Bargaining and Campaigns – e-breifing

The Promise – the report of the Independent Care Review

Change programme

The Independent Care Review promised a ‘root and branch’ review of the care system for looked after children, driven by those with experience of it. Its report, called The Promise published in February 2020 makes commitments to children and young people which it aims to deliver by 2030. The Care Review wants to transform the whole system so that the primary purpose is changed from protecting against harm to “protecting all safe, loving respectfulrelationships”. Read more..

New and helpful local government finance training resources available

Throughout the year we have made available a series of training courses, run by the Local Government Information Unit, to help local government activists understand how local government finance works and crucially to provide them with guidance on how best they can influence the budgetary process to help protect jobs and council services. Given the extremely challenging financial outlook for all local councils it has never been more important for trade unionists to have a firm understanding of how local government finance works.
The courses for activists in England have now finished for the year but if you are in Wales or Scotland then you can still register for the upcoming training courses here:

Session One

Session one of the training for activists in Scotland takes place online on 9th September

Session two

Session two in Scotland taking place on 30th September.

Session one of the training for activists in Cymru/Wales takes place online on 6th October with session two taking place on 29th October.

For those people who have not been able to attend any of these online training courses we are pleased to present a series of very helpful online videos which help promote understanding of how local government finance works which can be accessed here:
UNISON members who haven’t registered on the LGIU website before will be prompted to sign up here and then they will be able to access the videos via the webpage

LG Pay Update – Revised Offer

You will see that the only change is to add £50 to the flat rate proposed for those earning below £25k per annum.  The rest of the offer remains unchanged. 

COSLA tabled a revised offer at last week’s meeting of the SJC Steering Group – this is at the bottom of the page for your information.  You will see that the only change is to add £50 to the flat rate proposed for those earning below £25k per annum.  The rest of the offer remains unchanged. 

Local Government Committee decision 

Your Local Government Committee met last Thursday to consider the revised offer and considered that this was not a significant improvement to the offer that would necessitate a further member consultation. On this basis the Committee took the unanimous decision to proceed with industrial action plans. 

Letter to COSLA 

UNISON have written to COSLA outlining the LG Committee’s decision.

Wildfires are burning on the island of Evia – BBC

Hundreds of firefighters have been battling huge blazes that have forced thousands of people to flee their homes and destroyed dozens of properties.

Fuelled by strong winds and Greece’s worst heatwave in decades, over 580 fires have broken out across the country since late July.

The biggest is on Evia, where 650 firefighters are still struggling to control the blaze.

“The fire was our destiny, no one could have put it out,” Vangelis Katsaros, who lost his entire farm to the blaze, told the BBC. Read more at the BBC

Climate change: IPCC report is ‘code red for humanity – BBC

Human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented and sometimes irreversible ways, a major UN scientific report has said.

The landmark study warns of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding, and a key temperature limit being broken in just over a decade.

The report “is a code red for humanity”, says the UN chief.

But scientists say a catastrophe can be avoided if the world acts fast. Read more…