Author Archives: Dave Watson

Transport (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Government has introduced a Transport Bill into Parliament. It changes the way buses are regulated in Scotland, bans pavement and double parking and provides the legal framework for low emission zones. It also seeks greater integration of ticketing and makes changes to the governance of Scottish Canals. This briefing outlines the main provisions […]

Council Connections – July 2018

This is the July edition of our e-bulletin Council Connections. Linking to all the UNISON news about Scottish local government.

Quality Social Care Procurement

Our latest briefing looks at the practice of social care procurement. There has been some progress since our 2017 survey, but there is still limited monitoring of the quality of services and workforce weightings during bid evaluation are far too low.

Pensions Bulletin

The latest edition of our Scottish Pensions Bulletin covers the SLGPS structural review, NHS contribution rates, retirement at 55 and much more.

Workforce planning in local government

The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee is looking at workforce planning as part of its budget scrutiny process. In this submission we set out how workforce planning is currently undertaken, the impact of austerity and some of the challenges. Finally, we suggest a different approach to workforce planning that reflects the future needs of the services local […]

Council Connections – April 2018

This is the latest edition of our Council Connections newsletter. All the news for those who care about local government in Scotland.

Briefing – public sector workforce

This is our annual look at the workforce statistics for the public sector areas UNISON Scotland organises in. The news is better this year for most, but not all sectors.

Fighting council cuts in Clackmannan

Media Release Date:  6th March 2018 Embargo: immediate Release UNISON Fight Council Cuts, Defend Vital Services, Protect Jobs. On Thursday the 8th of March, Elected Members at Clackmannanshire Council will vote on proposals which have the potential to decimate local services and will force the removal of staff terms and conditions, like overtime and unsocial […]

Fuel poverty strategy

The Scottish Government is consulting over a new fuel poverty strategy. In this response we make the case for a more ambitious plan that eliminates fuel poverty as quickly as possible.