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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COSLA leaders ‘duck responsibility’ over council pay

In response to COSLA meeting with the Scottish government today (Friday), to discuss local government pay increase, Johanna Baxter, UNISON ... Read More

UNISON call for urgent COSLA meeting to discuss pay

UNISON, with Unite and the GMB, has written to COSLA to warn that between the three trade unions "we have ... Read More

Local government workers vote for strikes across Scotland

Thousands of council workers across Scotland have voted to take industrial action which will disrupt schools, early years centres, nurseries ... Read More

Final push to beat Anti-Trade Union Act for Local Government Workers

Local Government Ballot has now closed. Thank you for voting Christina McAnea, general secretary of UNISON Scotland, was in Scotland ... Read More

We must receive your local government ballot paper in:

Local government ballot has now closed Things you can do to help: Check for that blue envelop in the junk ... Read More

Local Government and the National Care Service

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

‘Take profit out of care – not carers out of councils’ and defend local democracy, says UNISON

Tracey Dalling, head of UNISON Scotland, the largest union in Scottish local government has called on councillors to defend local ... Read More

Social Work and the National Care Service

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

National Care Service Bill

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

SSSC A Register for the Future: Consultation Outcome

Early in 2022 the SSSC consulted on some proposed changes to registration and qualifications. The proposals affect UNISON members who ... Read More

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Latest local government briefings

e-Briefing – PPP: cracking down on costs

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In our report and toolkit ‘Combating Austerity’, we showed how public bodies could make savings on their Public Private Partnerships ...

e-Briefing – Council Tax changes 2016

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The Scottish Government has published a Statutory Instrument to change the proportion of Council Tax collected at each band. This ...

Education Plan – more detail needed Kirby tells CoSLA

Mike Kirby
UNISON welcomes the opportunity to contribute to today’s proceedings. Whatever industrial relations differences we may have there will be issues ...

Home care workers ask – we care, do you?

We Care Do You? Care workers survey
Scotland needs a quality home care service to meet the growing demand and also ensures that patients who shouldn’t be ...

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Latest responses and submissions

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 ...

Integration of Care in Social Care in Social Care in Scotland

Integration of Care in Social Care in Social Care in Scotland
UNISON Scotland members have been involved in various proposals for the integration of health and care services since the late1990s ...

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