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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Rubbish will pile up in Edinburgh streets during Festival if waste and recycling workers strike, says UNISON

Waste and recycling workers in Edinburgh are being balloted for strike action over a pay dispute. UNISON, Scotland's largest local ... Read More

East Ayrshire councillors urged to reject proposals to outsource swathes of community services, says UNISON

Councillors in East Ayrshire are being urged to oppose proposals to outsource music tuition, youth work, sport, befriending, literacy, and ... Read More

Pay offer to council workers is too low and should be rejected, says UNISON

Local government staff in Scotland are worth more than the pay increase they’ve been offered, says UNISON today (Thursday). The ... Read More

Housing (Scotland) Bill response

The Housing (Scotland) Bill was introduced to Parliament on 26 March 2024.  The bill has six main parts which include ... Read More

Thousands of council workers are to vote in an official strike ballot over pay, says UNISON

More than 43,000 council workers in waste and recycling, schools and social care are to be balloted for strike action, ... Read More

Cosla and unions are ‘too far apart’ on pay talks, say UNISON

Local government workers in Scotland are to be consulted about strike action after council employers failed to make any significant ... Read More

Local government pay talks set to continue, says UNISON

Following a meeting  (Thursday) with COLSA and other unions representing council staff about a Scottish local government pay offer for ... Read More

Investing in Planning – seeking input from members in planning departments

Scottish Government consultation on resourcing Scotland’s planning system - feedback invited to inform UNISON response The Scottish Government is consulting ... Read More

Local government strike threat looms as tensions grow over pay, says UNISON

Scotland’s largest local government union, UNISON, says strike preparations could begin as early as next week as tensions grow over ... Read More

Christina and Lilian in Shetland and Orkney was a ‘brilliant visit’

General secretary Christina McAnea visited Shetland and Orkney, where she was joined by Scottish secretary Lilian Macer Christina and Lilian ... Read More

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Latest local government briefings

Investing in Planning – seeking input from members in planning departments

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Scottish Government consultation on resourcing Scotland’s planning system - feedback invited to inform UNISON response The Scottish Government is consulting ...

Briefing 142 Local Government Funding Settlement 2024-25

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This briefing is on the Local Government Funding Settlement for 2024-25. It includes details of every council's financial allocation. Local ...

Briefing 141 – National Care Service Bill Update

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The General Principles of the National Care Service Bill were approved by Parliament on 29 February. This briefing summarises where ...

Briefing 140 – National Social Work Agency Update

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This briefing sets out the current proposals for a National Social Work Agency. These plans are still under discussion and ...

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Latest responses and submissions

Housing (Scotland) Bill response

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The Housing (Scotland) Bill was introduced to Parliament on 26 March 2024.  The bill has six main parts which include ...

Delivering net zero for Scotland’s buildings: Heat in Buildings Bill

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This is UNISON Scotland's response to the Scottish Government consultation on its proposed Heat in Buildings Bill. We are members ...

Democracy Matters: Local governance Phase 2 consultation

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This is UNISON's response to the Scottish Government and COSLA  ‘Democracy Matters: Local governance Phase 2 consultation’. The consultation is ...

Additional Support for Learning (ASL)

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This is our response to the Education, Children and Young People Committee’s call for views on Additional Support for Learning ...

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