Councils on the brink

Coronavirus has seriously hit local government finances, but the scale of the problem has been years in the making. Demetrios Matheou and Simon Jackson investigate

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Blog: Is this the kind of community you want to live in?

Our local services face catastrophic cuts. Help us stand up for them and take action now

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‘Now is the time – have your say on pay’

Securing fair pay for hard-working members is UNISON’s top priority, as general secretary urges members to make sure their voices are heard

UNISON condemns ‘slap in the face’ for Scottish local government workers

Scottish unions write joint letter condemning Scottish Government’s failure to provide funding for proper pay rise

Fair pay for council and school workers

The forgotten frontline: council and school staff need a 10% pay rise

UNISON is calling for a 10% pay rise for all local government workers, as financial recognition for their commitment to public service

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Blog: Why this insult to council and school staff can’t be allowed to stand

The government must do the right thing by the people who have kept us going during the pandemic

Nominate your social workers of the year

Nominations close at midnight on Friday 23 July

Members protest fire and rehire at £73m leisure centre

‘A Labour-controlled council should not engage organisations that use fire and rehire to run its leisure centres,’ says UNISON branch

‘Attack is the best form of defence’ against cuts and pay freeze

Local government workers should be prepared to take the fight to ministers, conference agrees

Christina McAnea

Serious about levelling up? Let’s see the evidence

General secretary Christina McAnea addresses UNISON’s special local government conference 2021

Councils need a bold new vision to fund and deliver essential services

Delegates hear of the sacrifices staff have made to keep the country running during the pandemic

Local government conference remembers those lost to the pandemic

UNISON president leads delegates in a minute’s silence to remember the many who have died

Blog: Levelling up the forgotten frontline

Our local government workers deserve no less credit and applause than health workers – and they deserve fair pay now

UNISON research reveals scale of council deficits

Finances have been hit by increased spending to deal with COVID and a reduction in income because of the pandemic

Chesterfield Borough Council graphic celebrating agreement with UNISON

UNISON signs job protection deal at Chesterfield Borough Council

Following a UNISON campaign, over 1,000 workers at Chesterfield Borough Council have been given extra job security