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Residents face losing essential services as council finance crisis deepens, say councillors

This new insight from those at the heart of decision-making on where money is spent – and axed from budgets – is deeply concerning.

Council workers pawning belongings to make ends meet, says UNISON

It’s shocking that so many people in jobs are still struggling financially and living in poverty.

UNISON puts pressure on Treasury to increase universal credit work allowance

The government must reverse its cuts to universal credit so that workers are allowed to keep more of the money they earn every month, says UNISON today (Thursday). Millions of workers on the minimum wage will only see a fraction of any increase, says the union, unless their monthly work allowance goes up too. This […]

Hospital workers celebrate as iFM Bolton agrees to pay NHS rates in full

The victory in Bolton should send a strong signal to any NHS trusts who think creating a wholly owned subsidiary will allow them to short-change their staff over pay

Plymouth City Council signs UNISON’s ethical care charter

Plymouth City Council will become the latest local authority to sign up to UNISON’s ethical care charter today (Monday). Council leaders will join UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis to formally sign the charter. The charter commits the Council to continue working with the city’s care companies to help them end zero-hours and reflect travel time […]

Treasury plans for public sector pay will ‘hammer’ workers, says UNISON

Commenting on media reports today (Monday) that the Treasury is planning a new approach to public sector pay, with wage increases based on performance and location, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “So-called ‘regional pay’ is a complete non-starter for public sector workers, who have already seen the value of their wages fall massively under […]

Extortionate parking charges and fines for health staff, patients and visitors must stop, says UNISON

Exorbitant hospital parking charges have increasingly become the norm in England because the NHS is so starved of funds.

Changes to the way universal credit is introduced are a sensible move, says UNISON

UNISON welcomes assurances that ‘in work conditionality’ will be put on pause

Further education cuts threaten sustainability of UK businesses, says UNISON

Further education should not be at the bottom of the pecking order when it comes to investment.

Staff with caring responsibilities need supporting at work, says UNISON

UNISON research shows parents and carers struggle to stay in work because of inflexible working conditions

UNISON responds to CQC State of Care report

Much more needs to be done to improve the social care sector and restore the dignity that’s lacking

‘Save the arts and libraries’ march goes through London cultural landmarks to Parliament

Cash-trapped councils across the country have had no choice but to cut back on culture and libraries spending in a desperate attempt to save core services

Food Standards Agency ends four-year-long hiring freeze

Dozens of meat hygiene inspectors will be hired

Birmingham City Council must stop burying its head in the sand, says UNISON

Hundreds of Birmingham care workers take strike action

Body parts stockpiling shows why crucial NHS services should never be privatised

It is simply horrific. It’s unlikely that such a distressing situation would have happened had the service remained in-house.

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