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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School support staff experience the most abuse from pupils, says UNISON

New Scottish government research shows that the biggest impact of pupil’s behavioural challenges falls on schools' support staff, who are ... Read More

‘Now keep your promises’ UNISON tells COSLA & Scottish Gov as council staff accept pay deal

The long running pay dispute which closed schools across Scotland has been brought to an end as UNISON members vote ... Read More

Briefing 134 Why UNISON opposes a council tax freeze

Since First Minister Humza Yousaf announced a council tax freeze at the SNP Conference in October, it is beyond disappointing ... Read More

Towards a REAL National Care Service – Summary Report

This is the Summary of a report commissioned by UNISON Scotland from APSE, the Association for Public Service Excellence and ... Read More

Towards a REAL National Care Service for Scotland – Full Report

With the National Care Service Bill in tatters, this timely report makes a compelling case for the direct public delivery ... Read More


We have had to suspend the local government consultative ballot as we were experiencing technical problems. You will be issued ... Read More

All school strikes to be suspended while UNISON consult on improved pay offer from Cosla

All school strikes, (planned for Wednesday 8 and 15 November), have been suspended after talks between Cosla and UNISON have ... Read More

e brief – Update on the National Care Service Bill October 2023

Since its introduction in June 2022, UNISON has campaigned for the National Care Service Bill to be withdrawn. We want ... Read More

Radical Social Work Webinar Series No. 23 – recording

UNISON Social Work Issues Group Scotland Lunchtime Radical Social Work Webinar Series No. 23 - Recorded on Wednesday 11th October ... Read More

More schools set to close as UNISON announce another set of strike dates

UNISON has today served notice of further strike action in the dispute over local government pay to South Lanarkshire, Dumfries ... Read More

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Latest local government briefings

Briefing 127 – Scottish Household Survey 2021

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This briefing looks at some key findings of the Scottish Household Survey 2021. This is a general population survey carried ...

Briefing 126 – Local Government Overview Report 2023

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This briefing is on the May 2023 Audit Scotland Local Government Overview report for the Accounts Commission. The report looks ...

Briefing 125 – Occupational Therapists and a National Social Work Agency

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This briefing is about the intended remit of the proposed National Social Work Agency. This remit includes workforce matters and ...

Briefing 124 – A National Social Work Agency

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The Scottish Government proposes to create a National Social Work Agency. It would sit within government as part of a ...

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Latest responses and submissions

Scotland’s economic performance: The contribution of place based economic development zones

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UNISON opposes the idea of freeports. The UK Government has made clear that freeports will be private sector driven initiatives, ...

Fair Rents (Scotland) Bill

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UNISON fully supports this bill to regulate rents in the private rented sector (PRS). We represent some of the lowest ...

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 ...

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