Category Archives: Responses

Poverty and Attainment Inquiry

The enormous gap in qualifications between children in poor and wealthy areas in Scotland is simply a reflection of the inequality that scars Scottish society. A well fed child living in a comfortable warm home is going to find it easier to take part in education than one who is hungry and cold. Ending the […]

Response to The Review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004

  UNISON has a proud history of work for transgender equality. We have a very active network of transgender members who are represented in policy making a national level. All our members deliver public services to transgender people. This experience informs our response to the consultation.

Response on extending FOI to RSLs

UNISON believes that Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) should be covered under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA). We welcome the Draft Order under Section 5, but are concerned that this extension is not only long overdue but has been delayed to such an extent that the proposed commencement date is now 1 April […]

Pupils with Additional Support Needs

UNISON members are clear that currently we are not getting it right for children with additional support needs (ASN). Children with additional support needs are now physically in mainstream schools but many are far from mainstreamed into school life. The policy has not been supported with adequate funding for the learning support, healthcare needs and […]

Fuel poverty strategy

The Scottish Government is consulting over a new fuel poverty strategy. In this response we make the case for a more ambitious plan that eliminates fuel poverty as quickly as possible.

Evidence to the Local Government Committee on the proposed Planning Bill

The government states that: “The planning system supports the Scottish government’s purpose of creating a more successful country with opportunities for all to flourish through increasing sustainable economic growth.” UNISON is concerned that this suggests that planning must focus on economic development rather than community development. While the two are linked it should be made […]

Education Reform Consultation

UNISON does not believe that the proposals contained in the consultation are the best way to tackle the issues in Scottish education. UNISON is disappointed that the responses to original consultation have been ignored. When responses to a plan are so overwhelmingly negative it is best to take those views on board Instead the Scottish […]

The Planning Bill

 UNISON is concerned that the Planning Bill is about less regulation of businesses rather than improving lives. Planning was reformed less than 10 years ago. The problems in the system are caused by budget cuts and staff shortages not structures. UNISON is particularity concerned about the lack of detail in the financial memorandum. Much of […]

Impact of EU Exit on health and care

The Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee is conducting an inquiry into the impact of EU exit on the health and social care sector. In our submission to the inquiry we outline the concerns of our members who are EU nationals and the potential impact on service delivery. We suggest a number of actions that need […]

‘End period poverty’ member’s Bill consultation response

UNISON Scotland has a large number of women members on low incomes. We are fully supportive of this important proposed Bill. We believe it is essential that all women and girls, but in particular those living in poverty, should have a right of free access to sanitary products. As Monica Lennon says in the consultation […]