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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UNISON WEEK 299 – Autumn Statement, Period Poverty & more

UNISON WEEK 299 - Autumn Statement, Period Poverty & more. Read our full newsletter here ... Read More

UNISON Week 298 – Schools are open … but clean?, NHS Pay & more

UNISON Week 298 - Schools are open ... but clean?, NHS Pay & more. Read our full newsletter here ... Read More

Join us for a discussion on local government finances – 12 December 2020

Live streamed discussion panel looking at the current state of local government finances and UNISON Scotland's #PlugTheGap Campaign About this ... Read More

UNISON Week 297 – Plug the gap & more

UNISON Week 297 - our new campaign to protect public services and those who deliver them.  Read full newsletter here ... Read More

Scottish schools need more cleaners, says UNISON report

A freedom of information request (FOI), by UNISON Scotland, across all Scottish councils has revealed confusion about the funding announced ... Read More

#PlugtheGap campaign video

Local government in Scotland has suffered more than a decade of cuts and is now under severe financial strain as ... Read More

Scottish local government must be funded properly for the first time in over a decade, says UNISON

UNISON Scotland has today (Friday) written to Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbes calling for an urgent meeting to discuss the ... Read More

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Bill consultation

UNISON Scotland thinks incorporation of the UNCRC into law is insufficient. For children to exercise their rights in practice requires ... Read More

‘Crisis in local government finances has not gone away’, says UNISON

Commenting on the Scottish Finance Secretary Kate Forbe's  "package of financial flexibilities and extra funding for councils which could be ... Read More

UNISON Week 295 – Inward investment, internal market & More

UNISON Week 295 - Inward investment, internal market & more. Read full newsletter here ... 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

UNISON’s Response – European Charter on Local Self Government

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All of us rely on the services delivered by local government. From childcare to elderly care, to supporting vulnerable people, ...

Early Learning and Childcare Service Model for 2020

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The provision of a free at the point of use public childcare service has been a demand of the trade ...

Pupils with Additional Support Needs

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UNISON members are clear that currently we are not getting it right for children with additional support needs (ASN). Children ...

Evidence to the Local Government Committee on the proposed Planning Bill

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The government states that: “The planning system supports the Scottish government’s purpose of creating a more successful country with opportunities ...

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