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.
Top civil servant opens up on asylum challenge
A senior Whitehall official has admitted she has a ‘knot in my stomach most days’ as she grapples with the unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) influx.
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.
Police make first Grenfell arrest
Detectives investigating the fire have arrested a man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
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.
Northern Irish legal case could set precedent across UK
Northern Irish councils have suggested local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales could benefit after a ‘landmark’ legal case.
EXCLUSIVE: Leaked report warns sector less ready for Brexit transition
Local government is less ready for the end of the transition period than it was for a no-deal Brexit last October, a Whitehall document leaked to The MJ has warned.
Whiteman criticises 'reckless' council
A council has been criticised for making the first dive into the swaps market decades after a scandal involving Hammersmith & Fulham LBC.
Grenfell council bullying claims denied
Allegations of a ‘culture of bullying’ within the building control department responsible for overseeing Grenfell Tower have been denied.
Picking up lessons from poker
Nick Graham explains why local authority decision-makers should play more poker, and listen to their lawyers.
Spelthorne assets have 'continued to perform well'
A council criticised for borrowing millions of pounds to strike deals has said its assets have ‘continued to perform well’ despite the COVID-19 downturn.
A very blunt instrument
Carolyne Willow says it is to this Government’s shame that it found time to carry out a ‘massive deregulation project during COVID-19, yet failed to introduce any legal protections for over 6,000 looked-after children in unregulated accommodation’.
Government intervention threat over code flouters
The Government has warned councils could be subject to statutory intervention if they continue to ignore the prudential framework.
Pre-winter Crisis call
More funding and emergency legal changes are ‘critical’ so local authorities can continue to support people in safe and secure accommodation, the chief executive of homelessness charity Crisis has said.
Council leaders told to start preparing for self-isolation support scheme
English council leaders have been asked to start preparing to implement financial support for people who are required to self-isolate until the end of January.
Pay boost for care workers following tribunal
A group of homecare workers have been awarded £100,000 in backdated pay in a tribunal ruling that could have further implications for the sector.
Tribunal rules foster care workers entitled to employee rights
A UK tribunal has ruled that foster care workers are council employees and therefore entitled to employment rights.
Council-run developer defends closure decision amid whistleblowing claims
The Northumberland Council-run developer at the centre of whistleblowing allegations has defended a decision that has led to a multi-million pound legal claim.