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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 […]

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. […]

UNISON have withdrawn from negotiating table with Police Scotland

This letter to UNISON members explains why we have notified Scottish Police Authority and Police Service of Scotland that we will not participate in today’s Joint Negotiation & Consultative Committee (JNCC). Employers are refusing to table discussions on pay claims, department restructuring, police station closures and a £20m black hole in the police finances. UNISON have […]

e-briefing – NHS Scotland 2016 – Audit Scotland Overview

The 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 […]

UNISON response to Audit Scotland report ‘NHS struggling to keep up with rising demand and cost pressures’

UNISON Scotland welcomes Audit Scotland report: ‘NHS struggling to keep up with rising demand and cost pressures’ released on 17 October 2016, calling on all sides of the debate to take specific measures to tackle the problems identified within it. Matt McLaughlin, UNISON health regional organiser said, “There are positives in this report such as […]

Draft Budget 2017-18: Evidence to Scottish Parliament Local Government Committee – Oct 2016

Summary: Local government budget It is very difficult to respond to calls for evidence on a budget when there is so little information available. Our comments are therefore based on the Scottish government’s statements and published programme for government and members’ experience of recent local government budget cuts. Public expenditure in Scotland faces year-on-year real term […]