Category Archives: Damage

Trading Safety – a survey of trading standards officers

Damage series This survey is part of UNISON Scotland’s Damage series: a programme of surveys looking at the impact of the age of austerity on services and those who deliver them. Trading Safety takes a closer look at the issues affecting staff in local authority trading standards teams. Trading standards teams are an essential local […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Hard Lessons: Support staff struggling to maintain standards for pupils because of cuts

This is a large scale survey of support staff working in schools across Scotland. It is a wide ranging report giving a clear overview of what is going on in Scottish schools. Its main finding is that support staff have lack of time, lack of resources and heavy workloads which mean they are struggling to […]

A Fairer Start: A survey of apprentices in Scotland’s public services

This survey is part of UNISON Scotland’s damage series which looks at the impact of austerity cuts on the country’s public services and the people who deliver them. The survey reveals a group of workers who are plagued by job insecurity. The track record of employers providing employment for apprenticeship schemes is patchy but generally […]

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 […]

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 […]

Doing the rounds – District Nurses survey – April 2016

Service at risk of collapse needs significant investment It is evident from this UNISON survey and the work being carried out within the District Nurse Review that this service is at risk of collapse. An aging workforce, poor staffing levels, IT solutions which are not fit for purpose, lack of clarity and feelings of take over within […]

Registering Concern: survey of registrars – March 2016

Key Issues • Staff are under enormous pressure to deliver a high quality service with increasing demand and fewer resources. • Budgets have been cut leading to job losses in registrars departments • Delays have a serious impact on services users causing distress at a difficult time and delaying access to, for example, child benefit and organising funerals […]