Topic: HR, workforce and communications

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Better comms for better democracy

Democracy is difficult in the best of times, but when the polity is questioning governance, decision-making and accountability it becomes even harder. Local authorities have responsibility for running elections and by and large do an excellent job of managing registration, balloting and counting. But more could be done to make our democracy better by taking…

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
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Welfare Reform Update March 2019

What is the current state of the roll out of Universal Credit? We look here at two reports produced by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee on benefits sanctions and UC; and at what is known so far (very little) about the new Work and Health Programme.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Getting excited about better elections

It’s that time of year again! Our friends at Democracy Club are getting excited about local elections taking place for thousands of councillor positions across England and Northern Ireland this May. In this guest post, Joe Mitchell tells us what they’re getting so excited about.  At Democracy Club we’re thinking about how to bring democracy…

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
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Standards: recommendations for rigorous change

The Committee on Standards in Public Life has looked closely at the standards regime, and considers the significance of maintaining standards for the better governance of the council as a whole. It presents a stark warning that change is needed if councils are to retain a reputation for good governance.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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The local government officer – is it time for a change?

Local government is facing substantial challenges, leading to an increased need for its workforce to change and adapt. The skills and experience needed will be broader than the technical expertise that has historically stood many in good stead.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing
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The future of journalism

The news publishing industry has been losing readers and advertising revenue for much of the last decade. This contraction, resulting mainly from technological change and the way people consume news, is not just of concern to the journalists that it employs. It also has major implications for local democracy.

England & Wales, Global Briefing
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DfE Teacher recruitment and retention strategy and the Early career framework

The strategy aims to reduce workload at all stages of a teacher’s career, including further reform of the accountability system and provide specialist National Professional Qualifications. The Early Career Framework aims to transform support for teachers at the start of their careers, including an entitlement to a funded two-year support package.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Sexual harassment in the workplace: new responsibilities  

In its inquiry the Women & Equalities Select Committee heard that employer responsibilities are poorly understood, and its report recommends a shift in the burden for tackling sexual harassment at work from individuals to employers who would be under an obligation to take responsibility for changing behaviours at work.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Loose change: using behavioural insights to influence outcomes

This briefing outlines the principles of behavioural change, such as social psychology and behavioural economics, and how they can be applied in local government.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing With case study
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How healthy is our workforce?

What are the factors behind workforce sickness and what contributes to a healthy workforce? How can leaders and managers influence the content of any organisational health and wellbeing programme and how can they personally influence the culture of the organisation?

Scotland Briefing