Combating Austerity: Signposting the ways Scotland could limit some of the damage

CombatingAusterity_Sep2015-thumbnail The Conservative Government’s austerity programme will result in around a further £2 billion of cuts to Scotland’s public services.

There is a broad consensus across Scotland that austerity is damaging to public services and the economy. UNISON Scotland is part of the campaign against austerity.

As part of combating austerity we should also look at practical ways in which the Scottish Government, councils, health boards and other public bodies can mitigate against the worst of the cuts to come.

This paper offers signposts to measures that would help combat austerity including:

o Contract buyouts and/or refinancing of expensive PPP/PFI projects;
o Refinancing of council and other public bodies debt;
o Imaginative use of council prudential borrowing and bonds;
o More efficient and effective use of local authority pension funds;

“Every sensible mitigation measure government and public authorities can
take reduces the number of job losses and damage to vital public services.”
Mike Kirby, Scottish Secretary, UNISON

Join us in combating austerity by campaigning and by limiting the damage

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