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Wednesday 23 May 2012: Our new Local Government Network is for councillors and others with an interest in Scottish local government. Regular e-news Council Connection brings all of the latest news and information on what's happening across local government in Scotland. Read the latest issue here August 2012. | Previous issue 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 02 Spring 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)


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