Author Archives: Danny Phillips

Sheltered housing cuts increase loneliness in older people, says UNISON

UNISON Scotland is warning today against further cuts to sheltered housing budgets. The union says cuts are contributing to a generation of lonely older people and do not make financial sense when considering the effects on health. UNISON’s report, Giving Shelter released today (Friday, 6 April 2018), asked housing wardens about cuts in their sheltered […]

Giving shelter: cuts to sheltered housing

This is a survey of housing wardens sheltered housing officers, care support workers with a small number of people in other roles, e.g. cleaner, housing officer/manager, cook. All respondents are UNISON members It is part of UNISON Scotland’s Damage series – a range of reports into the impact of austerity cuts on the delivery of […]

‘Warm, dry home should be a basic right’, says UNISON

One third of households in Scotland suffer from fuel poverty. A shocking statistic for a wealthy country that has an abundance of energy resources. A warm, dry home should be a basic right. These facts emerged as UNISON Scotland launched its fuel poverty initiative today, with support from Energy Action Scotland. The initiative brings together […]

UNISON Scotland gives a cautious welcome to NHS England Pay deal.

UNISON Scotland has offered a cautious welcome to news that the NHS UK Staff Council have reached agreement on a modernising pay deal for NHS England and is calling in the Scottish Government to enter into talks with NHS unions in Scotland urgently. Tom Waterson, Chair of the UNISON Scotland Health Committee said, “The NHS […]

Scottish Borders Council ‘woefully inadequate’ and ‘utterly shameful’, says employment tribunal judge.

Anthony Carson, who is a UNISON member, has been awarded £56,581 by an employment tribunal, the highest award possible in his case. Anthony successfully claimed that he was unfairly dismissed by Scottish Borders Council. The employment tribunal judge stated that Scottish Borders Council had run “one of the most woefully inadequate investigations of misconduct I […]

“Significant risks” to delivering early learning and childcare plan, UNISON comment

UNISON comment on embargoed news release (Thursday) on a joint report by the Auditor General for Scotland and the Accounts Commission into the expansion of early learning and childcare provision in Scotland: “Significant risks” to delivering early learning and childcare plan by 2020. Commenting on the report, Carol Ball convener of UNISON’s education issues group […]

UNISON women to march on George Square for equal pay

Hundreds of women will march on George Square in Glasgow on Saturday 10 February, continuing their demand for equal pay. The march will be led by 30 women dressed as suffragettes. The women are part of UNISON’s equal pay campaign. Having won their legal case they are now demanding a fair and transparent pay and […]

UNISON comment on the Scottish Rate of Income Tax & the Budget

On 31 January MSPs backed the general principles of the Budget Bill, with 69 backing it and 56 voting against. Mike Kirby, UNISON Scottish Secretary said: “We acknowledge the more progressive tax proposal which should benefit public services, although we wait to see how this will feed through to public service workers whose real pay has […]

New UNISON research by Jimmy Reid Foundation

As agreeing the Scottish Government Budget for 2018/2019 reaches a critical stage, UNISON has commisioned a new report from the Jimmy Reid Foundation: The contribution local government makes to our communities and the local economy. With funding for local government in the proposed Scottish Budget viewed as inadequate by many and with the Scottish Green Party […]

Scottish government must stop the closure of 12 Bield care homes, says UNISON

UNISON is calling for the Scottish government to stop the closure of 12 care homes run by Bield Housing and Care. UNISON will make this call at a public meeting called by the families of the elderly and vulnerable at a public meeting today (Saturday 13 January). 160 elderly people with dependent needs, including 24 […]