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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Glasgow’s trade unions to protest in defence of services and jobs as local government financial crisis mounts

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY Representatives of three trade unions, UNISON, Unite and GMB will stage a protest outside Glasgow City Chambers on ... Read More

UNISON Week 293 – No Going Back to Normal and more

UNISON Week 293 - No going back to normal campaign, proposed Right to Food bill and more ... read full ... Read More

UNISON joins COSLA to launch mental health awareness video.

‘You’re on mute!’ Is a frequent cry during online meetings. #Don’tStayonMute campaign aims to reassure people who are suffering from anxiety ... Read More

UNISON Scotland statement on the Programme for Government 2020-21

UNISON Scotland welcomes the announcement today of a fundamental independent review of adult social care, led by Derek Feeley, which ... Read More

UNISON Week 290 – Programme for Government & more

UNISON Week 290 - Programme for Government & more ... Read full newsletter here ... Read More

UNISON Scotland calls for serious discussion about long-term sustainability of local government

UNISON calls for 'serious discussion' about long-term sustainability of local government, in response to Audit Scotland's briefing paper on Covid-19: ... Read More

Scottish Government Economic Recovery Plan – August 2020

The Scottish Government has announced its plan for post-COVID economic recovery. This briefing provides UNISON’s response to this. The recovery ... Read More

Regular deep cleaning vital for a safe re-opening of schools, says UNISON

UNISON the trade union for education staff's response to the First Minister's announcement that schools return from 11 August 2020   Lorraine Thomson, ... Read More

Comment on Deputy First Minister’s statement of extra money for education in Scotland. 

Lorraine Thomson, chair of UNISON Scotland's Education Issues Group said:  "We welcome any new funding for education. Re-opening schools is ... Read More

Covid Social Care Worker Death in Service Payment

Following pressure from UNISON, the Scottish Government has agreed to make a one-off payment of £60,000 to a named survivor ... Read More

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Latest local government briefings

e-briefing: Council Tax Freeze Explained – Jan 2016

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 e-briefing: Council Tax Freeze Explained -Jan 2016 The announcement by Moray Council that they are to consider increasing the Council Tax ...

Briefing 71 – Why we need local government to deliver good health – Jan 2016

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KEY POINTS: Protecting spending on health services isn’t just about protecting the NHS: local government also provides direct health services ...

e-briefing Relaxing borrowing rules for councils

Relaxing borrowing rules
The new draft Local Authority (Capital Finance and Accounting) (Scotland) Regulations 2016 cover changes to the statutory arrangements for local ...

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 ...

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Latest responses and submissions

Integration of Care in Social Care in Social Care in Scotland

Integration of Care in Social Care in Social Care in Scotland
UNISON Scotland members have been involved in various proposals for the integration of health and care services since the late1990s ...

Consultation on the Children and Young People Bill

Consultation on the Children and Young People Bill
UNISON Scotland has supported the principles of Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) since its inception and we believe ...

Looked after children response

Looked after children response
UNISON is Scotland’s largest trade union representing approximately 160,000 members working in the public sector.   UNISON Scotland represents over 30,000 ...

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