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The Government has been accused of "taking a scalpel" to the pay of health workers by refusing to give an across the board wage rise. Increases of 1% will be given to some staff in the NHS, as well as to members of the armed forces, doctors and dentists, senior…
Labour's flagship jobs guarantee would be in place throughout the next Parliament, paid for by a bank bonus tax and a squeeze on high-earners' pension pots, the party said. The pledge to include a five-year help package for the long-term unemployed in the 2015 general election manifesto comes less than…
A new report from Skills for Care in partnership with the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) reveals a 7% decrease in the number of adult social services jobs in councils in England. The Personal Social Services: Staff of Social Services Departments, England report uses National Minimum Date Set…
The aim of this working paper is to provide information about the working conditions and in-service training opportunities of early childhood education and care (ECEC) workers and to describe how these factors are linked to outcomes for children. This paper is part of the research project ‘Assessing childcare services’ being…
More men must be recruited into the care sector to ensure there is an adequate workforce to meet the needs of future soaring numbers of older people requiring care. A study published by the think tank, International Longevity Centre-UK (ILC-UK) and care provider, Anchor, has predicted a shortfall of 718,000…
A new Unison Scotland survey of workers who look after the elderly and vulnerable in their own homes, lays bare the challenges and problems they experience. The majority of home care staff polled believe the service is not sufficient to meet the needs of those they care for, in terms…
Up to 1,000 probation officers are expected to appeal against jobs assigned to them under a shake-up of the rehabilitation service in England and Wales. A total of 119 of 553 appeals have been successful so far, the National Association of Probation Officers (Napo) said. But the total number of…
An independent review of workplace policies involving trade unions, businesses, academics and government is to be led by a former enterprise minister. Jim Mather will chair the review which will provide recommendations to improve workplaces through co-operation between unions and employers. The group will look at ways to enhance productivity…
Birmingham social services management and other children protection agencies have been accused of having a ‘tendency to blame social workers’ when things go wrong in a review of the city’s failing service. The Local Government Association carried out the assessment of the council’s children’s services department in December to guide…
Two thirds of London boroughs are yet to be accredited as London Living Wage employers; of the third that are accredited there has been slow progress in applying fair wages to the contracted-out social care sector. In its Fair Pay report released today, the London Assembly’s Economy Committee revealed how…
Members of the union Unison at the social care charity Choice Support have voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over changes to pay. Sixty-eight of 80 Unison members balloted last week among the charity’s workforce in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, voted to walk out in a row over…
The bid to improve Norfolk’s children’s services department could be boosted by the creation of an ‘academy’ to produce social workers at the University of East Anglia. The council says it is in discussions with the UEA to develop an ‘academy’ approach to recruiting large groups of newly qualified social…