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

UNISON WEEK 261 – SOS: Stressed out Staff in Scotland’s colleges and more …

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Our weekly newsletter covering our new UNISON Scotland report - SOS: Stressed out Staff in Scotland's colleges & more … ...

UNISON Week 260 – An emergency but no accident, Equal Pay update, HE Consultation & more

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Our weekly newsletter covering our latest Damage Report 'An emergency but no accident', Equal Pay update,  HE Consultation & more ...

Cuts to Local Government Budgets

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The Improvement service have published the Local Government Framework Benchmarking Report for 2017/18 .   This annual benchmark report is a useful source ...

Policy Briefing 105 Draft Scottish Budget 2019/20

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Our latest policy briefing sets out the key points of the Draft Scottish Budget for 2019/20. Here is our brief ...

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Latest responses and submissions

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 ...

The Planning Bill

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 UNISON is concerned that the Planning Bill is about less regulation of businesses rather than improving lives. Planning was reformed ...

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