Tag Archives: Public Works

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UNISON have withdrawn from negotiating table with Police Scotland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 […]

Futures number 17 autumn/winter 2016

 Latest edition of Futures covering the Scottish government’s plans for the upcoming year, the possibilities of a new Scottish approach to taxation, the consultaitons on expanding childcare, education governance and the new Child Poverty Bill.  The Scottish government is holding consultation events across the country on planned changes to schoos and childcare governance. Details of events […]

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 […]

Glasgow Council IT staff make case for keeping services in house directly to councillors

Glasgow City Council IT staff facing privatisation are making the case for keeping services in house directly to councillors. IT staff union UNISON have produced a report ‘For Glasgow; By Glasgow; In Glasgow’ urging councillors to work with staff and unions to develop an in-house bid to supply services, rather than outsourcing the service to […]

Child Poverty Bill

There are currently 220,000 children living in poverty, and two-thirds of them are living in a household where someone works.[1] Many of our members are working long hours to make ends meet: struggling to pay bills or unable to afford to take up more hours because of the high costs or unavailability of child care. […]

e-Briefing – PPP: cracking down on costs

In our report and toolkit ‘Combating Austerity’, we showed how public bodies could make savings on their Public Private Partnerships (PPP) schemes. This applies to all PPP schemes, be they legacy PFI schemes or the newer rebranded PPP schemes like NPD or the Hub Initiative. There are 95 projects that are estimated to pay out […]

e-Briefing – Council Tax changes 2016

The Scottish Government has published a Statutory Instrument to change the proportion of Council Tax collected at each band. This modest reform to the Council Tax is intended to increase revenue and make the Council Tax fairer, by increasing the proportion collected from higher band properties. There are eight bands at present. The lower four […]