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

Towards a REAL National Care Service – Summary Report

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

Towards a REAL National Care Service for Scotland – Full Report

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

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

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Since its introduction in June 2022, UNISON has campaigned for the National Care Service Bill to be withdrawn.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

Briefing 133 Scottish & Local Government ‘Verity House Agreement’

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This briefing looks at the 'Verity House Agreement', announced by First Minister Humza Yousaf and COSLA President Councillor Shona Morrison ...

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Latest responses and submissions

SSSC: A Register for the Future

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This is UNISON's response to the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) consultation on proposed changes to registration and qualifications. While ...

National Public Energy Agency

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UNISON supports the creation of a new public agency to direct the roll-out of heating decarbonisation and energy efficiency. Strategic ...

Implementing Part 3 of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019: Bus Services

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UNISON believes we deserve a world class bus system. But we will only get this by rejecting deregulation and privatisation ...

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, ...

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