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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Care Futures 4 – Effective Voice

The fourth edition of UNISON Scotland's Care Futures looks at what Effective Voice could mean for workers in social care ... Read More

Implementing Part 3 of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019: Bus Services

UNISON believes we deserve a world class bus system. But we will only get this by rejecting deregulation and privatisation ... Read More

Care Futures No3 – What would ‘Ethical Commissioning’ look like?

The Scottish Government are consulting on setting up a National Care Service this will oversee a comprehensive range of social ... Read More

UNISON Care Futures No2 – What would Fair Work look like in a national Care Service

This second edition of Care Futures looks at the question of how Fair Work principles could be put into practice ... Read More

UNISON Scotland’s Care Futures issue 1. Who will work for a National Care Service?

The National Care Service proposals being consulted on by the Scottish Government could impact on a wide range of sectors ... Read More

UNISON Scotland Week 320 – Net zero debate, Dundee Uni pensions strike & more

UNISON Scotland Week 320 - Net zero debate, Dundee Uni pensions strike & more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

Scottish Government – Programme for Government 2021-22

The Programme for Government for 2021-22 has been announced. This sets out the Scottish Government's legislative programme and other administrative ... Read More

Local government workers give verdict on latest pay offer

This film by Stella Rooney, gives voice to UNISON members working in local government. They give their verdict on the ... Read More

Social Housing at the Heart of Recovery – Our Housing Manifesto

During the pandemic we discovered that it is - in fact - possible for politicians to take radical action very ... Read More

UNISON Week 318 – UNISON ballots council workers on strike action, National Care Service Consultation and more.

UNISON Week 318 - UNISON ballots council workers on strike action, National Care Service Consultation and more. Read full  newsletter ... Read More

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Social Care in Scotland

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Social care in Scotland is in crisis! The provision of social care has changed rapidly over the last 20 years, ...

The Impact of Austerity on Scotland: damage done and routes to recovery

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UNISON Scotland has commissioned this report from leading economist Professor John Maclaren in order to offer analysis of the impact ...

Briefing No 75 – Procurement: New statutory guidance – April 2016

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Briefing No 75 - Procurement: New statutory guidance - April 2016 Key Points: The Scottish Government has published a 'suite' ...

MSP e-briefing – Scottish Budget – Feb 2016

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MSPe-briefing - Scottish Budget - Feb 2016 Budget Bill – an opportunity to combat austerity Feb 2016 Introduction This briefing ...

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Latest responses and submissions

Draft Regulations relating to Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act Set 1 response

Draft Regulations relating to Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act Set 1 response
As far as we can see there is nothing in these regulations that refer to the Chief Officer of the ...

Inquiry into the Flexibility and Autonomy of Local Government

Inquiry into the Flexibility and Autonomy of Local Government
UNISON believes that the public sector provides a means to both deliver services cost effectively and to allow citizens to ...

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill response

Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill response
UNISON raised a range of concerns in our submission to the 2012 consultation on what was then called the Community ...

Online response to SSSC fitness to practice proposed changes

Online response to SSSC fitness to practice proposed changes
1.   The "fitness to practise" criteria is very vague and it is not clear to us what objective standards the ...

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