The UK's first 'cheat line' for people to inform on employers paying less than the minimum wage is being launched by Kingston upon Hull City Council. Residents and staff in Hull can call anonymously and the information they provide will be passed on to the Inland Revenue for investigation.
The Institute of Public Relations local government group has launched plans to improve the profile and career prospects of council press officers.
They include new training courses and a crisis support network for press officers to share information and offer advice.
Chair of the IPR local government group Carl Welham said: 'Our aim is to give the support, training and encouragement that people need to make the most of the fantastic opportunities our sector offers them.'
Members of Unison have lobbied Kent CC over plans to privatise 'back office' services including finance, personnel and IT. The lobby of 250 people was told that since Kent privatised its payroll department costs had spiralled. Speakers also criticised a lack of consultation.
Unison has called on the public to end abuse of public sector workers.
Jim Devine, Unison's Scottish organiser, warned of the rising tide of abuse.
He said: 'A recent survey showed a 22% increase in violent attacks against health service workers over a 12-month period.'
Local housing statistics published by the government revealed that more than 100,000 households were homeless in 1999/2000.
The figures showed that 53,000 council homes were sold in the same period.