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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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

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

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Latest local government briefings

Briefing 139 – National Care Service: Revised Government Plans

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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

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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”

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

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

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

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Latest responses and submissions

Consultation on a ‘Fairer Council Tax’

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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 ...

National Care Service (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 Scrutiny: UNISON evidence

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UNISON has submitted its Evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s call for views on The National Care Service (Scotland) Bill. UNISON ...

Scotland’s public finances, cost of living impact & public service reform

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This is UNISON Scotland's response to the Scottish Parliament Finance and Public Administration Committee's Call for Views as part of ...

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