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UNISON's new Local Government Network connects our Scottish councils and communities

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Our Local Government Network is for councillors and others with an interest in Scottish local government. Regular e-news Council Connections brings all of the latest news and information on what's happening across local government in Scotland.

Read the latest issue here - No 10: January 2015Council Connections 9 - Nov 2014 - PDF

No 9: November 2014

Council Connections 9 - Nov 2014 - PDF

No 8: August 2014

Council Connections 8 - Aug 2014 - PDF

 

No 7: May 2014
Council Connections 7 May 2014 - PDF

  • Scottish Living Wage through procurement
  • Scotland - It's Time to Care
  • and more... click here for PDF



No 6: January 2014
Council Connections 6 Jan 2014 - PDF

  • Strengthening Local Democracy
  • Paying for Local Government
  • and more... click here for PDF

Council Connections No 5: November 2013Council Connections 5 November 2013 - PDF

  • Draft Budget - Councils bearing brunt of cuts
  • Charges and the Council Tax - Audit Scotland confirms increasing charges
  • Pensions & pay - Deal on pensions but not on pay
  • and more... click here for PDF

Previous issues: May 2013 | November 2012 | August 2012 | May 2012

Local Government Network resources

Public Works is our campaign for job, services, fair taxation and a Living Wage - click here for the Public Works home page

Our Public Service Futures bulletins are for people who care about public services. Read the latest issue here: Public Service Futures 04 Autumn 2012 (pdf)

A Day in the Life makes the point that we all rely on public services - many of which are provided by local government. Read the pdf version here.

Frequent Briefings from the UNISON Scotland Bargaining and Campaigns Team can be found here - many local government issues are covered - here are some recent pdfs:

Briefing 24: Bargaining - Integration of Health and Social Care (pdf) May 2012

Briefing 22: Bargaining - Change Fund - Reshaping care for older people April 2012

Policy Briefing 16 - PPP/PFI in Scotland - December 2011 (pdf)

Policy Briefing 15 - Public Bodies Climate Change Duties - October 2011 (pdf)

MSP Briefing on Social Care Procurement - September 2011 (pdf)

Bargaining Briefing 4 - McLelland Review on ICT in the Public Sector - June 2011 (pdf)

Bargaining Briefing 20 - HE & FE Governance Reviews - February 2012 (pdf
)

Policy Briefing 19 - Police and Fire Reform - February 2012 (pdf)

Consultations

You can find our responses to government and other consultations on local government issues here on our Responses page. Recent responses include:

Social Care Bill - evidence to Scottish Parliament Health Committee April 2012 (pdf)

Health and Social Care Integration - Comments to Scottish Paliament Health and Sport Committee February 2012 (pdf)

Police & Fire Reform - response to Local Government Committee February 2012 (pdf)

Council Tax on long term empty properties - January 2012 (pdf)

Inquiry into a Living Wage in Scotland - November 2011 (pdf
)

Response to Putting learners at the centre of post-16 education (pdf)

Budget evidence to Infrastructure and Capital 0ctober 2011 (pdf
)

UNISON evidence to Christie Commission on the Future of Public Services February 2011 (pdf
)

 

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