Ken Thornber, Leader of Hampshire County Council

Hants council on 'high pay'

Hampshire County Council leader Ken Thornber defends his authority, after TaxPayers Alliance criticises number of staff paid £50,000+.

Getting ready for winter

Kent County Council prepare their salt stocks and salting routes ahead of the big freeze.

Adoption waiting list closed

Hampshire County Council has closed its waiting list to adoptive parents who are only willing to take on one or two children.

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Danny Alexander MP in Eastbourne

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

With just over two weeks until the county council elections, the Chief Secretary to The Treasury, Danny Alexander, hit the campaign trail in the south east today. He came to Eastbourne, where the Lib Dems have achieved major success.

But the latest opinion polls suggest heavy losses for the party on May the 2nd. David Johns' report contains some flash photography.

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Councils urged to curb pay

The Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis has backed the Taxpayers Alliance. He says it's essential that councils get a grip on pay to ensure a fair deal for the taxpayers in their counties and in their districts.

He says local councils still have massive scope to cut costs to protect front line

services, and that the Local Government pay juggernaut must be halted.

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Check your council's tax plans for 2013-2014

The Local Government Chronicle's council tax blog is keeping track of tax proposals.

According to its chief reporter Ruth Keeling: "With several weeks to go until budgets must be finalised, we count 26 councils that have confirmed their intentions to increase tax levels.

"We expect this number to increase in coming weeks".

Read: LGC's blog to see up-to-date council tax intentions

Dispute ends for Southampton Council workers

Southampton Council workers have accepted a deal to end the long running dispute over pay cuts imposed by the City Council.

The workers have held a series of strikes since the dispute started back in February 2011.

Under the new deal workers will see their pay restored in stages and those made redundant as a result of the 2011 / 12 Council budget will receive a one off compensation payment..

“UNISON members have voted by a large majority to accept this settlement because it restores that pay which was cut by the previous Conservative administration. Council workers now face savage job cuts being forced on the Council by the actions of the Coalition Government in reducing funding.”

– UNISON Branch Secretary Mike Tucker

In return for the settlement, UNISON and Unite will withdraw all legal action against the Council and call off ongoing industrial action.

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