Category Archives: Council Connections

Council Connections – July 2018

This is the July edition of our e-bulletin Council Connections. Linking to all the UNISON news about Scottish local government.

Council Connections – April 2018

This is the latest edition of our Council Connections newsletter. All the news for those who care about local government in Scotland.

Council Connections September 2017

The latest edition of Council Connections 

Council Connections June 2017

This is the latest Council Connections bulletin, covering the key issues facing local government in Scotland.   

Council Connections 17

This is the latest Council Connections bulletin, covering the key issues facing local government in Scotland.

Council Connections 16 – September 2016

This is the September 2016 edition of our Council Connections bulletin. Covering changes to the council tax, home care service delivery and education reform.

Council Connections 15 – May 2016

Local Government Reform While we await the new Scottish Government’s legislative programme, it seems clear that local government is in for a period of further reform. Reviews are promised of the structure of health boards and councils, together with new regional education bodies with more finance going directly to schools. There are also proposals to […]

Council Connections 14 – March 2016

Local Government Budget The Scottish Government’s budget allocations are, yet again, placing the burden of austerity onto local community services. A cut of £350m (£500m in real terms) reduces local government’s share of the Scottish budget by 1.7% from 32.3% to 30.6% in 2016-17, as we explain in our MSP briefing, and in more detail […]

Council Connections 13 – Jan 2016

Draft Budget 2016/17 The big loser in the draft budget is local government. The budget is cut by 3.5% or £500m in cash terms. On top of that there are additional commitments like the NI increases that could double that cut. CoSLA calculates this will cost 15,000 jobs or ‘the equivalent of 50 Tata Steelworks’ […]