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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New guidance for home and social care staff in Scotland puts home care staff at risk  

UNISON, the trade union representing home and social care workers, are vigorously challenging Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) guidance which was issued ... Read More


LOCAL GOVT WORKERS: This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) has been developed jointly between COSLA and the SJC Trade Unions (UNISON, ... Read More

CORONAVIRUS LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Deputy First Minister sets out work in progress

This letter, from John Swinney Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, regarding local government workers  sets ... Read More

Joint Trade Unions press for First Minister’s intervention on ‘inconsistent’ approach to Covid-19 across Scotland’s local authorities

Scotland’s leading trade unions in local government are calling on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to take urgent action to address ... Read More

Promises of protective equipment alone won’t keep people safe

Promises of personal protective equipment (PPE) alone won’t keep NHS, care, police and other essential workers safe, says UNISON today ... Read More

CORONAVIRUS LOCAL GOVERNMENT – FAQ’s for Local Government Staff from Joint unions & CoSLA

LOCAL GOVERNMENT -  UNISON Scotland, other Local Government unions and CoSLA have produced a Frequently Asked Questions document covering many ... Read More

CORONAVIRUS LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Advice in relation to key workers and childcare

LOCAL GOVT: This is a joint statement from Scottish Government and COSLA providing advice in relation to key workers and ... Read More

CORONAVIRUS ALL BRANCHES: Model Workforce Policy for Duration of COVID-19 Crisis

Most UNISON Branches are part of agreements which cover their whole sector (eg Health or Local Government). Some branches though ... Read More

CORONA VIRUS LOCAL GOVERNMENT: Guidance for employers about home working

The UK Government on 16 March 2020 urged everyone to now work at home where possible. This guidance for local ... Read More

UNISON Week 282 – Local Government Finance, Cornerstone, Early Years and more….

UNISON Week 282 - Local Government Finance, Cornerstone & Early Years  and more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

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Latest local government briefings

Briefing 113 Draft Budget 2020-21

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The Scottish Government draft budget for 2020/21 has been published. The spending total amounts to a real terms increase of ...

e-brief Local Government Bench-marking

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The Improvement Service has published the annual National Benchmarking Overview report. The report covers children’s services, adult social care, culture ...

Briefing 109: Local Government Financial Overview

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Audit Scotland published a financial overview of local government finance at the end of 2019. This report gives both an ...

Bargaining Briefing 106: Devolved School Management Changes

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The Scottish government has published new Devolved School Management (DSM) Guidelines on school funding decisions by local authorities. This guidance ...

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Latest responses and submissions

Response: Planning Performance and Fees February 2020

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UNISON has been raising concerns about problems in planning departments for some time. We published papers based on surveys of ...

Pre-Budget Scrutiny: Roads Maintenance in Scotland

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There is no doubt that local government has borne the brunt of cuts over the last 10 years. Reports,from COSLA, ...

Pre-Budget Scrutiny: long-term financial sustainability of local government

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It is clear that local government has borne the brunt of cuts over the last 10 years. A range of ...

Additional Support Needs

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This is the latest evidence from UNISON regarding the  Scottish parliament Education Committee's  follow up on its enquiry into support ...

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