HWLincs Anticipatory Care Survey
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LALC’s Networking Day and Shining Stars Awards!
Please see below the poster and booking form detailing our fantastic Annual Networking Day and Shining Stars Awards Ceremony.
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EMPLOYMENT MATTERS COUNCIL NEWSLETTER – MAY 2022
Post Pandemic Burn Out in the Public Sector and New Ways of Working
A report from the Institute for Public Policy Research has found that 400,000 workers have left employment during or following the pandemic. Poor health or caring responsibilities being cited as one of the main reasons. Further research by Towergate Health and Protection found that 90% of Public Sector Employers believe that staff need more wellbeing support following the pandemic. 40% were concerned about mental health of their staff, and over half said Employees would benefit from this type of support.
The most vulnerable workers have been women with young children who appear to have carried the burden of balancing constantly shifting home and work commitments. The challenge of school closures, additional caring responsibilities and home working had blurred the boundaries for them between home and work. This had resulted in confused communication and an inability to rely on traditional work-based support.
However, its not all bad news. Home and hybrid (a combination of home and office) working have now become common place following the pandemic, and a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development found that hybrid working had increased Employee productivity by 43%. The benefits of being able to combine work and home commitments, when properly managed, had resulted in more commitment, less time travelling and higher productivity. The end of the uncertainty caused by the Pandemic, such as short notice school closures, had removed the challenges that had been experienced between 2020/21. Research by the Open University and Public Service Executive has found that 90% of Council and Local Government staff were more committed and less likely to leave a job if they could combine office and home working.
The new challenge is to ensure Councils can provide the technology, as well as skills to use that technology, to ensure hybrid working is effective and accessible to all, where practical.
For twenty eight years Employees had a legal entitlement to request hybrid working, (S 80 F (1)(iii) Employment Rights Act 1996). The introduction of improved and new technology has made this a more practical option which has made it more difficult for Councils to refuse reasonable requests from Employees.
Chris Moses LLM Chartered FCIPD is Managing Director of Personnel Advice & Solutions Ltd. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and has a Master’s Degree in Employment Law. If you have any questions regarding these issues please feel free to contact him on (01529) 305056 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Practitioners’ Guide 2022
2022 version of the Practitioners’ Guide
Press release from NKDC: Ukraine Visa Apps open 210322
|North Kesteven District Council, District Council Offices,
Kesteven Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7EF
Invitation to open Lincolnshire’s first doors to Ukrainian refugees
As the first stages get underway today (Friday, March 18) in connecting would-be hosts with Ukrainian refugees seeking sanctuary in the UK, everyone seeking to offer help and assistance is asked to be patient as more detail on the resettlement process emerges.
While it is not clear how many Lincolnshire residents have answered the call to freely offer up accommodation to house those fleeing from their war-torn country, it is known that there has been a generous expression of support and goodwill.
Nationally more than 120,000 people registered within the first 24 hours of the Homes of Ukraine appeal going live – and more registrations can still be made at: Homesfor Ukraine.campaign.gov.uk.
Today, (Friday) where people know an individual or family with whom they wish to connect, the Visa application process has opened. This is for the hosts or the refugees to identify their named connection and begin the process of being matched; in anticipation of securing a resettlement link and undergoing various police, safeguarding, health & safety and property checks.
As more information and guidance emerges, it is not yet known when the subsequent process for people who do not have an identified person in mind as host or guest will begin.
In the meantime the network of Lincolnshire councils, police, public bodies and charitable and community organisations working up Lincolnshire’s welcome is continuing to put everything in place, in readiness for the arrivals.
Councillor Richard Wright, Leader of North Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire representative on the East Midlands Migration Board, said he understood and shared the frustration of people who felt things were not moving fast enough, but assured everyone that there was significant activity underway.
“We know there are hundreds, if not thousands of Lincolnshire people, opening up their hearts and homes in response to this dreadful humanitarian crisis and I thank everyone for all that they are doing, giving, donating and putting in place.
