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.

  • Briefing – Draft Scottish Budget

    14 December 2017

    Briefing - Draft Scottish Budget Our latest briefing on the draft Scottish budget for the next financial year. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)MoreClick to print (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in ... See more...
  • Fair funding for local government

    30 November 2017

    Fair funding for local government  Council services have born the brunt of austerity in Scotland. With the draft Scottish budget due on 14 December, we set out the evidence for a fair funding deal for Scottish local government. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on ... See more...
  • UK Budget 2017

    22 November 2017

    UK Budget 2017 Our briefing on the UK Autumn Budget 2017 and the implications for UNISON members in Scotland. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)MoreClick to print (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a ... See more...
  • Assessing the impact of austerity cuts

    9 November 2017

    Assessing the impact of austerity cuts This e-brief is a reminder for UNISON branches of the importance of cuts impact assessments. Branches and Regional Organisers should ensure CIA Forms are completed/updated regularly for each employer, recording initial savings proposals then actual cuts agreed. This helps in our campaigning, locally and nationally. (2018/19 Form here) Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on ... See more...
  • e-brief Education Reform

    8 November 2017

    e-brief Education Reform The Scottish government has launched a consultation on the next stage of their programme of education reform. The proposals have implications for members not just in schools and nurseries but across local government and further education colleges. The proposals cover five areas: A head teachers charter Parental and community engagement Pupil participation New Regional Improvement Collaboratives A new Education Workforce Council Share this:Click to share on Facebook ... See more...
  • Scottish Budget: Role of Income Tax

    7 November 2017

    Scottish Budget: Role of Income Tax The Scottish Government has published a discussion document on the role income tax can play in the forthcoming Scottish Budget. Of the new devolved taxation powers income tax is the largest generator of revenue to pay for public services in Scotland. The paper explains how the budget is constructed and sets out four options for changing income tax. In this briefing we ... See more...
  • Barclay Review and Leisure Trusts

    28 September 2017

    Barclay Review and Leisure Trusts This briefing updates branches on one aspect of the Barclay Review of business rates. The proposal to end the tax exemption for arms length trusts. The Scottish Government has decided to consider further this proposal in light of the financial implications for sport and leisure services. Branches are asked to forward views from members in the sector to inform the UNISON submission Share this:Click ... See more...
  • Scottish Government Programme 2017-18

    6 September 2017

    Scottish Government Programme 2017-18 The Scottish Government has published its programme of legislation and administrative actions for the coming parliamentary year. This briefing gives an overview of the programme, highlighting the issues of most interest to UNISON members. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share ... See more...
  • Business rates review

    25 August 2017

    Business rates review The Scottish Government established a review of business rates that has now reported. This briefing outlines the review’s recommendations and the implications for UNISON members. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)MoreClick to print (Opens ... See more...
  • Air Quality in Scotland

    4 July 2017

    Air Quality in Scotland Poor air quality is Scotland’s silent killer. The UK and Scottish governments have been criticised for not taking effective action and a court recently agreed. There are a range of mostly transport measures that could be taken. However, we also need to recognise that these will impact on UNISON members getting to and  from work as well as doing their jobs, ... See more...
  • Health and Social Care Workforce Planning

    29 June 2017

    Health and Social Care Workforce Planning The Scottish Government has published Part 1 of its new approach to health and social care workforce planning. This briefing outlines the plan, which primarily deals with workforce planning within NHS Scotland. Part 2 will deal with the social care workforce. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ ... See more...
  • Severance Policy for Scotland

    22 June 2017

    Severance Policy for Scotland The Scottish Government is consulting over a range of changes to severance payments in Scotland following changes imposed in England by the UK government. The details are set out in Briefing 86. In this response UNISON Scotland argues that these changes are unnecessary and reflect a different policy approach by the UK government that should not be adopted in Scotland. They ... See more...
  • Queen’s Speech

    22 June 2017

    Queen's Speech Our briefing on the Scottish implications of the Queen’s Speech as it impacts on UNISON members. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)MoreClick to print (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a ... See more...
  • The Ageing Workforce

    14 June 2017

    The Ageing Workforce This briefing reports on our latest research on the ageing workforce. It use FoI requests to public sector employers in Scotland on the composition of their workforce by age band. The data shows an ageing workforce with significant challenges for service deliver over the next ten years, when almost 40% of staff are likely to retire. The briefing also outlines a range of measures ... See more...
  • Important information for workers registered with regulatory bodies

    6 May 2017

    Important information for workers registered with regulatory bodiesImportant information for UNISON members who are registered professional members of any of the health and social care professional regulatory bodies listed below. IF YOUR PROFESSIONAL REGULATORY BODY INFORMS YOU OF A COMPLAINT OR ALLEGATION THAT YOUR FITNESS TO PRACTISE IS IMPAIRED PLEASE READ THIS BULLETIN AND… 1. DO NOT DELAY! INFORM YOUR UNISON BRANCH RIGHT AWAY! 2. GIVE YOUR LOCAL UNISON REPRESENTATIVE ... See more...
  • A Severance Policy for Scotland

    10 April 2017

    A Severance Policy for Scotland The Scottish Government has published a consultation paper on a new severance policy for Scotland. It follows plans by the UK Government to cap exit payments and claw back  payments when staff are reemployed in the public sector. They are also planning to limit severance provisions. The Scottish Government has the power to introduce similar provisions, but is under no obligation to do so. ... See more...
  • e-Briefing – Scottish Attitudes Poll March 2017 – It’s public services stupid!

    31 March 2017

    e-Briefing - Scottish Attitudes Poll March 2017 - It’s public services stupid! Public services are the number one issue for the vast majority of Scottish voters. We are publishing a full-scale poll, undertaken by Survation for UNISON Scotland, that asked voters to tell us their priorities for the local government elections. Public services were the top priority followed by the economy and job security. The results were clear over 70% of those who took ... See more...
  • Scottish public sector workforce statistics 2016

    24 March 2017

    Scottish public sector workforce statistics 2016 This is our annual look at the end of year statistics on the Scottish public sector workforce. It shows another significant fall in the total public sector workforce, with local government taking the biggest hit. Since the financial crash, Scottish councils have taken a staggering 91% of all public sector job losses in Scotland. Demonstrating, yet again, that austerity in Scotland has largely ... See more...
  • Delivering quality social care procurement

    13 March 2017

    Delivering quality social care procurement New research undertaken by UNISON Scotland shows that the new care procurement rules are being poorly implemented. The research shows that very little direct monitoring of home care visits are being undertaken. In addition, the weighting given to fair work matters is far too low. This briefing sets out the details and guidance to branches. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in ... See more...
  • 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. Share this:Click to share ... See more...

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