Monday, May 27, 2024

Local government workforce shortages adding to service pressures

A LOCAL government workforce crisis is threatening vital local services – particularly relied on by those who urgently need support – with more than 9 in 10 councils experiencing staff recruitment and retention difficulties, a new survey reveals.

The Local Government Association, which represents councils across England, is today publishing its 2022 Workforce Survey which lays bare the scale of the issue.

It said significant staff shortages in local government risk having a serious impact on councils’ capacity to deliver services. It is also restricting their ability to help government meet key pledges, such as building more homes, boosting and levelling up economic growth and reforming adult social care.

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