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  • East Midlands Council Feeds: Local Government Pay 2018
    The National Employers have today (5.12.17) made the attached pay offer to the NJC local government unions which includes changes to the national pay spine from 2019.   A meeting will be taking place with trade unions nationally on 13th December 2017 as part of national negotiations.
  • East Midlands Council Feeds: HS2: Good Local Rail Connectivity Vital
    Council leaders meeting at last Friday’s East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board re-affirmed the importance of good local rail connectivity to the proposed HS2 Hub Station at Toton – and strongly opposed any plans to slow down rail services between Derby and Nottingham to serve the new station. The news comes after media reports cited...
  • East Midlands Council Feeds: The Social Mobility Commission and 'State of the Nation' report
    The effect of chronic underinvestment in the region was perhaps emphasised by the publication SMC’s 5th ‘State of the Nation’ report (available here). It paints a grim picture for the region and highlights a striking geographical divide with London and its surrounding areas pulling away from the rest of the country, while...
  • East Midlands Council Feeds: East Midlands Declaration on Infrastructure Funding
    East Midlands Declaration on Infrastructure Funding At the East Midlands Infrastructure Summit on 27 November 2017, Cllr Kay Cutts, Leader Nottinghamshire County Council, Sir Peter SouIsby, City Mayor, Leicester City Council; Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Lilian Greenwood MP, Sir John Peace, Chairman, Midlands Engine; and Natalie Gasson, Chair...
  • East Midlands Council Feeds: EMC HR Bulletin November 2017
    The latest edition of the EMC HR Bulletin is available from below EMC HR Bulletin November 2017 This month we provide an update on national pay developments, following announcements on increases to the National Living Wage and Living Wage Foundation rate.  We also provide a link to slides from the recent HRMC webinar on...
  • East Midlands Council Feeds: HS2 EAST - THE UK's GOLDEN THREAD
    An independent technical report published today by HS2 East has concluded that over 60% of the wider economic benefits of Phase 2 will be delivered on the eastern leg of HS2. The high speed connection will unlock potential, creating additional jobs and opportunities to benefit millions of residents in the surrounding regions. The...
  • East Midlands Council Feeds: South Kesteven District Council Retain the Challenge title
    East Midlands Local Authority Challenge 2017 - The Results Thursday 16 November East Midlands Councils held the East Midlands Local Authority Challenge at Donington Race Track. 78 people from 13 teams from across the East Midlands took part in the challenge and competed for the coveted prize of the Local Authority Challenge East Midlands...
  • East Midlands Council Feeds: EMC HR Bulletin, October Edition
    This month’s bulletin gives information on a regional-level plan of work for EMC as an employers’ organisation as well as joint work with trade unions over the forthcoming year.  The learning and development section includes a snapshot of forthcoming events, including details of a webinar being provided by HMRC specifically...
  • East Midlands Council Feeds: East Midlands LA Challenge 2017
    On 16 November 13 teams from local authorities in the East Midlands will take part in the East Midlands Local Authority Challenge. This year the awards East Midlands Local Authority Challenge Winners for 2017 Best Chief Executive Best Residents’ Magazine Best Presentation Best Partnership Working award Authorities taking...
  • East Midlands Council Feeds: Regional Infrastructure Funding
    Council Leaders write to MPs about concerns on Regional Infrastructure Funding.  MPs Letter - October 2017 Levels of Public Investment in the East Midlands

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  • La Tomatina Festa Buñol
    Having really enjoyed the last few fiestas, we decided we would go to Buñol for the tomato fiesta La Tomatina. No-one knows for sure how this fiesta started and there are many stories, from two men starting a food fight in a restaurant that spilled out onto the streets, to a local housewife attacking the […]
  • The Jumilla Wine Fiesta -La Vendimia de Vino
    The small inland town of Jumilla is an important focal point for the major wine producing industry in the area and this annual event where hundreds of litres of free wine is given away is a thank you from all the bodegas and commercial vineyards. Last nights fiesta has to be one of the craziest […]
  • How to make Chicken and Rabbit Paella
    The original paella valenciana probably dates to the early 1800s and the earliest kinds of paella were products of purely available local ingredients. Today paella is made in every region of Spain, using just about any kind of ingredient that goes well with rice. In our area of inland Costa Blanca, the most widely accepted […]
  • The Farmer and The Donkey- A Moral Story
    One day a farmer’s donkey fell down a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to work out how to get it out. Finally, he decided the animal was old and as the well needed to be covered up, it just wasn’t worth trying to retrieve the donkey. He asked all […]
  • Spontaneous Spanish Smileys
    You may or may not have heard of Spontaneous Smiley, a project created by photographer Ruth Kaiser in which anyone can share photos of smiley faces they see in everyday objects. On a day out around Alicante we found a few of these smileys hidden in various buildings along the way. Maybe now you’ll spot some too!
  • The Use of Olive Oil in your Beauty Treatments
    The olive tree has been cultivated for more than 3000 years and much of the crop is used to  make oil for cooking Now you can learn the secrets of olive oil that have made it such a favorite with Mediterranean beauties who have relied on it to help maintain good heath, a fresh dewy […]

