National Care Service campaign

The Scottish Government is putting a Bill through Parliament to set up a National Care Service (NCS), the bill leaves profiteering at the heart of care, and will outsource a huge range of functions; all of social work and social care out of councils, and an unknown number of responsibilities out of the NHS.    This threatens the employment and pensions of tens of thousands of workers, and meaning a huge sum of money will be spent on structural change rather then on improving services.

This page will be a hub for UNISON Scotland’s information and resources about UNISON Scotland’s campaign to have the current Bill withdrawn and for the Scottish Government to start again and come up with plans for aa real national Care Service.

We are asking all UNISON members to contact their MSPs, many of whom are still unaware of what the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill contains.

  • You can email your MSPs using this one click link here.
  • UNISON Scotland has prepared a short guide to the Bill, its main provisions, and the implications of a measure that is an unequivocal attack on the idea of publicly delivered public services. You can view the guide here.
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e brief The National Care Service Bill & the NHS

The National Care Service (Scotland) Bill is being considered by the Scottish Parliament. This e brief looks at the implications ...
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Press Release

Fund third sector organisations properly or risk a new wave of strikes, warns UNISON

UNISON Scotland has written to the Scottish government today (Friday) calling for an urgent funding injection for the third sector ...
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National Care Service Bill – A brief guide

The Scottish Parliament is currently considering the National Care Service (Scotland Bill). UNISON Scotland has prepared a short guide to ...
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National Care Service (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 Scrutiny: UNISON evidence

UNISON has submitted its Evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s call for views on The National Care Service (Scotland) Bill. UNISON ...
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Local Government and the National Care Service

The National Care Service Bill was introduced to Parliament on 21 June. This briefing looks at what the proposals mean ...
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‘Take profit out of care – not carers out of councils’ and defend local democracy, says UNISON

Tracey Dalling, head of UNISON Scotland, the largest union in Scottish local government has called on councillors to defend local ...
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National Care Service Bill

The National Care Service Bill was published on 21 June. This briefing focuses on the implications and consequences of the ...
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Profit has no place in care, says UNISON in response to National Care Service (Scotland) Bill

UNISON, Scotland’s largest union and the union for care workers, has today (Tuesday) lambasted the Scottish Government for failing Scotland’s ...
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Scottish government must ‘rule out involvement of private investment of companies in the future provision of care in Scotland

In a letter to Kevin Stewart Minister for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care, Audrey McCabe Chair of UNISON Scotland’s Social ...
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SSSC A Register for the Future: Consultation Outcome

Early in 2022 the SSSC consulted on some proposed changes to registration and qualifications. The proposals affect UNISON members who ...
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