Category Archives: Briefings

Guidance for the provision of healthcare in schools and nurseries

The Scottish government has published the long-awaited update on guidance for the provision of healthcare in schools and nurseries. The guidance is a substantial document which will require detailed reading when branches are working with employers to ensure the guidance is implemented. The new guidance takes on board some of UNISON’s key concerns. There are now […]

Briefing – ScotGov pay policy

The Scottish Government has published its pay policy for the next financial year. This briefing outlines the main provisions and the issues the branches concerned will wish to consider.

Fair funding for local government

  Council services have born the brunt of austerity in Scotland. With the draft Scottish budget due on 14 December, we set out the evidence for a fair funding deal for Scottish local government.

Assessing the impact of austerity cuts

This e-brief is a reminder for UNISON branches of the importance of cuts impact assessments. Branches and Regional Organisers should ensure CIA Forms are completed/updated regularly for each employer, recording initial savings proposals then actual cuts agreed. This helps in our campaigning, locally and nationally. (2018/19 Form here)

e-brief Education Reform

The Scottish government has launched a consultation on the next stage of their programme of education reform. The proposals have implications for members not just in schools and nurseries but across local government and further education colleges. The proposals cover five areas: A head teachers charter Parental and community engagement Pupil participation New Regional Improvement […]

Scottish Budget: Role of Income Tax

The Scottish Government has published a discussion document on the role income tax can play in the forthcoming Scottish Budget. Of the new devolved taxation powers income tax is the largest generator of revenue to pay for public services in Scotland. The paper explains how the budget is constructed and sets out four options for […]

Barclay Review and Leisure Trusts

This briefing updates branches on one aspect of the Barclay Review of business rates. The proposal to end the tax exemption for arms length trusts. The Scottish Government has decided to consider further this proposal in light of the financial implications for sport and leisure services. Branches are asked to forward views from members in […]

Scottish Government Programme 2017-18

The Scottish Government has published its programme of legislation and administrative actions for the coming parliamentary year. This briefing gives an overview of the programme, highlighting the issues of most interest to UNISON members.