Increase workers' pay to improve care
Pay rises for adult social care workers can support local economies, boost recruitment and retention, and improve care, according to The Living Wage Foundation.
Unintended consequences of tax hikes
Heather Jameson says: 'Something that may appear straightforward – raising taxes to pay for care and capping the cost for the consumer – is fraught with unintended consequences.'
Not even a bronze!
Social care reforms are well short of the gold standard desired, expected and needed, says co-chair of the Future Social Care Coalition Phil Hope.
Three unions head to pay ballots
Unions have recommended members reject the pay offer tabled to local government workers.
The local government workforce: equal by default
The APSE Commission message is clear: we need a well-trained, properly rewarded workforce to meet local public services’ future challenges, says Heather Wakefield.
Time for an Olympic Gold Social Care System
Co-chair of Future Social Care Coalition Phil Hope presents five tests ‘most would agree need to be passed to some degree’ if any proposal the Government brings forward for the social care system is to be judged a success.
Building wealth from within
Tom Lloyd Goodwin traces community wealth-building from its origins 13 years ago to the present, to both deepen understanding of the approach and inspire the uninitiated to take their first steps.
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.
Council exit payments halved
The Government has revealed exit payments by English councils have more than halved in the last seven years.
Shropshire chief exit payment revealed
Shropshire Council has revealed its former chief executive received a severance payment of more than £124,000.
Chiefs receive lower pay offer
Council employers have offered an improved 'final' pay offer to staff but have offered council chief executives and chief officers a lower increase.
Commission calls for funding reset
Local government needs a ‘funding floor’ at an agreed percentage of national income, a report on the future of the sector has said.
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.
What can councils do to stand up for fair tax conduct?
This is Fair Tax Week. Rachel Bentley says councils across the UK need to lead the way on tax conduct and ensure their practices stand up to scrutiny.
Exit payments data made compulsory
The Government has made it compulsory for councils to provide data on exit payments.
George Floyd – ‘much more to do’ in London
One year on from the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Cllr Muhammed Butt reflects on the progress made on pan-London work to tackle racial inequality and injustice.
Unions reject 'insulting' council pay offer
Two trade unions have rejected the 1.5% pay offer from the national local government employers.
Council cuts top jobs to close funding gap
Two of Wyre Forest DC’s most senior officers are facing redundancy following a cost-cutting management review.
Employers offer 1.5% 'paltry' pay rise
Councils are facing a £279m increase to the national pay bill after offering 1.5m employees a 1.5% increase for 2021-22.
Council ‘outraged’ by Unite decision to continue bin strike
Thurrock BC has said it is ‘outraged’ workers in its waste and recycling department have decided to continue to strike.