local government

Councils filling jobs with unpaid forced labour says Boycott Workfare

Fri, 03/01/2014 - 13:16 -- nick

Councils in the UK have used more than half a million hours of forced labour, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request has revealed.

Submitted by campaigning organisation Boycott Workfare, the response showed that 62% of councils which provided information had given work experience to unpaid unemployed people since June 2011.

Councils have cut nearly half-a-million workers during recession

Tue, 25/06/2013 - 13:20 -- nick

Councils in the UK have lost 416,000 jobs since the beginning of the government's austerity programme.

Zurich Municipal, the public sector insurers, also warns that less than half the likely total has been lost to date, with around 900,000 slated for unemployment by 2017.

This would represent 16% of all local government employees.

Many councils have moved into sharing services as a way of cutting costs, with at least 337 co-operating on 325 services.

Local schemes could cut youth unemployment by 20%

Mon, 04/02/2013 - 12:57 -- nick

Local authority-led schemes could reduce youth unemployment by 20%, new research has found.

A report by the Local Government Association (LGA) has taken evidence from the existing achievements of councils across the UK, and suggested that the reduction could be achieved in three years if local authorities were allowed more control in instituting employment programmes.

The move could result in savings of £1.25 billion a year to the taxpayer and contribute an additional £15 billion into the economy over 10 years.

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