Category Archives: Briefings

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 […]

Air Quality in Scotland

Poor air quality is Scotland’s silent killer. The UK and Scottish governments have been criticised for not taking effective action and a court recently agreed. There are a range of mostly transport measures that could be taken. However, we also need to recognise that these will impact on UNISON members getting to and  from work […]

Severance Policy for Scotland

The Scottish Government is consulting over a range of changes to severance payments in Scotland following changes imposed in England by the UK government. The details are set out in Briefing 86. In this response UNISON Scotland argues that these changes are unnecessary and reflect a different policy approach by the UK government that should […]

The Ageing Workforce

This briefing reports on our latest research on the ageing workforce. It use FoI requests to public sector employers in Scotland on the composition of their workforce by age band. The data shows an ageing workforce with significant challenges for service deliver over the next ten years, when almost 40% of staff are likely to retire. The […]

Important information for workers registered with regulatory bodies

Important information for UNISON members who are registered professional members of any of the health and social care professional regulatory bodies listed below. IF YOUR PROFESSIONAL REGULATORY BODY INFORMS YOU OF A COMPLAINT OR ALLEGATION THAT YOUR FITNESS TO PRACTISE IS IMPAIRED PLEASE READ THIS BULLETIN AND… 1. DO NOT DELAY! INFORM YOUR UNISON BRANCH […]

A Severance Policy for Scotland

The Scottish Government has published a consultation paper on a new severance policy for Scotland. It follows plans by the UK Government to cap exit payments and claw back  payments when staff are reemployed in the public sector. They are also planning to limit severance provisions. The Scottish Government has the power to introduce similar provisions, but […]