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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 […]

A Scottish approach to taxation: UNISON Scotland Submission to Scottish Parliament Finance Committee Inquiry – Sep 2016

A Scottish approach to taxation: UNISON Scotland’s Submission to the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee Inquiry – Sep 2016 PDF UNISON is the largest trade union in Scottish public services. Our members deliver services, pay taxes and also have a wider citizenship interest in how services are provided and paid for. We therefore welcome the opportunity to […]

Further cuts to local services not sustainable, says UNISON Scotland

Date: Tuesday 2 February 2016 UNISON Scotland is calling for the Scottish Parliament to use its powers to put more money into local services. By 2020 expenditure on public services will be 12.5% lower in real terms. That is on top of the £2.5bn cuts since 2010. This next round of cuts will mean at least […]

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 […]

e-briefing: Council Tax Freeze Explained – Jan 2016

 e-briefing: Council Tax Freeze Explained -Jan 2016 The announcement by Moray Council that they are to consider increasing the Council Tax has highlighted the Council Tax freeze. It is unlikely that many, if any, councils will actually increase the Council Tax, but it has at least sparked a debate about council funding. This is important in […]

‘Ultimate market madness’, UNISON’s statement on privatisation Scottish Water services

Date: Tuesday 6 October 2015 Dave Watson, head of UNISON Scotland bargaining and campaigns, said: “UNISON is deeply disappointed that the contract for Scotland’s public sector water and wastewater services is to be awarded to a privatised utility.  In fairness, the Scottish Government had few options because the system of retail water competition is the […]

Local Tax Reform response

The funding of local government has been a difficult issue for political parties. At best proposals have been sticking plaster solutions because change is viewed as being politically challenging. However, we simply cannot go on as we are with short-term fixes that damage services and undermine local democratic accountability. The council tax freeze was supposed […]

UNISON Scotland launches public services manifesto

UNISON, Scotland’s largest trade union, today launched its manifesto promoting public services for the General Election 2016. The UNISON Public Services Manifesto was launched at UNISON’s General Council at Glasgow Concert Hall, today, to over 250 unison members, by Scottish convener Lilian Macer. Lilian Macer, UNISON Scottish Convener, said: “This is a public services election. […]