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There is little direct monitoring of home care services by councils, says UNISON

Direct contract monitoring of service users is very limited and very few visits are made to check service users are receiving contracted levels of care, according to a report published today (Monday)  by UNISON Scotland at a Community Sector Conference in Glasgow. UNISON are calling for monitoring arrangements to be adequately staffed and include site […]



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 076 Bargaining – Pay – May 2016

KEY POINTS: Pay in Scotland has fallen 12% in real terms since 2011 If it has risen in line with OBR forecast Scotland’s economy would be £11.6bn larger. That would have generated £3.6bn in extra government revenues. It would have saved £240m in benefits. Public sector pay has fallen by 10%, but much further behind […]



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 […]



Social Care in Scotland

Social care in Scotland is in crisis! The provision of social care has changed rapidly over the last 20 years, but our elderly population is expected to rise by 82% by the year 2035 and this requires a change in funding, greater joint planning and an emphasis on preventative spending. There needs to be better, […]



Procurement at the heart of strong manufacturing sector

#STUC16 UNISON’s Carol Ball threw the spotlight on procurement as Congress set out an ambitious plan to end the stagnation of manufacturing in Scotland through a long-term industrial strategy. Joining the criticisms of the Scottish Government’s ‘A Manufacturing Future for Scotland’ plan, Carol told delegates that this really is a missed opportunity for a much […]



Briefing No 75 – Procurement: New statutory guidance – April 2016

Briefing No 75 – Procurement: New statutory guidance – April 2016 Key Points: The Scottish Government has published a ‘suite’ of statutory guidance on public procurement under the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. There are also new procurement Regulations under the Act and transposing EU Directives into Scottish law. Procurement can and should be used […]



MSP e-briefing: Procurement changes fail to tackle tax dodging and backlisting – Jan 2016

 MSP e-briefing: Procurement changes fail to tackle tax dodging and backlisting – Jan 2016 This briefing is on the Procurement (Scotland) Regulations 2016. UNISON Scotland urges Members to demand explanations about why the Scottish Government’s new procurement regulations fail to properly tackle tax dodging and blacklisting, despite regular worthy words. The Procurement (Scotland) Regulations 2016 […]



Briefing 69: Extending the Scottish Living Wage through procurement – updated – Nov 2015

b069_BargainingBrief_LivingWage+Procurement_Nov2015 KEY POINTS: The Scottish Living Wage should be extended to all delivering public services. Social care is a key priority. Statutory Guidance sets out how Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 enables all public bodies to spread the benefits through procurement. Previous legal objections no longer apply. S52 Guidance requires local authorities to ensure there […]