Category Archives: Community

Quality Social Care Procurement

Our latest briefing looks at the practice of social care procurement. There has been some progress since our 2017 survey, but there is still limited monitoring of the quality of services and workforce weightings during bid evaluation are far too low.

Workforce planning for social care

The Scottish Government and COSLA have published the second stage of their strategy for workforce planning in the health and social care sector. This briefing outlines the plan for social care. Unlike the NHS, there are few tools or institutional structures for workforce planning in social care. This plan is therefore largely focused on the process of […]

Scottish government must stop the closure of 12 Bield care homes, says UNISON

UNISON is calling for the Scottish government to stop the closure of 12 care homes run by Bield Housing and Care. UNISON will make this call at a public meeting called by the families of the elderly and vulnerable at a public meeting today (Saturday 13 January). 160 elderly people with dependent needs, including 24 […]

UNISON comment on UK government’s decision to extend the suspension of social care minimum wage:

UNISON is working hard, with employers across Scotland, to ensure that social care staff’s pay is compliant with the National Minimum Wage regulations. Penalties are needed to make sure unscrupulous employers abide by the law. The UK government extended amnesty is a green light for poor employers to carry on paying illegal wages without fear […]

Violence at work is not ‘part of the job’, says UNISON

UNISON Media Release Violence at work is not ‘part of the job’ says UNISON as it launches a new health and safety guide today (Thursday). UNISON, Scotland’s largest public service union, says employers are failing workers in the community and voluntary sector by viewing violence at work as inevitable. The guide – It’s Not Part […]

Time to Care

From 1st October 2016 social care workers should be be paid £8.25 per hour. Are you? #TimetoCare Help UNISON enforce the Living Wage and Fair Work. Click here to fill in our Living Wage survey right now! New Social Care Rights from 1 October as demanded by Scottish Government • The Scottish Living Wage of £8.25 […]

Home care workers ask – we care, do you?

Scotland needs a quality home care service to meet the growing demand and also ensures that patients who shouldn’t be in hospital are cared for at home. While there is a welcome commitment to address this, the service at present is struggling. See more on the Public Works blog. This is reinforced in a report […]

Conference backs Scotland strategy on organising in voluntary sector

#uNDC16 Success in Scotland’s Organising for Growth Strategy will inform a UK wide approach to recruiting, organising and bargaining in the Community and Voluntary Sector as conference yesterday backed a Scotland motion to make this a key priority for UNISON. Community and Voluntary Sector is a growing part of the delivery of public services and many […]

Growing pains, a survey of youth workers

This survey is part of UNISON Scotland’s Damage series: a set of surveys looking at the impact of the ‘Age of Austerity’ on services and those who deliver them. The Conservative Government’s Austerity programme will result in a further £2billion of cuts to Scotland’s public services. Sadly the cuts that services have already endured, since […]

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