B&C-logoLatest UNISON Scotland Briefings from the Bargaining and Campaigns Team. UNISON Scotland Briefings include Bargaining and Policy Briefings for branches on a wide range of policy and employment issues, e-briefings and Legal Updates and briefings for MSPs and MPs and others to represent UNISON policy where decisions are being made.

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Report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery June 2020

This briefing looks at the recommendations of the independent Advisory Group on Post-Covid 19 Economic Recovery. The Group presented its report to the Scottish Government on 22 June. The full ... Read More
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Education Recovery Programme May 2020

The Scottish government has indicated that schools will return on August 11th. Some staff are also currently working in hubs. There also appears to be an expectation that early learning ... Read More
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Briefing 114 – Living Wage in Adult Social Care

The uprated Scottish Living Wage should be paid to all workers in adult social care who are employed via contracts commissioned by councils or integrated joint boards( IJBs) ... Read More
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Briefing 113 Draft Budget 2020-21

The Scottish Government draft budget for 2020/21 has been published. The spending total amounts to a real terms increase of 3.6% on last year. However, this does not mean that ... Read More
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Independent Inquiry: Mental Health Services in Tayside

The report from the inquiry onto mental health services in Tayside has now been published. This followed serious issues about services being raised in the Scottish parliament. A UNISON chaired ... Read More
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e-brief Local Government Bench-marking

The Improvement Service has published the annual National Benchmarking Overview report. The report covers children’s services, adult social care, culture and leisure, environmental services, corporate services housing and economic development ... Read More
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Briefing 111: Early Learning and Childcare: outdoor learning

The Scottish government has now published its guide for creating outdoor play experiences in early learning and childcare. The government is committed to including increased opportunities for outdoor play in ... Read More
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Briefing 109: Local Government Financial Overview

Audit Scotland published a financial overview of local government finance at the end of 2019. This report gives both an overview of the picture across Scotland and detail on the ... Read More
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On 20 December 2018, the Court of Appeal in Lord Chancellor v McCloud (and others) held that in relation to the judicial and firefighters’ pension schemes, transitional provisions introduced in ... Read More
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Briefing 107 Save from Harm: A Survey of Social Work Staff

This briefing gives an overview of Save From Harm: a survey of social work staff.  The survey looks at the impact of austerity on social work teams. The report highlights key ... Read More

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