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.

  • Transport (Scotland) Bill

    4 July 2018

    Transport (Scotland) Bill The Scottish Government has introduced a Transport Bill into Parliament. It changes the way buses are regulated in Scotland, bans pavement and double parking and provides the legal framework for low emission zones. It also seeks greater integration of ticketing and makes changes to the governance of Scottish Canals. This briefing outlines the main provisions in the Bill and seeks views from ... See more...
  • Quality Social Care Procurement

    25 June 2018

    Quality Social Care Procurement Our latest briefing looks at the practice of social care procurement. There has been some progress since our 2017 survey, but there is still limited monitoring of the quality of services and workforce weightings during bid evaluation are far too low. 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...
  • Briefing 99 Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme Review

    19 June 2018

    Briefing 99 Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme ReviewThere is a consultation going on about a possible restructuring of Scottish Local Government Pensions schemes. The aim is to compare different options to improve the performance of the schemes by collaborating pooling or merger.  This briefing summarises the options being put forward in the consultation paper, and the challenges to implementing them. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in ... See more...
  • Climate Change Bill

    14 June 2018

    Climate Change BillThe Scottish Government has published the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill. This E-Brief looks at the reason why the Bill’s target of 90% emissions reduction by 2050 is “hugely disappointing.” With Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, we want the target to be net zero by 2050 at the latest. UNISON, with the Just Transition Partnership, is also calling for the Just Transition ... See more...
  • Local Governance Review: Democracy Matters

    5 June 2018

    Local Governance Review: Democracy MattersIn December 2017, the Scottish government and COSLA jointly launched a Local Governance Review. The aim is to make sure local communities have more say about how public services in their area are run.UNISON‟s Scottish Council considered the issues raised by the review at its February meeting. Here is a summary of that discussion: Local Governance response summary The Scottish government ... See more...
  • Fairer Scotland Duty

    3 May 2018

    Fairer Scotland DutyThe Fairer Scotland Duty came into force in April this year. The Scottish government has published interim guidance for public bodies to support them in meeting their obligations under the Act. The aim of the duty is to “put tackling inequality genuinely at the heart of key decision making.” This means that the Act and the guidance could be useful ... See more...
  • Briefing – public sector workforce

    22 March 2018

    Briefing - public sector workforce This is our annual look at the workforce statistics for the public sector areas UNISON Scotland organises in. The news is better this year for most, but not all sectors. 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 ... See more...
  • Local Government Pay Claim

    21 February 2018

    Local Government Pay ClaimUNISON members have suffered a real terms pay cut over the last ten years. Despite the news headlines following the budget, there was no allocation of funds to local authorities to meet the three percent pay rise that other public sector workers are likely to receive. The UNISON Local Government Committee is now in negotiations with the employer to secure a ... See more...
  • Damaging impact of unfair council cuts

    30 January 2018

    Damaging impact of unfair council cuts UNISON branches are campaigning hard against looming council budget cuts that will see more jobs lost and increasing damage to important services, with the most vulnerable people worst affected.  We oppose austerity cuts across all public services and the effects on the NHS are a key concern. Pressures over the winter saw A&E waiting times reach record highs in late ... See more...
  • Workforce planning for social care

    23 January 2018

    Workforce planning for social care The Scottish Government and COSLA have published the second stage of their strategy for workforce planning in the health and social care sector. This briefing outlines the plan for social care. Unlike the NHS, there are few tools or institutional structures for workforce planning in social care. This plan is therefore largely focused on the process of establishing workforce planning.     Share this:Click to share ... See more...
  • Guidance for the provision of healthcare in schools and nurseries

    12 January 2018

    Guidance for the provision of healthcare in schools and nurseriesThe Scottish government has published the long-awaited update on guidance for the provision of healthcare in schools and nurseries. The guidance is a substantial document which will require detailed reading when branches are working with employers to ensure the guidance is implemented. The new guidance takes on board some of UNISON’s key concerns. There are now clear policies about the training, ... See more...
  • Briefing – ScotGov pay policy

    22 December 2017

    Briefing - ScotGov pay policy The Scottish Government has published its pay policy for the next financial year. This briefing outlines the main provisions and the issues the branches concerned will wish to consider. 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 ... See more...
  • 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...

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