Local Government

Local goverment serves the peopleLocal Government is UNISON Scotland’s biggest service group. Its remit covers a range of employees including those of all of Scotland’s councils, Direct Labour and Direct Service Organisations, Trusts, Joint Boards, voluntary and related organisations and private companies.

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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 ... Read More

Council strikes could return within weeks, says UNISON

UNISON, and sister trade unions Unite and GMB, are threatening pull out local government school staff and refuse workers on ... Read More

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 ... Read More

Scotland’s largest trade union accepts local government pay offer

UNISON members, the largest local government union, have voted to accept COSLA's pay offer in a ballot of all local ... Read More

Radical social work webinar: The cost of living rises – 5 October

The latest in our lunchtime webinar series will look at the cost of living rises and the impact on the ... Read More

UNISON recommends council workers accept pay deal as it launches consultative ballot

UNISON Scotland media release 9 September 2022 UNISON has today (Friday) launched its consultative ballot on local government pay and ... Read More

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 ... Read More

Scotland’s public finances, cost of living impact & public service reform

This is UNISON Scotland's response to the Scottish Parliament Finance and Public Administration Committee's Call for Views as part of ... Read More

Radical Social Work perspectives lunchtime webinar series: National Care Service Bill

Sign up to webinar  here Wed, 7 September 2022 1-2pm All welcome! At present, the legislation lacks detail but what ... Read More

Response to Sturgeon’s statement on council pay

Responding to Nicola Sturgeon's statement that council leaders should make a ‘decent 5% pay offer’ to staff to avert forthcoming ... Read More

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Latest local government briefings

National Care Service Bill – A brief guide

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

Local Government and the National Care Service

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The National Care Service Bill was introduced to Parliament on 21 June. This briefing looks at what the proposals mean ...

Social Work and the National Care Service

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This briefing looks at what the National Care Service Bill means for UNISON’s social work members. The government is clear ...

National Care Service Bill

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The National Care Service Bill was published on 21 June. This briefing focuses on the implications and consequences of the ...

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Latest responses and submissions

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 Scrutiny: UNISON evidence

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

Scotland’s public finances, cost of living impact & public service reform

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This is UNISON Scotland's response to the Scottish Parliament Finance and Public Administration Committee's Call for Views as part of ...

A New Deal for Tenants

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This is UNISON's response to the proposed reform of the private rented sector. High private rents and house prices are ...

SSSC: A Register for the Future

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This is UNISON's response to the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) consultation on proposed changes to registration and qualifications. While ...

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