Briefings

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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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 ... Read More
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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 ... Read More
Health Visitor Survey

Health Visitor Survey

As part of the Children and Young People Act (Scotland) 2014, Health Visitors have been designated to be the Named Person for all children under 5 in Scotland.  Implementation of ... Read More
Relaxing borrowing rules

e-briefing Relaxing borrowing rules for councils

The new draft Local Authority (Capital Finance and Accounting) (Scotland) Regulations 2016 cover changes to the statutory arrangements for local authority borrowing, lending and the statutory loans fund. They were ... Read More
Briefing 70: Ethical Care Charter

Briefing 70: Ethical Care Charter

KEY POINTS: The Ethical Care Charter was developed to provide a better quality and dignified care service This should be delivered by a stable, well paid and trained workforce All ... Read More
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e-briefing Scottish Budget 2016-17

 e-briefing_ScottishBudget2016-17_Dec2015.pdf The Scottish Government has published its draft budget for 2016-17. This is somewhat later than usual, as they reasonably awaited the outcome of the UK Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. ...The ... Read More
Disconnected

Disconnected: ICT staff survey Nov 2015

UNISON survey of staff working in Information and Communications Technology Key Issues Communications technology offers opportunities to transform the delivery of services and increases opportunities citizens to input to the design ... Read More
e-briefing on Autumn Statement - Osborne forced to abandon savage tax credit cuts

e-briefing on Autumn Statement – Osborne forced to abandon savage tax credit cuts

e-briefing_UKAutumnStatement_Nov2015 PDF "The UK highlights include the abandonment of the savage Tax Credit cuts, following the government’s defeat in the House of Lords. Higher tax receipts and lower borrowing costs helped ... Read More
Briefing 69: Extending the Scottish Living Wage through procurement - updated - Nov 2015

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 ... Read More
Briefing 68: Trade Union Bill and Scotland - Sep 2015

Briefing 68: Trade Union Bill and Scotland – Sep 2015

 b068_PolicyBrief_TradeUnionBill+Scotland_Sep2015 PDF KEY POINTS: The Trade Union Bill is a crude attempt to weaken trade unions and workers rights. It runs contrary to the positive industrial relations culture in Scotland. It ... Read More

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