Category Archives: Public Works

Sheltered housing cuts increase loneliness in older people, says UNISON

UNISON Scotland is warning today against further cuts to sheltered housing budgets. The union says cuts are contributing to a generation of lonely older people and do not make financial sense when considering the effects on health. UNISON’s report, Giving Shelter released today (Friday, 6 April 2018), asked housing wardens about cuts in their sheltered […]

Giving shelter: cuts to sheltered housing

This is a survey of housing wardens sheltered housing officers, care support workers with a small number of people in other roles, e.g. cleaner, housing officer/manager, cook. All respondents are UNISON members It is part of UNISON Scotland’s Damage series – a range of reports into the impact of austerity cuts on the delivery of […]

Public Sector Futures Spring 2018

The latest edition of Futures gives updates on the local government budget, behaviour in schools and the expansion of early years education. There is also news on the latest review of local governance in Scotland and UNISON’s support for campaigns to improve how the Freedom of Information Act is currently working in Scotland.

UNISON statement on Scottish budget

The Scottish government has secured a deal with the Greens to pass its budget proposals ahead of a Holyrood vote. Finance Secretary Derek Mackay had been in negotiations with opposition leaders to find backing for his plans, which include changes to the tax system. The deal with the Greens will see an additional £170m going […]

Scotland’s road network is deteriorating because of cuts, says UNISON report

Road budgets have been cut by 21% since 2012 and is having a serious detrimental effect on Scotland’s road network UNISON Scotland’s report, Road to Nowhere (opposite) consulted council road teams around Scotland including: road workers, engineers, technicians, team and managers. These teams main responsibilities include: road maintenance, traffic management, and lighting. The workforce reported […]

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)

Futures Autumn 2017

This edition of Futures gives an overview of the new Scottish government programme in areas which could impact on UNISON members. In particular education reform, childcare expansion, the proposed socio-economic duty and the Barclay Review of non domestic rates

Building Stress: a survey of building control staff

This survey is the latest in our Damage series of reports which looks at the impact of austerity cuts on the country’s public services and the people who deliver them. It shows a group of workers who are short-staffed, overworked, stressed and long overdue a pay rise. This report reveals a dedicated workforce committed to ensuring […]

Council Connections June 2017

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

Public sector recruitment crisis because of ageing workforce, says UNISON report.

A new report from UNISON warns of a recruitment crisis in the public sector within the next decade because of an ageing workforce. UNISON say that 40% of the public sector workforce are to retire in the next 10 years. This is after a decade of austerity in public services which has drastically reduced the […]