Briefings

B&C-logoLatest UNISON Scotland Briefings from the Bargaining and Campaigns Team. UNISON Scotland Briefings include Bargaining and Policy Briefings for branches on a wide range of policy and employment issues, e-briefings and Legal Updates and briefings for MSPs and MPs and others to represent UNISON policy where decisions are being made.

  • Local Government budget update

    3 February 2017

    Local Government budget update Our updated briefing on the implications of the Scottish government’s draft budget for local government after the budget revisions announced in parliament on 2nd February. We have still to see the details, but the interim numbers look like a significant improvement on the original allocations. However, most councils will still face difficult budget decisions and cuts in services. See more...
  • Local Government Budget Cuts

    27 January 2017

    Local Government Budget Cuts This briefing aims to provide some clarity for branches round the proposed budget. The local government budget is finally getting some attention but the debate is increasingly confused with lots of numbers and acronyms bandied round creating lots of sound but very little light. Yesterday’s debate in parliament was typical. The 2017-18 draft budget will cut the local government budget by ... See more...
  • Briefing 084 Bargaining – Health and Social Care Delivery Plan – January 2017

    4 January 2017

    Briefing 084 Bargaining – Health and Social Care Delivery Plan – January 2017KEY POINTS: • A major shift of treatment into community settings is planned • Some services and treatments will be centralised on either a regional or national basis. • A new Public Health Strategy will be developed and mental health services will be mainstreamed across all health services • A new Workforce Plan will be developed in 2017 Introduction The Scottish Government have published a Health ... See more...
  • Briefing 83 – Draft Scottish Budget 2017-18

    16 December 2016

    Briefing 83 - Draft Scottish Budget 2017-18 This is a briefing on the Scottish Government’s draft budget for 2017-18. It covers how the Scottish Government intends to raise revenue, including its use of the new devolved powers over taxation. It then sets out the spending plans and how they are likely to impact on the services UNISON members deliver. See more...
  • e-briefing – Local Government 2016 – Audit Scotland Overview

    30 November 2016

    e-briefing – Local Government 2016 – Audit Scotland OverviewAudit Scotland has published its annual overview of the financial state of local government in Scotland. In accountancy terms councils are in sound financial health, with a slight increase in reserves and a reduction in debt. However, significant challenges for local government finance lie ahead. Councils’ budgets are under increasing pressure from a long-term decline in funding, rising demand for ... See more...
  • Briefing 082 Policy – Tackling the housing crisis in Scotland – November 2016

    29 November 2016

    Briefing 082 Policy - Tackling the housing crisis in Scotland - November 2016KEY POINTS: * Investment in social housing – including council housing – is the key to addressing Scotland’s housing crisis. * The Scottish Government target for ‘affordable’ housing of 50,000 over the next five years falls short of the number of homes required * More funding for social housing is required – from taxation and from other sources such as public sector pension fund investment * The private ... See more...
  • E-briefing – Autumn Statement and Scotland – Nov 2016

    23 November 2016

    E-briefing - Autumn Statement and Scotland - Nov 2016 This briefing highlights the main implications of the UK Autumn Statement for UNISON members in Scotland. While the £800m additional capital spending is welcome, there is nothing for revenue spending where the greatest pressures are in the Scottish budget. The economic forecasts are almost all downgraded and that will also have longer term implications for public services. E-Briefing  Today’s Autumn Statement  is traditionally when the Chancellor ... See more...
  • Policy Briefing 81 Education and Early Years Consultations

    3 November 2016

    Policy Briefing 81 Education and Early Years ConsultationsThe Scottish Government has now published 2 consultations on its plans for education and childcare. The first Empowering teachers, parents and communities excellence and equity in education is seeking views on their plans to change how schools and nurseries are organised/governed and A blue print for 2020: the expansion of early learning and childcare in Scotland focuses specifically on the ... See more...
  • e-briefing – NHS Scotland 2016 – Audit Scotland Overview

    27 October 2016

    e-briefing - NHS Scotland 2016 - Audit Scotland OverviewThe key message in this year’s Audit Scotland report is that funding is not keeping pace with increasing demand and the needs of an ageing population. NHS boards are facing an extremely challenging financial position and many had to use short-term measures to break even. On finance, the report says that in 2015/16, the total health budget was £12.2 billion, 40% of the ... See more...
  • e-Briefing – PPP: cracking down on costs

