Category Archives: Briefings

Scottish public sector workforce statistics 2016

This is our annual look at the end of year statistics on the Scottish public sector workforce. It shows another significant fall in the total public sector workforce, with local government taking the biggest hit. Since the financial crash, Scottish councils have taken a staggering 91% of all public sector job losses in Scotland. Demonstrating, […]

Local Government budget update

Our updated briefing on the implications of the Scottish government’s draft budget for local government after the budget revisions announced in parliament on 2nd February. We have still to see the details, but the interim numbers look like a significant improvement on the original allocations. However, most councils will still face difficult budget decisions and […]

Local Government Budget Cuts

This briefing aims to provide some clarity for branches round the proposed budget. The local government budget is finally getting some attention but the debate is increasingly confused with lots of numbers and acronyms bandied round creating lots of sound but very little light. Yesterday’s debate in parliament was typical. The 2017-18 draft budget will […]

Briefing 084 Bargaining – Health and Social Care Delivery Plan – January 2017

KEY POINTS: • A major shift of treatment into community settings is planned • Some services and treatments will be centralised on either a regional or national basis. • A new Public Health Strategy will be developed and mental health services will be mainstreamed across all health services • A new Workforce Plan will be […]

Briefing 83 – Draft Scottish Budget 2017-18

This is a briefing on the Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2017-18. It covers how the Scottish Government intends to raise revenue, including its use of the new devolved powers over taxation. It then sets out the spending plans and how they are likely to impact on the services UNISON members deliver.

e-briefing – Local Government 2016 – Audit Scotland Overview

Audit Scotland has published its annual overview of the financial state of local government in Scotland. In accountancy terms councils are in sound financial health, with a slight increase in reserves and a reduction in debt. However, significant challenges for local government finance lie ahead. Councils’ budgets are under increasing pressure from a long-term decline […]

Briefing 082 Policy – Tackling the housing crisis in Scotland – November 2016

KEY POINTS: * Investment in social housing – including council housing – is the key to addressing Scotland’s housing crisis. * The Scottish Government target for ‘affordable’ housing of 50,000 over the next five years falls short of the number of homes required * More funding for social housing is required – from taxation and from other sources […]

E-briefing – Autumn Statement and Scotland – Nov 2016

This briefing highlights the main implications of the UK Autumn Statement for UNISON members in Scotland. While the £800m additional capital spending is welcome, there is nothing for revenue spending where the greatest pressures are in the Scottish budget. The economic forecasts are almost all downgraded and that will also have longer term implications for public services. […]

Policy Briefing 81 Education and Early Years Consultations

The Scottish Government has now published 2 consultations on its plans for education and childcare. The first Empowering teachers, parents and communities excellence and equity in education is seeking views on their plans to change how schools and nurseries are organised/governed and A blue print for 2020: the expansion of early learning and childcare in […]