Workforce, Pensions and Training

Review of Senior Civil Service pay not possible within ‘straitjacket’ of 1% pay cap

18.07.17: A union has today called for an end to the 1% public sector pay “straitjacket” to end, warning that the government’s review of Senior Civil Service pay will only have an impact if this happens. It follows ministers respond...

Unions hit back at chancellor describing public sector workers as ‘overpaid’

17.07.17: Unions have today slammed chancellor Philip Hammond for showing “arrogant contempt” to public sector workers after he reportedly said that they were “overpaid”. In a report leaked by the Sunday Times yesterday, five...

LG gender inclusion ‘going backwards’ as counties won’t be equal until 2065

13.07.17: Local government has been sharply criticised for its poor record for gender inclusion, as a report released today has found that only 4% of authorities have a maternity leave policy in place for councillors. This is one of a number of shock...

Ending public sector pay cap to cost £10bn a year, experts find

11.07.17: Ending the public sector pay cap will cost the government almost £10bn a year by 2021-22, an influential economic think-tank has revealed. Research published by the Resolution Foundation looked into what the cost and effects of ending...

UK Civil Service rated fourth in the world for effectiveness

10.07.17: The UK’s Civil Service has been rated the fourth most effective in the world in the Institute for Government’s (IfG’s)first international index of the sector worldwide. Collaborating with the Blavatnik School of Government...

Civil Service aims to be ‘most inclusive employer’ by 2020

03.07.17: By 2020 the Civil Service aims to be the most inclusive employer in the UK, delegates at the recent Public Sector Show were told. During his thought-provoking presentation, Rupert McNeill, chief people officer at the UK Civil Service, state...

Scottish ministers pledge to lift 1% public sector pay cap

03.07.17: Union members in Scotland have this week marked an important victory as ministers in Holyrood stated that the 1% pay cap on public sector pay would be lifted. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, finance secretary Derek Mackay said that the...

Reinventing local government

03.07.17: The time has come for councils to adopt a ‘changemaking’ culture in order to drive a radical reinvention in local government, argues Adam Lent, director at the New Local Government Network (NLGN). Local government is a strange p...

Refusal to end pay cap an ‘insult’ to public sector workers

29.06.17: Unison has claimed that the government’s decision to reject a Labour Party amendment to end the 1% public sector pay cap is an ‘insult’ to those working in the sector. The amendment to the Queen’s Speech, which also...

Greening promises to close DfE’s 5.3% gender pay gap

28.06.17: The Department for Education (DfE) has become the first government department to publish its gender pay gap, revealing a 5.3% difference between male and female employees. Compared to the UK’s national gender pay gap of 18.1%, which i...

Unions back Labour amendment to end public sector pay cap

28.06.17: Two of the largest public sector unions have given their backing to an amendment tabled by Labour which calls for more funding for the emergency services and an end to the sector’s 1% pay cap. Unison and the Public and Commercial Serv...

Union commits to divesting Scottish LG pension funds away from fossil fuels

26.06.17: A union has announced it will campaign for the divestment of its local government pensions away from fossil fuels over the next five years. Unison argues that the measures will be taken to reduce carbon emissions by moving pension funds awa...

Court rules government blocking of pension divestment boycotts unlawful

23.06.17: The government acted unlawfully by trying to block councils from pursuing divestment boycotts and sanctions against Israel through their pensions schemes, a court has ruled. Last week, PSE reported that campaigners for the Palestine Solidar...

One-third of civil servants looking to leave posts ‘as soon as possible’

20.06.17: Public sector managers have today called on the chancellor Philip Hammond, and new minister for the Cabinet Office, Damian Green, to urgently withdraw and revise the Treasury’s pay remit guidance for 2017-18. In a letter written by th...

Local government unions demand 5% worker pay increase

19.06.17: Unions have this week submitted a pay claim to local government leaders in an effort to narrow the growing gap between decreasing wages and the rising cost of living. A statement from three unions, Unison, Unite and GMB – who represen...

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Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

21/07/2017Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

The UK has a “fragmented” product safety and recall system that is putting people’s lives in danger, a major consumer watchdog ... more >
Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

21/07/2017Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

A deal worth £1.1bn to drive investment and address inclusion in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland area was yesterday signed by the UK ... more >
Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

21/07/2017Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

A London council has this week celebrated a landmark judgement which could see it recover up to £1.3m in regulatory and enforcement costs. ... more >

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15/06/2017Challenges remain

As PSE went to press, we were days away from finding out which political party or parties would be leading the country following Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election for 8 June.  Whoever enters the door at No.10, irrelevant of their political colour, is faced with serious challenges, from social care to the NH... read more >

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National policies won’t fix local problems

National policies won’t fix local problems

Andrew Carter, the recently-appointed chief executive of Centre for Cities, argues that the new government will only succeed if it focuses on implementing policies that are adaptable to place-bas... more > more last word articles >
Burnham: Early backlash against devolution is wholly unsurprising

13/07/2017Burnham: Early backlash against devolution is wholly unsurprising

It’s no wonder that there was a strong backlash against devolution from the very beginning given that the entire process looked like it was being shaped by the same “old thinking, old... more >
Roll-out of 100% business rates retention to LG by 2019-20 ‘unrealistic’

10/07/2017Roll-out of 100% business rates retention to LG by 2019-20 ‘unrealistic’

Meeting the target of rolling out 100% business rates retention nationally by 2019-20, which was set out by the last government, is now “unrealistic,” London Councils has stated. ... more >

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Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

19/06/2017Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

A number of local government leaders and figures have been named in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list. The list recognises the achievements of people across a number of different sectors by handing out awards for services to their respective fields. All in all, 1,109 people received an award this year, as 554 (50%) of peop... more >
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Changing our commissioning approach

03/07/2017Changing our commissioning approach

Michelle Atkinson, commissioning manager at Leeds City Council, explains how the local authority has changed its approach to commissioning homeca... more >
Reinventing local government

03/07/2017Reinventing local government

The time has come for councils to adopt a ‘changemaking’ culture in order to drive a radical reinvention in local government, argues ... more >
Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

03/07/2017Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

Kerry Hallard, the president of the Global Sourcing Association, argues that despite some highly-publicised cases of breakdowns in public sector ... more >
Harnessing data sharing in transport

30/06/2017Harnessing data sharing in transport

Simon White of Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) argues that the UK can be at the forefront of innovative mobility solutions if the government enc... more >

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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >

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