Category Archives: Responses

Health and Social Care Workforce Planning

The Scottish Government is consulting about a new approach to workforce planning in health and social care. In UNISON Scotland’s response we highlight the weaknesses in the current fragmented system and the challenges facing the sector in the coming years. We argue for a national workforce framework that includes consistent data collection and a sectoral […]

NHS Scotland Staff Governance Standard

The Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee is conducting an inquiry into the NHS Scotland Staff Governance Standard. This is the UNISON Scotland submission to that inquiry, which confirms our support for the Standard, while recognising that it can always be improved.

Proposed Guidance to support the Provision of Healthcare Needs in Schools

UNISON has recently published a report (Hard Lessons) which contains feedback from members working in schools. Key concerns raised are the lack of training and consistent clear policies round the range of complex health and personal care tasks that are required to support children and young people in the educations system. UNISON therefore welcomes the […]

Additional Support Needs in Schools

UNISON conducted a survey of members working in schools in September 2016 while the survey focused on the impact of cuts on schools members answers to the questions highlighted a range of issues which are relevant to the committee’s inquiry into Additional Support Needs in schools. The key challenges raised by members were: Increased general […]

The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare

UNISON welcomes the Scottish government’s proposals to expand early learning and childcare. It is an important step in both tackling poverty and the attainment gap that harms children who live in poverty and our society as a whole. We need to make sure that we learn the lessons of the adult care sector where we […]

UNISON response to the Education Governance Consultation

UNISON believes that education, including early years and childcare, should be both comprehensive and delivered free at the point of use by local authorities. This route offers democratic local accountability and efficiency through economies of scale. The key issue for school education is not governance but budget cuts. Schools have had £300million in cuts over […]

2030 Nursing Vision – UNISON Scotland Nursing Sector Response – Dec 2016

UNISON Scotland Nursing Sector Committee Response to Scottish Government consultation on 2030 Nursing Vision December 2016 Introduction UNISON is the largest union representing workers in the public services across Scotland. We have thousands of members in the health and social care sectors and we represent nurses and other health professionals in the NHS. The UNISON […]

Police Budget Inquiry – Nov 2016

This is the UNISON Scotland evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Sub-Committee on Policing inquiry into financial planning for 2017/18. This is a challenging inquiry because there is little evidence that the police budget has been sorted for this year – let alone next year. Our submission calls for budget clarity and a reminder that […]