Combating Austerity

Signposting the ways Scotland could limit the damage

Mike Kirby Combating Austerity Feb 2016The Conservative Government’s austerity programme will result in around a further £2 billion of cuts to Scotland’s public services.

There is a broad consensus across Scotland that austerity is damaging to public services and the economy.

UNISON Scotland is part of the campaign against austerity.

UNISON Scottish Secretary Mike Kirby on
Combating Austerity Feb 2016

Combating Austerity report and toolkit

thumbnail of CombatingAusterity_Sep2015As part of combating austerity we should look at practical ways in which the Scottish Government, councils, health boards and other public bodies can mitigate against the worst of the cuts to come. Every sensible mitigation measure government and public authorities can take reduces the number of job losses and damage to vital public services and the economy.

Our Combating Austerity paper offers signposts to measures that would help combat austerity including:

  • Contract buyouts and/or refinancing of expensive PPP/PFI projects;
  • Refinancing of council and other public bodies debt;
  • Imaginative use of council prudential borrowing and bonds;
  • More efficient and effective use of local authority pension funds;

Join us in combating austerity by campaigning for these measures and limiting the damage

thumbnail of CombatingAusterityToolkit_Feb2016Combating Austerity Toolkit – Feb 2016

Use the Combat Austerity Toolkit resources to help your branch campaign to limit the damage to public services.







See also our Public Works Toolkit for campaigning against cuts


Selected briefings from Bargaining and Campaigns Team – see more on Briefings page