Local government employees consulted over pay

Local government branches in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are being consulted over the pay claim for the next pay round.

 Smoking should be banned in new council homes, FPH proposes

Prof John Middleton, president of the Faculty of Public Health, has advised that smoking should be banned in some new council homes to protect the health of children.

Mayor donates 15 per cent of salary to homelessness

As his first act as the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham has donated 15 per cent of his salary to kick start the Homelessness fund.

 Corby Council to cut apprentices’ pay

Corby Borough Council is planning to cut the wages paid to apprentices so they are no longer earning the same as their instructors.

Suffolk Council to deliver £35,000 social prescribing pilot

Suffolk Coastal District Council has received £35,000 in funding to help deliver an innovative health project in Leiston, to help give people with long term health conditions non-medical support from the local community.

Metro mayors must support devolution agenda, think tanks says

IPPR North has called on the six elected Metro Mayors and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to unite to call for sweeping new powers over education, health and employment, with strong local checks-and-balances.

10 per cent of councils cut adult social care by a quarter

A new report by researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which analyses official spending data on councils’ social care spending has found one-in-ten authorities made cuts of more than a quarter.

LGA unveils 10-point plan to boost local services

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on all political parties to commit to a 10-point plan to boost vital local services, build homes, create school places, close skills gaps and drive economic growth.

Kent grammar schools hindering social mobility

A report compiled by Education Datalab has warned that the odds are stacked against children from disadvantaged backgrounds who apply for grammar schools in Kent.

CAP consults on tougher standards for broadband advertising claims

The Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) has published a public consultation seeking views on different options to strengthen the standards around broadband speed claims.

Local and mayoral election polls open

Polling stations opened at 07:00, Thursday 4 May, meaning a total of 4,851 council seats are available in 88 councils.

Irish border counties hold Brexit meeting

Councils along the Irish border are set to meet in County Fermanagh to discuss the impact of Brexit.

Cardiff Council generates £4.5m from motoring fines

New figures from Cardiff City Council have shown the authority has collected fines of over £4.5 million from parking and motoring offences in the past 12 months.

Metro mayors should focus on making regions cleaner and greener

A coalition of environmental organisations, including the National Trust and The Wildlife Trusts, the Campaign for Better Transport, the Green Alliance and the Campaign to Protect Rural England, have called on incoming metro mayors to take urgent action to make their city regions greener.

Waste crimes totalling £600m annually

A new report commissioned by the Environmental Services Association Educational Trust (ESAET) and the Environmental Services Association has warned waste crime in England incurs losses to the legitimate waste industry and the taxpayer of £604 million a year.

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