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will be a hub for UNISON Scotland’s information and resources about UNISON Scotland’s campaign to have the current Bill withdrawn and for the Scottish Government to start again and come up with plans for aa real national Care Service.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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Briefing – National Care Service Stage 1 Committee conclusions.

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Reaction to National Care Service Bill delay until June

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Briefing 121 – National Care Service Bill: Verdict of Social Work Staff

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National Care Service Bill: the Verdict from Social Work Staff

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Briefing for UNISON Members: Pensions and the NCS Bill

This briefing is for UNISON members who work in social care and social work. It explains what the National Care ...
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Staff Pensions and the National Care Service

The creation of a National Care Service could mean around 75,000 council employed social care and social work staff transferring ...
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e brief The National Care Service Bill & the NHS

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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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