Workforce, Pensions and Training

Unions table 5% ‘pay justice’ claim for council craftworkers

12.12.17: The GMB and Unite unions have put forward claims for a 5% pay increase for public sector craftworkers. The deal would see tens of thousands of workers have their hours set at 35 a week, while receiving an additional day’s holiday. ...

Over a million council employees get 2% pay offer

05.12.17: Local government employers have announced a two-year pay offer for council workers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland which goes above the 1% pay cap for the first time since 2013. The deal is expected to affect over 1 million people an...

Transport giant becomes first to consolidate LGPS assets under one £1bn pot

30.11.17: A major transport operator has become the first private sector employers to consolidate its funds within the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) in a landmark £1bn decision. FirstGroup, which operates bus and train services across...

UK ‘civic core’ needs diversity boost to keep public services afloat

30.11.17: The UK’s current ‘civic core’ –the people who participate in activities such as responding to consultations about local services, engaging in democratic processes or playing a direct role in decision-making by becoming a...

Pay cap has taken £8.5bn from the public sector this year

21.11.17: Union bosses have warned that a total of £48bn has been taken from public sector pay wage budgets since the government took over in 2010, with £8.5bn this year. Research by the TUC shows that England’s 50 poorest parliamen...

‘Long overdue’ council pay rise to cost Treasury just half of original estimate

17.11.17: Higher council employee wages would save the Treasury money, Unison has claimed. New research published by the major union has argued that the government would save half of the cost of the pay rise called for in the 2018 pay claim put to the LG...

Somerset council plans to cut 300 jobs over next two years

16.11.17: Bath and North East Somerset Council (BNES) announced it needs to make £16m of savings over the next two years due to government funding cuts and rising demand. Its staff have been informed that 15% of the 2,000-strong workforce will...

Private giant government lead named new Surrey council CEO

16.11.17: Surrey County Council has announced a new chief executive, joining the authority from private-sector giant KPMG. Joanna Killian, former Essex County Council chief, will be subject to Full Council approval before taking over the organisation...

Council considers slashing 40 jobs amid £13m spending cut

13.11.17: Newcastle City Council has put forward proposals to slash funding by £13m in the next year, alongside plans to raise council tax. The council also says that 40 jobs are likely to become redundant, as leaders outlined plans to meet spe...

Jeremy Hunt to announce Excellence in Health Creation Awards winners

13.11.17: Now in its second year, the New NHS Alliance (NNHSA) 2017 Excellence in Health Creation Awards is still open for entries. The awards celebrate the work of individuals and organisations that are leading the way in delivering health crea...

CCN: Councils should be given greater powers to deal with local labour shortages

06.11.17: Devolution of powers to county councils could help deal with future labour and skills shortages, says the County Councils Network (CCN). A report from think tank Localis, supported by the CCN, suggests that nine out of 10 locations most at...

‘Shocking’ figures reveal that one in 10 council workers receive below living wage

03.11.17: One in every 10 council workers are receiving a salary that is below the national living wage according to UNISON. The public workers union has called on the government to increase council funding to a level where every worker can receive a...

How to professionalise Whitehall

01.11.17: With the challenge of Brexit and growing pressures on public services, it is more important than ever that a series of ambitious reforms to the Civil Service modernises the way government works, argues Julian McCrae, deputy director at the Insti...

Derby could hire new manager on £155,000 despite senior level changes

30.10.17: Derby City Council could employ a new ‘director of corporate resources’ on £155,000 a year despite increasing cuts and many authorities combining roles to save cash. The council recently changed its management structure to...

Council considers axing 400 jobs to cover £30m funding gap

25.10.17: Swindon Borough Council has warned that it could get rid of over 400 jobs in order to account for a lack of funding from central government. The council has called the scheme the ‘Swindon Programme’ and maintains that it is abou...

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Government must encourage council scrutiny ‘culture change’

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The government has to encourage a culture change within local councils in order to improve the quality of overview and scrutiny plans. The C... more >
London council to cut sick pay in cash-saving bid

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A London council has proposed to stop paying sick pay for the first three days in a bid to save money. The GMB has called Hillingdon Council&rsq... more >
Burnham announces major 2018 GMCA transport overhaul

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The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has announced a major overhaul of the region’s transport network. Burnham said problems... more >

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25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this... read more >

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The importance of openness after Grenfell

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Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the o... more > more last word articles >
Dorset council merger strengthened as authority withdraws opposition

14/12/2017Dorset council merger strengthened as authority withdraws opposition

Purbeck District Council is to withdraw its opposition to the reorganisation of Dorset’s councils. This week the council has agreed to write to Sajid Javid, communities and local governmen... more >
Staffordshire council CEO suspended following general election controversy

28/11/2017Staffordshire council CEO suspended following general election controversy

Two officers from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council have been suspended following the results of a review into almost 1,500 people who were unable to vote in the general election. The con... more >

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Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

11/12/2017Whole of government must act together to fulfil the ambition of the Industrial Strategy

Jen Rae, head of innovation policy at Nesta, says the aims in the government’s new Industrial Strategy are ambitious, but will require a shift in policymaking in order to be realised in full. Last Monday saw the long-awaited launch of the UK’s new Industrial Strategy, the government’s plan for prosperity and growth in a ... more >
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Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

14/12/2017Introducing the Facilities Management Marketplace

The new Facilities Management (FM) Marketplace will be an opportunity to streamline the process of buying key services whilst propping up new ent... more >
Meet Pepper, the social care robot

14/12/2017Meet Pepper, the social care robot

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has become the country’s first local authority to fully exploit the benefits of robotics in social care by ... more >
Quality, not quantity, is what matters

14/12/2017Quality, not quantity, is what matters

Luke Sibieta, research fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the Education Policy Institute, takes a look at the impact of the apprentic... more >
NCSC: A new and adventurous agenda

11/12/2017NCSC: A new and adventurous agenda

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), reflects on the lessons learned during the first year of the governm... more >


Are we taking a risk on education?

14/12/2017Are we taking a risk on education?

Adrian Prandle, director of economic strategy and negotiations at the National Education Union (NEU), questions the stark lack of announcements a... more >
A fantastic opportunity awaits you

11/12/2017A fantastic opportunity awaits you

Eight months on from the government’s announcement of major training reforms, Anne Milton, minister for apprenticeships and skills at the D... more >
This is Manchester, we do things differently here

10/12/2017This is Manchester, we do things differently here

Joanne Roney OBE, chief executive of Manchester City Council, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the region’s pioneering plans f... more >
Andy Burnham: the crisis unfolding in front of our eyes

10/12/2017Andy Burnham: the crisis unfolding in front of our eyes

With homelessness on the rise across the country, politicians in central and local government are desperately looking for new solutions. Andy Bur... more >

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