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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Democracy Matters: Local governance Phase 2 consultation

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

Briefing 140 – National Social Work Agency Update

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

Briefing 139 – National Care Service: Revised Government Plans

The Scottish Government has radically revised its plans for a National Care Service.   This follows negotiations with COSLA and the ... Read More

Briefing 138: Local Government 24-25 Finance: Council Funding Allocations

This briefing looks at local government finances, focusing on the provisional funding allocations to Scottish councils for 2024/25 and the ... Read More

Additional Support for Learning (ASL)

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

e brief – New report says council funding “completely unsustainable”

The Local Government Information Unit report warns of a risk that some Scottish councils could effectively go bankrupt.   It ... Read More

Bargaining Briefing 135 – Regrading Hints & Tips for Social Work Paraprofessionals

This briefing produce by UNISON's Social Work Issues Group provides Social Work Assistants, Family Support Workers and other paraprofessional staff ... Read More

School support staff experience the most abuse from pupils, says UNISON

New Scottish government research shows that the biggest impact of pupil’s behavioural challenges falls on schools' support staff, who are ... Read More

‘Now keep your promises’ UNISON tells COSLA & Scottish Gov as council staff accept pay deal

The long running pay dispute which closed schools across Scotland has been brought to an end as UNISON members vote ... Read More

Briefing 134 Why UNISON opposes a council tax freeze

Since First Minister Humza Yousaf announced a council tax freeze at the SNP Conference in October, it is beyond disappointing ... Read More

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Latest local government briefings

Briefing 140 – National Social Work Agency Update

thumbnail of Policy Briefing 140 Revised NSWA Feb 2024
This briefing sets out the current proposals for a National Social Work Agency. These plans are still under discussion and ...

Briefing 139 – National Care Service: Revised Government Plans

thumbnail of Policy Briefing 139 Revised NCS Jan 2024
The Scottish Government has radically revised its plans for a National Care Service.   This follows negotiations with COSLA and the ...

Briefing 138: Local Government 24-25 Finance: Council Funding Allocations

thumbnail of Briefing 138 Local Gov Finance – Council Funding Allocations
This briefing looks at local government finances, focusing on the provisional funding allocations to Scottish councils for 2024/25 and the ...

e brief – New report says council funding “completely unsustainable”

thumbnail of Local government funding e-briefing Dec 2023
The Local Government Information Unit report warns of a risk that some Scottish councils could effectively go bankrupt.   It ...

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Latest responses and submissions

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 ...

Consultation on a ‘Fairer Council Tax’

thumbnail of Fairer Council Tax Consultation Response Sept 23
This is the UNISON Scotland response to the Scottish Government and COSLA Consultation on a Fairer Council Tax. The proposals ...

Circular Economy Bill – response to Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee

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This is UNISON’s submission to the Scottish Parliament Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee’s call for views as part of ...

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