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.

  • 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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...

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