Tag Archives: austerity

Professor Cole’s report into school closures

The Cole report raises a range of issues which are relevant not just to public sector building projects but to the safety of all building work in Scotland. Concerns go beyond new building projects and include the ongoing maintenance and safety of existing structures. UNISON believes that much more work needs to be done to […]

Support staff struggling to maintain standards for pupils because of cuts, says UNISON report

Lack of time, resources and heavy workloads mean support staff are struggling to maintain standards for pupils in Scotland. That is the finding of a wide ranging UNISON report released today (Monday 16 January 2017) In probably one of the biggest surveys of school support staff ever in Scotland, staff report heavier workloads, jobs cuts, lack […]

Hard Lessons: Support staff struggling to maintain standards for pupils because of cuts

This is a large scale survey of support staff working in schools across Scotland. It is a wide ranging report giving a clear overview of what is going on in Scottish schools. Its main finding is that support staff have lack of time, lack of resources and heavy workloads which mean they are struggling to […]

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 […]

e-briefing – Local Government 2016 – Audit Scotland Overview

Audit 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 […]

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. […]

Scotland’s home care service is at breaking point, says report from UNISON Scotland

The report – We care, do you? – is the latest in UNISON Scotland’s damage series which looks at the impact of austerity cuts on the country’s public services and the people who deliver them. The survey of home carers revealed: • 9 in 10 (88%) said they were limited to specific times for client […]

Briefing 079 Bargaining – Police Best Value – July 2016

KEY 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 […]

Council Connections 15 – May 2016

Local Government Reform While we await the new Scottish Government’s legislative programme, it seems clear that local government is in for a period of further reform. Reviews are promised of the structure of health boards and councils, together with new regional education bodies with more finance going directly to schools. There are also proposals to […]