PERFORMANCE RELATED PAY CHALLENGED BY HR PROFESSIONALS

Headlines: March 26th, 2015

Reward specialists and HR professionals have challenged the received wisdom about performance related pay with an alternative view that could significantly increase staff motivation with a better understanding of the science behind the impact of pay and reward on behaviour.

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THE END OF THE ASBO

Headlines: March 25th, 2015

Anti social behavior orders introduced in 1998 have been abolished. The ASBO was a civil order made against a person who had been shown to have engaged in anti-social behaviour. Whilst initially successful, they became, in the eyes of some recipients, a badge of merit and in some cases, the only certificate they had acquired.

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FREE WI-FI FOR LIBRARIES IN DEPRIVED AREAS

Headlines: March 18th, 2015

BT and Barclays today announced that they have teamed up to provide free wi-fi and hands on digital support at libraries and community centres in deprived areas across England.

The innovative community programme will see Wi-fi provided to 57 libraries and 13 community centres across the country. A further 10 sites, including a care home, a charity home and a homeless centre will also be provided with free wi-fi. Further sites will be announced at a later date.

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CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WARMS TO ECO FRIENDLY MATERIALS

Headlines: March 13th, 2015

Environmental arguments are starting to carry weight in the construction industry as projects are launched to replace traditional materials with straw and wood.

A housing development using the straw panels is to being built in Bristol. All 7 houses were built in 9 days – and can withstand hurricanes.

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COUNCIL TAX FROZEN BY HALF OF COUNCILS

Headlines: March 5th, 2015

New figures show that 231 councils have frozen council tax and they will take up the offer of additional central government funding. This number is just over half of councils.

The government has provided £550 million in extra Whitehall grants to local authorities that freeze their bills from this April.

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HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE JOINING UP IN MANCHESTER

Headlines: February 26th, 2015

Councils in Greater Msnchester are to be given a single budget to manage health and social care across the area.

The £6bn budget will allow Greater Manchester to integrate health and social care and provide a seamless service.

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COMMUNITIES WANT MORE CONTROL

Headlines: February 19th, 2015

The National Association of Local Councils has called for the next Government to bring in a series of measures to put communities more in control of their areas through stronger local democracy, fairer funding and more powers. ??

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UNIVERSAL CREDIT KEEPING TO REVISED TIMETABLE BUT CONCERN ABOUT FUTURE

Headlines: February 12th, 2015

The government’s flagship welfare reform, Universal Credit ,will be available in 1 in 3 jobcentres across Great Britain during the next three months. This is in line with the revised timetable published in November 2014. The original timetable has slipped by 2 years and full implementation is now expected in 2019.

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INTEREST FREE LOANS TO HELP CIVIL SERVANTS WITH TENANCY DEPOSITS

Headlines: February 11th, 2015

Whitehall departments have agreed to offer deposit loans to staff looking to take up new tenancies in the private rented sector.

The scheme, which works in the same way as a staff season ticket loan, will allow employees to borrow some of their salary upfront in order to pay for rental deposits, which is then repayable from salary payments over up to a year. It is available to be taken up in both the public and private sectors.

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SHARING SERVICES AT COMMUNITY LEVEL BRINGS SAVINGS

Headlines: February 10th, 2015

New research conducted by the National Association of Local Councils shows that it is not just counties and districts that are sharing services and saving money. Many of England’s smallest parish councils – often with less than 6000 electors – are doing so too and improving services as a result. This trend is becoming increasingly important as those councils acquire new services and responsibilities from upper tier councils.

The Association’s research has identified 12 case studies of smaller councils coming together to provide services ranging from better broadband to youth services, from community speed watch to economic development. By working together, often with their principal authorities, they can provide efficient services and fill the vacuum left by public sector cuts.

These examples include the Bridport Local Area Partnership between Bridport Town Council and ten neighbouring parishes which has looked at affordable housing, set up a development trust to bring facilities back into community use and set up a community orchard.

Road safety schemes in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Hampshire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire as well as councils coming together in Warwickshire to introduce faster broadband are further examples.

Cllr Ken Browse, chair of NALC, said: “These case studies collected across the country show that even the smallest parish and town councils can work together to provide local services and improve residents’ quality of life. I think we will see much more of this in the coming years as principal authorities devolve more services or cease to provide non-statutory services. It is hugely exciting time to be involved in the work of smaller councils who can really make a difference on the ground.”

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