Tag Archives: housing

First Minister must intervene in Bield Housing decision to close 12 care homes

Bield Housing and Care, announced yesterday (11 October) that they intend to close 12 care homes in Edinburgh, Falkirk, Glasgow, Borders, South Lanarkshire and West Lothian by summer 2018. Some 160 elderly people, with dependent needs  including 24 hour personal care and feeding assistance, will be evicted from the place they have called home for […]

Briefing 082 Policy – Tackling the housing crisis in Scotland – November 2016

KEY 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

No more excuses – time to address Scotland’s housing crisis.

#STUC16 The STUC will press the incoming Scottish Government to back Shelter Scotland’s campaign for a radical programme to build more affordable and social rent homes. It will also campaign for such a building programme to create directly employed construction jobs and apprenticeships. Supporting, UNISON’s Mark Ferguson told delegates that it is a national scandal […]

MSP e-briefing: Local Government Budget – Feb 2016

MSP e-briefing: Local Government Budget – Feb 2016 Cuts to Local Government are Unsustainable Public expenditure in Scotland faces year-on-year real term reductions. By 2020 it will be 12.5% lower in real terms than when the Conservatives came to power in 2010. This is the equivalent of one pound in every eight being cut by […]

MSP e-brief Private Housing (Tenancies) Bill Stage 1 debate

UNISON Scotland believes that housing has been left to the market for too long. The market has failed to deliver. The private owned and private rented sectors cannot address the shortage. This housing crisis requires a massive programme of social housing investment from the public sector. In our policy paper Making Homes for a Fairer […]

Briefing 71 – Why we need local government to deliver good health – Jan 2016

KEY POINTS: Protecting spending on health services isn’t just about protecting the NHS: local government also provides direct health services. Local Government services are vital services for maintaining health and wellbeing These cuts are unsustainable and will increasingly lead to higher costs for other services particularly the NHS. Extract Most of us hope that we […]

‘ICT should focus on providing better services not cuts’ says UNISON report

Date: Monday 30 November 2015 A UNISON Scotland report Disconnected, published today, 30 November 2015, claims that ICT services should focus on better services. The report highlights that ICT systems are all too often seen as a way of providing cheaper rather than improved public services. This UNISON report is qualitative research of ICT staff across Scotland working across […]

Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill

UNISON Scotland Evidence to the Scottish Parliament  Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee on  the Private Housing (Tenancies) (Scotland) Bill Scotland faces a massive crisis in the availability, the cost and the quality of our housing. There are more than 150,000 people on local authority housing waiting lists across Scotland in 2015, a level over 30% […]