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With parks and open spaces coming under increased threat due to cuts, readers reveal what’s happening in their areas

Assessment scheme adds to pressure on already overstretched social workers, says UNISON

The government should scrap plans to roll out its new assessment and accreditation scheme for social workers because it will take up valuable time that could be spent helping vulnerable families, says UNISON. Over nine in ten (93 per cent) social workers who took part in a recent UNISON survey say the National Assessment and […]

New offer that could settle Derby dispute to be put to school support staff, says UNISON

Strike action by Derby school support staff is to be suspended following a new offer from the city council, UNISON has announced today (Friday). UNISON will now recommend that its members across the city’s schools accept the offer. That offer will now be put to staff, and if they vote to accept the deal, the […]

Derby school support staff step up strikes as city council drags its feet, says UNISON

School support staff in Derby are to take all out strike action for five days starting next Monday (27 February) as the latest talks with the city council fail to reach an agreement, says UNISON. Next week is on top of the two days of action taking place this week (today and tomorrow), during which […]

UNISON responds to TUC analysis saying insecure work up by a quarter since 2011

Responding to TUC analysis published today (Tuesday) UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “Homecare workers are under severe pressure to provide top-notch – and often intimate – care, while building vital personal relationships with the people they care for. “But with many on zero-hours contracts, it makes it a lot likelier they won’t be regularly caring for the […]

Chancellor should use £2.4bn in unallocated business rates to ease the care funding crisis, says UNISON

The government could ease the social care crisis by handing councils back billions in surplus cash raised from business rates, says a report published today (Wednesday) by UNISON. The government expects to receive a £2.4bn windfall from business taxes next year, and for the two subsequent years. This is because it now receives more in […]