“I know that it’s frustrating, because we all want to do the best we can, but I encourage everyone to be patient and wait on the next set of guidance. It makes sense to start with matching people who already know each other or have a connection, to get them placed and begin supporting them as soon as we can. Following this first phase I’ve no doubt that the Government will move forward as fast and as securely as it can,” he said.
“Meanwhile, here in Lincolnshire, we are working together at pace to prepare to welcome Ukrainian refugees as part of Phase 1 of the Homes for Ukraine Scheme. While we await more detail on how the resettlement scheme will be applied, this hasn’t stopped us joining up to develop plans and put in place effective partnership arrangements to oversee the local response.
“Our initial focus is on providing links to local services, developing local donations and appropriate property and safeguarding checks.”
A further process through which UK or Ukrainian nationals living in the UK who have direct family connections can reach out to offer refuge in their homes is in place. Details at www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-a-ukraine-family-scheme-visa
As the refugees arrive and settle in Lincolnshire, there is a network in place to ensure connections are made for all the advice and support they need, as well as statutory services such as healthcare, education, benefits and council services. This is operated through the county-wide Wellbeing Lincs service. Ukrainian arrivals or their hosts can connect by email to: Ukraine.Wellbeing@e-lindsey.gov.uk or call on 01507 613044 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Thursday; 10am to 4:30 pm Fridays.
A first of its kind within the country, there is also a fund dedicated to supporting those arriving in Lincolnshire, set up by the Lincolnshire Community Foundation at www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/LincolnshireCF-Ukraine . Every penny received will go towards helping people who come to Lincolnshire for resettlement, helping the new arrivals to access transport, broadband and digital resources, access to leisure facilities, vouchers for toys, etc.
An overview on ways to help in respect of the Ukraine situation can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/news/ukraine-what-you-can-do-to-help
The Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) launched the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal to raise funds for food, water, medicine, protection and trauma care for people in Ukraine and those arriving in neighbouring countries. Government has pledged to match donations.
General Briefing GB1-22 UKRAINE
The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has joined the Local Government Association (LGA) in endorsing a statement from the political leadership of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), which strongly condemns the multiple attacks and violations of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
STAR Council Awards 2022
NALC has announced that it will be rerunning the Star Councils Awards this year to recognise the achievements of the local (parish and town) council sector.
As the only awards in England recognising the contribution local councils make to their communities, the Star Council Awards 2022 are an opportunity for local councils, councillors, young councillors, clerks, and county associations to showcase how they are making a change in their communities.
The five award categories this year are:
- Clerk of the Year
- County Association Project of the Year
- Young Councillor of the Year
- Councillor of the Year
- Council of the Year (public vote)
Cllr Keith Stevens, NALC chair, said: “The sector has shown brilliant commitment to its communities by stepping up to support them through the pandemic and was shown in a record number of entries last year. In 2022, we [NALC] want the awards to be even bigger! I urge anyone who knows community champions doing incredible work during the last year to put them forward for an award.”
The nomination period ends on 27 May 2022, and the winners will be announced at an online ceremony later this year.
NJC Pay agreement April 2021
28th February 2022
LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICES PAY AGREEMENT 2021-22
Agreement has been reached on rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2021.
Employers are encouraged to implement this pay award as swiftly as possible. The new pay rates are attached at Annex 1. The new rates for allowances, uprated by 1.75 per cent, are set out at Annex 2.
The NJC has agreed to recommence the review of Term-Time Only working arrangements, which was paused at the outbreak of the pandemic.
The NJC has also agreed to enter into discussions on homeworking policies, mental health support and maternity etc leave.
Backpay for employees who have left employment since 1 April 2021
If requested by an ex-employee to do so, we recommend that employers should pay any monies due to that employee from 1 April 2021 to the employee’s last day of employment.
When salary arrears are paid to ex-employees who were in the LGPS, the employer must inform its local LGPS fund. Employers will need to amend the CARE and final pay figures (if the ex-employee has pre-April 2014 LGPS membership) accordingly. Further detail is provided in section 15 of the HR guide which is available on the employer resources section of www.lgpsregs.org
UPDATE 4th March 2022 Full document including rates of pay tailored for local councils E01-22-national-salary-award-2021-22
Civility and Respect project newsletter
February 2022 newsletter.