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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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

Briefing 142 Local Government Funding Settlement 2024-25

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

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

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

Briefing 141 – National Care Service Bill Update

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

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

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Latest local government briefings

Fairer Scotland Duty

thumbnail of Bargaining briefing Fairer Scotland Duty May 2018
The Fairer Scotland Duty came into force in April this year. The Scottish government has published interim guidance for public ...

Local Government Pay Claim

thumbnail of Bargaining brief 96 local government pay 2 Feb 2018
UNISON members have suffered a real terms pay cut over the last ten years. Despite the news headlines following the ...

Damaging impact of unfair council cuts

thumbnail of Bargaining Briefing Cuts Impact Jan 2018
UNISON branches are campaigning hard against looming council budget cuts that will see more jobs lost and increasing damage to ...

Guidance for the provision of healthcare in schools and nurseries

thumbnail of Bargaining briefing healthcare in schools Jan 2018
The Scottish government has published the long-awaited update on guidance for the provision of healthcare in schools and nurseries. The ...

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Latest responses and submissions

Looked after children response

Looked after children response
UNISON is Scotland’s largest trade union representing approximately 160,000 members working in the public sector.   UNISON Scotland represents over 30,000 ...

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