FCSA: Planned changes to public sector intermediaries legislation not a ‘silver bullet’
Aug18

FCSA: Planned changes to public sector intermediaries legislation not a ‘silver bullet’

  The Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has submitted its official response to HMRC outlining its concerns if IR35 proposals for the public sector go ahead.  The association has included some alternative solutions for HMRC to consider. The planned new rules will apply to all businesses that supply individuals to the public sector if they are not paid via RTI payroll, i.e. freelancers, interims and...

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Contractor survey: IR35 reforms will ‘decimate public sector’ & won’t increase revenue
Aug11

Contractor survey: IR35 reforms will ‘decimate public sector’ & won’t increase revenue

ContractorCalculator, an online resource that provides expert advice and information to contractors every month, has released the results of a survey which found that Government services will be decimated if proposed reforms to IR35 in the public sector go ahead. They learned that 80% of contractors plan on abandoning the sector rather than accepting a contract inside IR35. The Government will also lose out on £115m in taxes and could...

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New report reveals gender equality at senior levels can be achieved in a major employer
Jul28

New report reveals gender equality at senior levels can be achieved in a major employer

With a near-equal gender mix at the top of their organisation, Lewisham Council has successfully overcome the continuing gender pay and position inequality that still persists in many organisations across the UK. A new Institute for Employment Studies (IES) report investigates how Lewisham, with 56 per cent of those in senior grades female and a pay gap slightly in favour of women, has achieved this. Although many organisations have...

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Head of voluntary sector disability group warns, “the future funding for adult social care is very bleak”
Jul14

Head of voluntary sector disability group warns, “the future funding for adult social care is very bleak”

This week saw the release of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) 2016 budget survey. The annual ADASS Budget Survey is an authoritative analysis of the state of adult social care finances drawn from the experiences of current leaders in adult social care. It provides in-depth intelligence on how adult social care is responding to the multiple challenges of meeting increased expectations and need, whilst...

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EU call for legal protection for whistle-blowers
Jul08

EU call for legal protection for whistle-blowers

The EU have this week called for more legal protection for whistle-blowers (individuals who may break confidentiality agreements to leak information in the public interest). The debate arose after “Luxleaks” whistle-blowers Antoine Deltour and Raphaël Halet were recently convicted by a Luxembourg court for having revealed favourable tax deals granted to multinationals by the Luxembourg authorities. The consensus of MEPs in...

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New law signals the end of 6-figure exit payments
May26

New law signals the end of 6-figure exit payments

Michelle Sutherland of MacRoberts explains how provisions of The Enterprise Act 2016 are set to impact on exit payments in the public sector in England. The Enterprise Act 2016 became law this month. It aims to promote enterprise and economic growth and covers a wide range of topics. As well as including provisions on the appointment of a Small Business Commissioner for businesses with less than 50 employees and an obligation on...

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Report slams NHS staffing levels & ‘incoherent’ plans for 7 Day NHS
May12

Report slams NHS staffing levels & ‘incoherent’ plans for 7 Day NHS

The Public Accounts Committee report, published yesterday, has called for an urgent review of NHS clinical staffing in England, raising serious concerns about supply, budgeting, agency costs and leadership. The Committee concluded that “national bodies need to get a better grip on the supply of clinical staff in order to address current and future workforce pressures”, stating that “no coherent attempt” has...

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​​Nursing students celebrate the life of the Lady with the Lamp
May11

​​Nursing students celebrate the life of the Lady with the Lamp

Twenty-four nursing and midwifery students from Northumbria University have been invited to Westminster Abbey today to take part in a major ceremony commemorating the life and legacy of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. Nightingale was commonly known as ‘The Lady with the Lamp’ after tending to wounded soldiers during the Crimean War. In 1860 she established the world’s first nursing school at St Thomas’ Hospital in...

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How HR Management from Pit Lane Crews is saving Pre-term Infants
May10

How HR Management from Pit Lane Crews is saving Pre-term Infants

In a perfect example of how different teams can impart HR knowledge to each other,  F1 Team Williams has been assisting the neonatal unit at the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) in Cardiff by bringing Formula One pitstop know-how to help in the resuscitation of newborn babies. Williams’s pitstops have been a real success story for the team in 2016, recording the fastest stops of any team at each of the first three races of the 2016...

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Survey: Public Sector still using manual spreadsheets for Financials
May06

Survey: Public Sector still using manual spreadsheets for Financials

Almost 90% of public sector finance professionals are still using manual processes for managing at least part of their budgeting and forecasting processes, with the majority still relying on Excel spreadsheets. This is a according to a new survey by Advanced, a leading software solutions provider, and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). The survey of 170 people revealed that only 10% have implemented...

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How HR can manage the new NHS whistleblowing policy
Apr20

How HR can manage the new NHS whistleblowing policy

The new NHS whistleblowing policy is not going to be easy for HR teams to implement and manage. It’s not through lack of commitment by trusts, but enforcing a set of standards fine-tuned to a specific trust, will be a considerable challenge. Ben Western, public sector business development manager, at Software Europe, provides advice on how trusts can navigate the new policy and provide tips for getting started. The arrival of the...

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ONS announce £17m for Newport Centre of Excellence
Apr13

ONS announce £17m for Newport Centre of Excellence

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have announced plans for an Economics Centre of Excellence and Data Science Campus in Newport. The new projects will help the UK to build world-leading expertise in data science and to benefit from faster, richer and more precise economic data. This investment signals a big sigh of relief for Newport.  The PCS Union raised concerns about Newport jobs last year when an interim report recommended...

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HR Manager of the Year: James Devine
Apr08

HR Manager of the Year: James Devine

James Devine, Deputy Director of HR and OD at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital was named HR News’ first HR Manager of the Year at an awards presentation in Bridgend, South Wales earlier today. The event saw some of the UK’s best HR Managers past and present and some of the best HR leaders in South Wales.  Leader Mark Hendy also announced the launch of a new South Wales HR network which is due to take place on...

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Overcoming NHS administration nightmares in employee relations
Apr05

Overcoming NHS administration nightmares in employee relations

With increasing staffing challenges, widely reported high rates of sickness absence and continuing financial pressures, NHS HR teams are under more pressure than ever before. However like many other public sector bodies, the teams are often relying on out of date technology to manage employee disputes, which can often make a difficult situation worse when inevitable disputes arise. Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has...

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Lanarkshire Council: Sickness Absence costs £2.8 Million in 3 months
Apr04

Lanarkshire Council: Sickness Absence costs £2.8 Million in 3 months

A meeting of North Lanarkshire Council’s Policy and Resources (Human Resources) sub-committee for the last three months of 2015 heard that the cost of sickness absence payments made to council staff whilst off work could reach a whopping £2.8 million – that’s without taking into account the cost of overtime and/or temporary cover as their colleagues struggled to cover the workload. Whilst the figures sound scary,...

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