Tag Archives: cuts

Vital local services in Scotland are collapsing say council staff in UNISON survey

Local government spending cuts have left councils in Scotland unable to meet the needs of local communities and, in some cases, are putting the public at risk, says UNISON today (Monday). A survey, released to coincide with the union’s local government conference, reveals that almost eight in ten (78%) council workers have no confidence in […]

Unions serve notice of strike action on East Dunbartonshire Council

Unions have served formal notice on East Dunbartonshire Council and its offshoot East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust of four days of strike action over proposed cuts to workers’ terms and conditions. UNISON members will take strike action on 21, 22, 25 and 26 June. UNISON has also served notice that from 2 July, its members […]

Poverty and Attainment Inquiry

The enormous gap in qualifications between children in poor and wealthy areas in Scotland is simply a reflection of the inequality that scars Scottish society. A well fed child living in a comfortable warm home is going to find it easier to take part in education than one who is hungry and cold. Ending the […]

Moray UNISON events against ‘Valentine’s Day massacre of services’

Moray UNISON Press release: The councillors of Moray Council will meet on 14th February 2018 to consider proposals to cuts services and jobs across the Authority with scant regard to the submissions made by trade unions, interest groups and the general public as part of the recent consultation exercise. What Council employees and the Moray […]

Pupils with Additional Support Needs

UNISON members are clear that currently we are not getting it right for children with additional support needs (ASN). Children with additional support needs are now physically in mainstream schools but many are far from mainstreamed into school life. The policy has not been supported with adequate funding for the learning support, healthcare needs and […]

Evidence to the Local Government Committee on the proposed Planning Bill

The government states that: “The planning system supports the Scottish government’s purpose of creating a more successful country with opportunities for all to flourish through increasing sustainable economic growth.” UNISON is concerned that this suggests that planning must focus on economic development rather than community development. While the two are linked it should be made […]

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 […]

Education Reform Consultation

UNISON does not believe that the proposals contained in the consultation are the best way to tackle the issues in Scottish education. UNISON is disappointed that the responses to original consultation have been ignored. When responses to a plan are so overwhelmingly negative it is best to take those views on board Instead the Scottish […]

The Planning Bill

 UNISON is concerned that the Planning Bill is about less regulation of businesses rather than improving lives. Planning was reformed less than 10 years ago. The problems in the system are caused by budget cuts and staff shortages not structures. UNISON is particularity concerned about the lack of detail in the financial memorandum. Much of […]

Supporting Children’s Learning Draft Code of Practice 2017

  UNISON members work in a range of roles supporting children with additional support needs. They deliver services in local government,the NHS and the third sector. Our members believe that currently we are not Getting It Right For Every Child with additional  support needs. Updating the code is welcome but without appropriate funding for both […]