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The East Midlands Regional Assembly has met for the last time before being abolished.

The assembly, which had its final meeting on Friday, includes MEPs, business representatives, and local politicians nominated from councils.

It was launched in Leicester in 1998, but is now being scrapped along with seven other assemblies in England. BBC

  • Local Government Pay 2018
    The National Employers have today (5.12.17) made the attached pay offer to the NJC local government unions which includes changes to the national pay spine from 2019.   A meeting will be taking place with trade unions nationally on 13th December 2017 as part of national negotiations.
  • HS2: Good Local Rail Connectivity Vital
    Council leaders meeting at last Friday’s East Midlands HS2 Strategic Board re-affirmed the importance of good local rail connectivity to the proposed HS2 Hub Station at Toton – and strongly opposed any plans to slow down rail services between Derby and Nottingham to serve the new station. The news comes after media reports cited...
  • The Social Mobility Commission and 'State of the Nation' report
    The effect of chronic underinvestment in the region was perhaps emphasised by the publication SMC’s 5th ‘State of the Nation’ report (available here). It paints a grim picture for the region and highlights a striking geographical divide with London and its surrounding areas pulling away from the rest of the country, while...
  • East Midlands Declaration on Infrastructure Funding
    East Midlands Declaration on Infrastructure Funding At the East Midlands Infrastructure Summit on 27 November 2017, Cllr Kay Cutts, Leader Nottinghamshire County Council, Sir Peter SouIsby, City Mayor, Leicester City Council; Rt. Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Lilian Greenwood MP, Sir John Peace, Chairman, Midlands Engine; and Natalie Gasson, Chair...
  • EMC HR Bulletin November 2017
    The latest edition of the EMC HR Bulletin is available from below EMC HR Bulletin November 2017 This month we provide an update on national pay developments, following announcements on increases to the National Living Wage and Living Wage Foundation rate.  We also provide a link to slides from the recent HRMC webinar on...
  • HS2 EAST - THE UK's GOLDEN THREAD
    An independent technical report published today by HS2 East has concluded that over 60% of the wider economic benefits of Phase 2 will be delivered on the eastern leg of HS2. The high speed connection will unlock potential, creating additional jobs and opportunities to benefit millions of residents in the surrounding regions. The...
  • South Kesteven District Council Retain the Challenge title
    East Midlands Local Authority Challenge 2017 - The Results Thursday 16 November East Midlands Councils held the East Midlands Local Authority Challenge at Donington Race Track. 78 people from 13 teams from across the East Midlands took part in the challenge and competed for the coveted prize of the Local Authority Challenge East Midlands...
  • EMC HR Bulletin, October Edition
    This month’s bulletin gives information on a regional-level plan of work for EMC as an employers’ organisation as well as joint work with trade unions over the forthcoming year.  The learning and development section includes a snapshot of forthcoming events, including details of a webinar being provided by HMRC specifically...
  • East Midlands LA Challenge 2017
    On 16 November 13 teams from local authorities in the East Midlands will take part in the East Midlands Local Authority Challenge. This year the awards East Midlands Local Authority Challenge Winners for 2017 Best Chief Executive Best Residents’ Magazine Best Presentation Best Partnership Working award Authorities taking...
  • Regional Infrastructure Funding
    Council Leaders write to MPs about concerns on Regional Infrastructure Funding.  MPs Letter - October 2017 Levels of Public Investment in the East Midlands