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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Local Government Finance Settlement 2023/24 / Statistics for 2021/22

This E briefing provides updates, including on the Local Government Settlement, from a number of recent reports with information and ... Read More

Briefing – National Care Service Stage 1 Committee conclusions.

Holyrood Committees have been looking at the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill ahead  of the Stage 1 vote on the ... Read More

Scottish government £100m funding boost for councils ‘won’t touch the sides’, says UNISON

Commenting on the Scottish government’s announcement today (Tuesday) of a £100 million cash injection to help settle local government pay ... Read More

Briefing 121 – National Care Service Bill: Verdict of Social Work Staff

This briefing looks at the results of UNISON's survey of social work members in which we asked for their views ... Read More

National Care Service Bill: the Verdict from Social Work Staff

The National Care Service Bill proposes the biggest change to social work services in over 50 years. It transfers statutory ... Read More

Local Government 23-24 Finance – Council Funding Allocations

Scottish councils face enormous funding challenges this year and beyond, with real fears for the impact on vital services. This ... Read More

Local Government Pay Claim 2023

Our joint TU pay claim for 2023 has now been submitted to COSLA. The full version which contains our detailed ... Read More

Briefing for UNISON Members: Pensions and the NCS Bill

This briefing is for UNISON members who work in social care and social work. It explains what the National Care ... Read More

Fund third sector organisations properly or risk a new wave of strikes, warns UNISON

UNISON Scotland has written to the Scottish government today (Friday) calling for an urgent funding injection for the third sector ... Read More

Council strikes could return within weeks, says UNISON

UNISON, and sister trade unions Unite and GMB, are threatening pull out local government school staff and refuse workers on ... Read More

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Latest local government briefings

Social Work and the National Care Service

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

National Care Service Bill

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

SSSC A Register for the Future: Consultation Outcome

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

Briefing 119 – Inflation and inequality

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This briefing covers inflation, the differences between ways to measure it, and why it is vital we speak up on ...

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Latest responses and submissions

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Bill consultation

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UNISON Scotland thinks incorporation of the UNCRC into law is insufficient. For children to exercise their rights in practice requires ...

Response to the Just Transition Commission Interim Report June 2020

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The Just Transition Commission published its Interim Report earlier this year. UNISON’s response to the Report stresses the need for ...

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, ...

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