Local government services

The pay and terms of conditions of employment for over 1.4 million local government services' workers is determined by the National Joint Council (NJC) for Local Government Services.

COVID-19 Advice

Some advice in the NJC circulars below may now be outdated. We believe that issuing supplementary circulars would create further confusion as they could also in time become outdated. Therefore, please regularly click the links contained in the circulars, and visit LGA Coronavirus: information for councils webpage to ensure you are aware of the most up to date advice.

The NJC for Local Government Services has 70 members: 12 on the employers' side and 58 on the trade union side.

In 1997, the NJC for Local Government Services agreed a national framework with potential for local modification to suit local service requirements. Known as The Single Status Agreement, these pay and conditions of service agreements are published in the Green Book.

We help councils develop a framework for their roles and responsibilities as employers. This covers the relationships between council employers and their employees, including individual rights and collective arrangements.

27 March 2020

The NJC has issued a further update on COVID-19 

23 March 2020

17 March 2020

The NJC has issued a further circular, this time containing advice relating to COVID-19 and working at home:

6 March 2020

The NJC has issued a circular with updated guidance on Coronavirus COVID-19:

25 February 2020

The NJC has issued a circular that provides an update on the ongoing review of term time working.

12 February 2020

The NJC has issued a circular that provides important advice about Coronavirus COVID-19:

6 February 2020

This circular provides an update on the national pay negotiations:

23 January 2020

The National Employers have issued an update on the 2020 pay round.

15 November 2019

The NJC has issued a circular about the bank holiday in early May 2020.

24 July 2019

The Trade Unions have submitted their pay claim for 2020. Councils will be consulted via regional pay briefings during September and October. Please contact your local regional employer organisation for details of the event in your area.

13 March 2019

National Agreement ‘Green Book’

The ‘Green Book' has been updated and we have issued two versions below; one showing all track changes, the other not.