Category Archives: Damage

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 […]

Health Visitor Survey

As part of the Children and Young People Act (Scotland) 2014, Health Visitors have been designated to be the Named Person for all children under 5 in Scotland.  Implementation of the Named Person aspects of the Act is due to come into effect in August 2016. There is currently a shortage of Health Visitors across […]

Disconnected: ICT staff survey Nov 2015

UNISON survey of staff working in Information and Communications Technology Key Issues Communications technology offers opportunities to transform the delivery of services and increases opportunities citizens to input to the design and delivery of services. Not investing properly will only lead to increased costs in the future. • IT strategies too focused on cutting costs rather […]

Learning the hard way – FE staff survey – Sep 2015

Learning the hard way – Survey of Further Education Members September 2015 Key findings Number of colleges has reduced from 37 to 20 Real terms funding has fallen by 12.3% Colleges have transferred £99m to independent foundations. Colleges have secured about £20 million from these funds 64% of staff in colleges who responded to our […]

Combating Austerity: Signposting the ways Scotland could limit some of the damage

The Conservative Government’s austerity programme will result in around a further £2 billion of cuts to Scotland’s public services. There is a broad consensus across Scotland that austerity is damaging to public services and the economy. UNISON Scotland is part of the campaign against austerity. As part of combating austerity we should also look at practical ways in […]