Author Archives: Kay Sillars

Local Governance Review: Democracy Matters

In December 2017, the Scottish government and COSLA jointly launched a Local Governance Review. The aim is to make sure local communities have more say about how public services in their area are run.UNISON‟s Scottish Council considered the issues raised by the review at its February meeting. Here is a summary of that discussion: Local […]

Futures Summer 2018 Number 22

The new edition of Public Service Futures covers: the new Scottish budget process, the impact of automation on public service jobs and the possibilities of a new public energy company. There are also articles on the Carillion collapse, the new national outcomes and childcare expansion.

Fairer Scotland Duty

The Fairer Scotland Duty came into force in April this year. The Scottish government has published interim guidance for public bodies to support them in meeting their obligations under the Act. The aim of the duty is to “put tackling inequality genuinely at the heart of key decision making.” This means that the Act and […]

Poverty and Attainment Inquiry

The enormous gap in qualifications between children in poor and wealthy areas in Scotland is simply a reflection of the inequality that scars Scottish society. A well fed child living in a comfortable warm home is going to find it easier to take part in education than one who is hungry and cold. Ending the […]

Public Sector Futures Spring 2018

The latest edition of Futures gives updates on the local government budget, behaviour in schools and the expansion of early years education. There is also news on the latest review of local governance in Scotland and UNISON’s support for campaigns to improve how the Freedom of Information Act is currently working in Scotland.

Local Government Pay Claim

UNISON members have suffered a real terms pay cut over the last ten years. Despite the news headlines following the budget, there was no allocation of funds to local authorities to meet the three percent pay rise that other public sector workers are likely to receive. The UNISON Local Government Committee is now in negotiations […]

Pupils with Additional Support Needs

UNISON members are clear that currently we are not getting it right for children with additional support needs (ASN). Children with additional support needs are now physically in mainstream schools but many are far from mainstreamed into school life. The policy has not been supported with adequate funding for the learning support, healthcare needs and […]

Evidence to the Local Government Committee on the proposed Planning Bill

The government states that: “The planning system supports the Scottish government’s purpose of creating a more successful country with opportunities for all to flourish through increasing sustainable economic growth.” UNISON is concerned that this suggests that planning must focus on economic development rather than community development. While the two are linked it should be made […]

Education Reform Consultation

UNISON does not believe that the proposals contained in the consultation are the best way to tackle the issues in Scottish education. UNISON is disappointed that the responses to original consultation have been ignored. When responses to a plan are so overwhelmingly negative it is best to take those views on board Instead the Scottish […]

The Planning Bill

 UNISON is concerned that the Planning Bill is about less regulation of businesses rather than improving lives. Planning was reformed less than 10 years ago. The problems in the system are caused by budget cuts and staff shortages not structures. UNISON is particularity concerned about the lack of detail in the financial memorandum. Much of […]