    12 September 2016

    e-Briefing - PPP: cracking down on costsIn our report and toolkit ‘Combating Austerity’, we showed how public bodies could make savings on their Public Private Partnerships (PPP) schemes. This applies to all PPP schemes, be they legacy PFI schemes or the newer rebranded PPP schemes like NPD or the Hub Initiative. There are 95 projects that are estimated to pay out over £35 billion in unitary ... See more...
  • e-Briefing – Council Tax changes 2016

    8 September 2016

    e-Briefing - Council Tax changes 2016 The Scottish Government has published a Statutory Instrument to change the proportion of Council Tax collected at each band. This modest reform to the Council Tax is intended to increase revenue and make the Council Tax fairer, by increasing the proportion collected from higher band properties. There are eight bands at present. The lower four bands A to D will remain ... See more...
  • Scottish Government Plan 2016-17

    6 September 2016

    Scottish Government Plan 2016-17Policy Briefing No 80: The Scottish Government has published its ‘Plan for Scotland 2016/17’. This plan covers their legislative and administrative actions for the coming year. There are a number of Bills that will impact on UNISON members. In addition, there are significant actions proposed that could change the way public services are delivered in Scotland. This briefing outlines the plan’s measures that most impact on ... See more...
  • Education Plan – more detail needed Kirby tells CoSLA

    1 September 2016

    Education Plan - more detail needed Kirby tells CoSLAUNISON welcomes the opportunity to contribute to today’s proceedings. Whatever industrial relations differences we may have there will be issues of common cause of a strategic nature and we welcome this engagement, UNISON Scottish secretary told CoSLA on 11 August 2016. I’ll try to focus on your four areas identified in the paper, but as I will argue, education provision is about ... See more...
  • Briefing 079 Bargaining – Police Best Value – July 2016

    6 July 2016

    Briefing 079 Bargaining - Police Best Value - July 2016KEY POINTS: Police Scotland is failing to provide Best Value because of unrealistic targets to maintain an arbitrary minimum number of police officers while cutting back on efficient and cost effective police staff who deliver vital specialised and skilled functions Police reform has resulted in centralisation which undermines local control and effective decision making Police Scotland faces an impossible £1.1 billion austerity budget ... See more...
  • Briefing 078 Policy – Education Delivery Plan – July 2016

    4 July 2016

    Briefing 078 Policy - Education Delivery Plan - July 2016This briefing covers the Scottish Government’s Education Delivery Plan. It sets out measures to reduce the attainment gap in Scottish education. They include some budgetary devolution to schools, backed up with a wide range of national controls including, direct funding, standards, testing, advisors and data transparency. The plan also points to structural change that will be the subject of further consultation ... See more...
  • Term Time Working Briefing

    25 May 2016

    Term Time Working Briefing Term time working should be included as an option in any workplace agreements around flexible working Employers must consider Term Time working requests as they would any other flexible working request. If requests are not granted clear reasons must be given Employees have the right to appeal decisions.  See more...
  • Briefing 077 Bargaining – Term Time Working – May 2016

    25 May 2016

    Briefing 077 Bargaining - Term Time Working - May 2016  Term time working is a form of flexible working with particular relevance to parents or other UNISON members with childcare responsibilities . It is becoming a more popular request, particularly as families seek to cope with stagnating incomes and rising childcare costs. Term time working should play a part in our bargaining agenda as part of helping members attain better ... See more...
  • Briefing 076 Bargaining – Pay – May 2016

    20 May 2016

    Briefing 076 Bargaining - Pay - May 2016 KEY POINTS: Pay in Scotland has fallen 12% in real terms since 2011 If it has risen in line with OBR forecast Scotland’s economy would be £11.6bn larger. That would have generated £3.6bn in extra government revenues. It would have saved £240m in benefits. Public sector pay has fallen by 10%, but much further behind inflation. IPPR model shows that the real cost of public sector ... See more...
  • Briefing No 75 – Procurement: New statutory guidance – April 2016

    7 April 2016

    Briefing No 75 - Procurement: New statutory guidance - April 2016 Briefing No 75 – Procurement: New statutory guidance – April 2016 Key Points: The Scottish Government has published a ‘suite’ of statutory guidance on public procurement under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. There are also new procurement Regulations under the Act and transposing EU Directives into Scottish law. Procurement can and should be used to extend the Living Wage, address ... See more...
  • E-Briefing: Public Sector Workforce

    21 March 2016

    E-Briefing: Public Sector WorkforceThis is our annual study of the Scottish public sector workforce statistics. It shows changes over the past year and looks at some historical trends as well. http://www.unison-scotland.org/library/ebrief-workforce-statistics-1.pdf Briefings See more...

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