25 September 2019
New analysis shows that councils’ spending on youth services in England has been reduced by 69 per cent in a decade.
28 June 2019
More homeless people die in the areas with the biggest council cuts, a new study suggests.
28 June 2019
New figures revealed by the trade union Unison at its annual conference in Liverpool show that a quarter of council jobs have been lost since 2010.
31 May 2019
Local government spending on services has fallen by more than a fifth over 10 years, according to a new report.
27 May 2019
Essex County Council is facing fierce protests against cuts to its library service. A demonstration in Chelmsford on 8 June is the latest action to keep the pressure on the council.
2 May 2019
Customer service assistants employed by Sandwell council have won a big pay rise after the council backed down in a grading dispute.
10 March 2019
Government is reducing the amount it pays out to local authorities. Services are cut or the shortfall is made up by increases for council tax payers, further damaging public services that people rely on.
11 February 2019
Millions around the country are experiencing every day the consequences of a political system that has washed its hand of the people and handed control over to the European Union, the market, or both.
13 January 2019
The maintenance backlog for council-owned road bridges in Britain increased by a third in the past year, with billions needed to bring all structures up to standard.
22 November 2018
The government may have announced the end of “austerity” – but Birmingham City Council must find £86 million in savings in the next four years.
6 November 2018
Attempts to undermine Brexit abound. One of the more insidious strands is the growing panic-mongering evident in some quarters.
8 October 2017
Bin workers in Birmingham have been in dispute about job losses for over three months. The strike restarted in August after the council went back on a settlement. Action is suspended for now, but the dispute is not over yet. The people of Birmingham should defend their high quality collection service.
23 February 2017
A multimillion-pound scheme to develop land around Millwall Football Club in south London is unravelling thanks to the concerted efforts of the club, its supporters, a fanzine and a locally based newspaper journalist.
12 February 2017
Successful strikes by IT workers at Glasgow City Council have halted the attempt to privatise £400 million worth of services.
9 March 2016
The Trade Union Bill will soon to become an Act. This may even save local government trade unions from another fiasco over the so-called fight for pay in this year’s pay round.
21 January 2016
Unison, Unite and GMB are now consulting their members over the Local Government Association’s two-year pay offer of 1 per cent a year. Once again, rhetoric is outpacing reality.
13 January 2016
The Centre for Policy Studies, regarded by the late Margaret Thatcher as her favourite think tank, has produced the blueprint for the next government attack on the Local Government Pension Scheme.
12 October 2015
In yet another attack on civil liberties, the government has announced plans to to change the law so that councils may only disinvest, boycott or adopt sanctions if the action is in line with government policy.