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 workers campaign to save council care homes in Edinburgh.

UNISON, the trade union for health and social care, has launched a campaign with care staff to save council run ... Read More

Scottish Government’s slap in the face to local government workers condemned by trade unions

The three trade unions representing local government workers across Scotland have written to the Scottish Government condemning their decision not ... Read More

UNISON Inverclyde fighting for better pay for Local Government Workers

UNISON Inverclyde is fighting for better pay for Local Government Workers not just here but across Scotland, We’re worth it! ... Read More

Schools could be forced to close after summer break if local government pay talks fail, says UNISON

UNISON, Scotland’s largest trade union, has written to the Finance Secretary and local government leaders to warn of looming industrial ... Read More

UNISON WEEK 316 – Women’s Health, Tribunal victory & more

UNISON WEEK 316 - Women's Health, Tribunal victory & more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

Education staff aged 18-29yrs asked to register for vaccination by 4 June

All education staff aged 18-29 years are being asked to please register for your vaccination by 4th June to ensure ... Read More

Housing association members: pensions briefing

This pensions briefing explains the key differences between the Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) and the Social Housing Pension ... Read More

UNISON Week 315 – Recovering ( economically..), Local Govt 1 year on from the pandemic & more

UNISON Week 315 - Recovering ( economically..), Local Govt 1 year on from the pandemic & more. Read our full ... Read More

UNISON Week 314 – Scottish Govt Priorities, NHS pay and more

UNISON Week 314 - Scottish Govt Priorities, NHS pay and more. Read full newsletter here ... Read More

Council workers union begins industrial ballot preparation saying staff won’t be “used as a political football”

Council workers union begins industrial ballot preparation saying staff won’t be “used as a political football” UNISON, the largest trade ... Read More

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Latest local government briefings

Briefing 113 Draft Budget 2020-21

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The Scottish Government draft budget for 2020/21 has been published. The spending total amounts to a real terms increase of ...

e-brief Local Government Bench-marking

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The Improvement Service has published the annual National Benchmarking Overview report. The report covers children’s services, adult social care, culture ...

Briefing 109: Local Government Financial Overview

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Audit Scotland published a financial overview of local government finance at the end of 2019. This report gives both an ...

Bargaining Briefing 106: Devolved School Management Changes

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The Scottish government has published new Devolved School Management (DSM) Guidelines on school funding decisions by local authorities. This guidance ...

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Latest responses and submissions

Response: Planning Performance and Fees February 2020

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UNISON has been raising concerns about problems in planning departments for some time. We published papers based on surveys of ...

Pre-Budget Scrutiny: Roads Maintenance in Scotland

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There is no doubt that local government has borne the brunt of cuts over the last 10 years. Reports,from COSLA, ...

Pre-Budget Scrutiny: long-term financial sustainability of local government

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It is clear that local government has borne the brunt of cuts over the last 10 years. A range of ...

Additional Support Needs

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This is the latest evidence from UNISON regarding the  Scottish parliament Education Committee's  follow up on its enquiry into support ...

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