demands assurances following P&O sackings
Thurrock BC’s cabinet held an emergency meeting at the weekend after 800 ferry workers lost their jobs.
No green shoots from the Spring Statement
Sarah Longlands says that Westminster may be retreating to a pre-COVID state of policy inertia on the cost of living crisis, but there is no reason why local government should follow.
London chief switches boroughs
Newham LBC chief executive Althea Loderick has been named as the new chief of Southwark LBC.
Chief executive calls time on 40-year career
Braintree DC chief executive Andy Wright has announced he is to retire after almost four decades in local government.
Net zero culture war
A localist and levelling up aligned approach to decarbonisation is all that stands between us and the threat of a net zero culture war, writes Jonathan Werran.
It is not surprising councils' position in the job market is eroding
Local government colleagues report difficulty in recruiting auditors, revenues and benefits staff, accountants at all levels, as well as lawyers, IT and HR staff, says Tony Kirkham.
Southampton announces acting chief executive
Mike Harris will take over from the current chief executive, Sandy Hopkins, who will be leaving the council later this month.
Standing out from the Piel
Barrow BC wasn’t kidding when it described its latest job vacancy as a ‘unique opportunity’.