Category Archives: Responses

‘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 […]

Police custody provisions

The Scottish Parliament Justice Committee is conducting an inquiry into police custody provision. In this submission, we set out the pressures on police staff, known as PCSO’s, who work in custody units across the country. As a consequence of staff cuts they are working under great pressure and police officers are being removed from operational […]

Police CCU Investigations

UNISON Scotland submission to the Justice Committee inquiry into Police Scotland complaints handling and the CCU.

Immigration and Scotland

The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee is conducting an inquiry into the impact EU exit might have on immigration to Scotland and how immigration powers should develop. In this UNISON Scotland response we set out the potential impact on public services and our members who are EU nationals. We also make the case for the […]

Response to Scottish National Investment Bank consultation

UNISON welcomes the decision to establish a Scottish National Investment Bank (SNIB). We have long argued that increased public investment is essential and that austerity policies are immensely damaging to the economy as well as to families struggling to get by. We have proposed that the Scottish Government and local authorities work with other public […]

Barclay Review: Impact on leisure services

The Barclay Review of business rates recommended ending the preferential tax treatment of ALEOs, including sport and leisure trusts. The Cabinet Secretary for Finance is giving further consideration to this recommendation. In this letter we set out UNISON’s concern over the financial impact on sports and leisure services in Scotland.

Local Government Budget 2018-19

The Scottish Parliament’s Local Government Committee is conducting an inquiry into the budget for the next financial year. At this stage we don’t have the draft budget, so our submission outlines the financial and other pressures on councils, who have taken the brunt of austerity cuts in Scotland. We also include the comments of members, […]

Fair Funding to Achieve Excellence and Equity in Education

UNISON believes that education including early years and childcare should be comprehensive and delivered free at the point of use via local authorities. This route offers democratic accountability and efficiency through economies of scale and allows school staff to focus on children. UNISON believes that it is investment in education and the development of education […]

Climate Change Bill Consultation Response

    UNISON is a member of the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland coalition and we support the submission from SCCS. We outline some of UNISON’s important priorities in the next section – such as the public sector leading by example and the Just Transition to a low carbon economy – but we start with the […]

Scottish Government Pay Policy

The Scottish Government’s annual pay policy covers UNISON members in NDPB’s, public corporations, fire and police. It also indirectly impacts on the rest of the public sector through its influence on budget allocations. In this submission to the government’s stakeholder consultation, we welcome the lifting of the 1% pay cap and set out the case for a […]