Category Archives: Reports

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 […]

Pensions Bulletin No 51 – Oct 2016

Latest on pensions from UNISON Scotland (see also our pensions site www.pensionsscotland.org) Pension Seminar The UNISON Scotland annual pensions seminar will be held on Monday 28 November 2016 at UNISON House, 14 West Campbell Street, Glasgow G2 6RX. It is open to branch pension contacts and champions; pension board members and others with an interest in […]

Health in UNISON Skills Charter

Our Health Committee is calling on the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland employers to develop a “Skills Charter” which would see significant investment in support workers across the NHS. The call was made as we launched our own ‘Health in UNISON, Skills Charter’ We welcome the commitment shown by the employers and the Scottish Government to remove […]

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 […]

UNISON Scotland Young Members Committee newsletter

Welcome to UNISON Scotland Young Members Committee newsletter. Here you’ll find all the contact details needed to get involved, as well as campaign news, training opportunities and updates on young member activity both in Scotland and across the UK. We hope you enjoy it! Please send the link to this page around UNISON members and you are […]

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 […]

Social Care in Scotland

Social care in Scotland is in crisis! The provision of social care has changed rapidly over the last 20 years, but our elderly population is expected to rise by 82% by the year 2035 and this requires a change in funding, greater joint planning and an emphasis on preventative spending. There needs to be better, […]

The Impact of Austerity on Scotland: damage done and routes to recovery

UNISON Scotland has commissioned this report from leading economist Professor John Maclaren in order to offer analysis of the impact of austerity in Scotland and of what policy measures the Scottish Parliament might be put in place to mitigate its effects. Impact of Austerity on Scotland: damage done and routes to recovery Introduction, Key Points […]