We work with councils and their partners to help create a workforce able to respond to major changes within the public sector.
We have the very latest information and advice for managing the local government workforce in relation to COVID-19.
We will update these pages regularly and also provide information via the Workforce Team twitter account on @LGAWorkforce.
- Annual employment law virtual conference – Thursday 22 April 2021, 9.45am to 12.30pm.
- Local government exit pay – The legislation implementing the £95k cap on exit payments came into force on 4 November 2020. However, on 12 February 2021 HM Treasury published a Treasury Direction disapplying the cap with immediate effect, along with guidance on how exit payments which were capped during the period when it was in force should now be handled. The Welsh Government has confirmed that, in their view, the exit cap no longer applies to payments made by devolved Welsh authorities.
February 2021 blog: Apprenticeships are increasingly vital to local government… and the LGA can help you improve your offer – Jamie Saddler, Apprenticeships Adviser at the LGA, reflects on the importance of apprenticeships to councils, how they can 'Build the Future' of local government, and how the LGA can help with that.
Time to talk day, 4 February 2021 – Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC) councillors share personal stories on the importance of having conversations about their mental health challenges.
The Prime Minister announced on Monday 4 January 2021: Colleges, primary and secondary schools will remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until at least February half term. Higher Education provision will remain online until mid-February for all except future critical worker courses. Early Years settings remain open. Special Schools remain open. For the full text, go to education and young people and school teachers.
As councils respond to the new national lockdown, we remind you of our guidance issued previously in National Joint Council circulars which remains relevant, particularly those from March 2020. In addition, our COVID-19 employment law and workforce FAQs have been updated to reflect the new national circumstances and the rollout of the vaccine.
A checklist for recruiting overseas teachers under the new immigration system from 1 January 2021 As we transition towards leaving the European Union on 31 December 2020 schools workforce colleagues may find this information helpful.
The LGA's guidance on the Job Retention Scheme is updated regularly
- LGA COVID-19 workforce survey summary reports are collated here. Councils can access their own and comparative data in LG Inform.
The Modification order
The primary significance of the Order is in relation to redundancy.
Responding to the COVID-19 recovery: building organisational development capacity in local government
The LGA and North West Employers are working together to support council’s OD professionals in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Timewise Councils Initiative
Supporting organisations to drive cultural change and best practice on flexible working, as a way to retain and attract the best talent, and maximise their performance.