Local Government

Local goverment serves the peopleLocal Government is UNISON Scotland’s biggest service group. Its remit covers a range of employees including those of all of Scotland’s councils, Direct Labour and Direct Service Organisations, Trusts, Joint Boards, voluntary and related organisations and private companies.

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Help defeat COVID19 by becoming a health and safety rep.

CORONAVIRUS Education staff: Why not think about becoming a health and safety rep. in your school? Never have they been ... Read More

Great deal more work needs done before children can return to childcare and schools.

UNISON, the largest trade union representing education staff, has responded to Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that early years and childcare services ... Read More

UNISON Week 285 – Education Staff Survey Results, Coronavirus Updates … & more

UNISON Week 285:  Education Staff Survey Results, UNISON Pressure Secures Sick Pay and Death in Service Benefit for Care Staff ... Read More

STUC response to Scottish government framework to exit lockdown

Following the statement by the First Minister, the Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Fair Work Fiona Hyslop met with the ... Read More

UNISON Week 284 – Coronavirus (Scotland) No2 Bill & more

UNISON Week 284 - Coronavirus (Scotland) No2 Bill & more - Read full newsletter here ... Read More

Survey about safe working in schools, early learning and childcare

CORONAVIRUS EDUCATION STAFF: UNISON is conducting this short survey of staff working in education. We need your views about safe ... Read More

Dave Prentis, General Secretary, talks to members about support over returning to work.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis talking to members about support over return to work: "As far as UNISON is concerned your ... Read More

UNISON launch campaign for ‘heroic’ local government workers

UNISON has launched a campaign today (Monday) for local government workers who are delivering vital services during COVID-19 crisis. They are calling ... Read More

Covid-19 Safety Pack: Workplace health and safety

CORONAVIRUS ALL MEMBERS: Workplace health and safety is central to the union’s pandemic response and this will intensify as we ... Read More

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Latest local government briefings

Briefing 113 Draft Budget 2020-21

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The Scottish Government draft budget for 2020/21 has been published. The spending total amounts to a real terms increase of ...

e-brief Local Government Bench-marking

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The Improvement Service has published the annual National Benchmarking Overview report. The report covers children’s services, adult social care, culture ...

Briefing 109: Local Government Financial Overview

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Audit Scotland published a financial overview of local government finance at the end of 2019. This report gives both an ...

Bargaining Briefing 106: Devolved School Management Changes

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The Scottish government has published new Devolved School Management (DSM) Guidelines on school funding decisions by local authorities. This guidance ...

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Latest responses and submissions

Response: Planning Performance and Fees February 2020

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UNISON has been raising concerns about problems in planning departments for some time. We published papers based on surveys of ...

Pre-Budget Scrutiny: Roads Maintenance in Scotland

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There is no doubt that local government has borne the brunt of cuts over the last 10 years. Reports,from COSLA, ...

Pre-Budget Scrutiny: long-term financial sustainability of local government

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It is clear that local government has borne the brunt of cuts over the last 10 years. A range of ...

Additional Support Needs

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This is the latest evidence from UNISON regarding the  Scottish parliament Education Committee's  follow up on its enquiry into support ...

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