Seemingly unrelated reports published in May and June highlight growing pressures on the public sector workforce. The first, commissioned by UNISON, looks at the impact of funding reductions, job losses and pay restraint on the workforce in local government. The second, a research report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and Westfield Health, considers the increasing numbers of employees in all sectors who are also carers, and the extent to which employers are making provision to help them cope with the stresses of combining working and caring responsibilities.

Steve Vale, HR Consultant, looks at the key issues raised in these reports.

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