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Debate and Pay Offer
Pay Update (12/12/17) We have recieved further details of the offer. Under the o...
Tue, 20 June 2017
Council Budget Proposals Annou...
Birmingham City Council have again announced proposed savings as part of their b...
Tue, 12 December 2017
Unison can help with your fuel...
It's the time of year when fuel bills can be very high and people struggle to pa...
Tue, 05 December 2017
We are award winners!
There was recognition for the hard work done at the branch at the Unison Regiona...
Tue, 21 November 2017
New Winter Courses announced
UNISON Birmingham Branch Learning at Work NEW Winter Courses...
Tue, 12 April 2016
Living wage rise
The living wage has risen to £8.75 an hour across the UK (and &p...
Tue, 14 November 2017
World Mental Health Day event
Birmingham Branch were active in World Mental Health Day. This w...
Tue, 03 October 2017
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Tue, 10 October 2017
Controversial plans by the Government to allow councils in England to exempt themselves from a raft of statutory duties to children have been dropped.
UNISON was at the forefront of opposing these dangerous measures.
The plans would have helped to create a post code lottery for children’s social care services and would have aided the Government’s privatisation agenda.
The Government’s flagship proposal in the Children and Social Work Bill, that would have allowed English councils to opt-out of some statutory duties designed to protect children, has been dropped following widespread opposition.
As originally drafted, the so-called ‘exemption clauses’ would have allowed councils in England to exempt themselves from a range of legal duties in relation to children’s social care. The government argued that the move would have allowed “a local authority in England to test different ways of working, with a view to achieving better outcomes”.
UNISON argued that these measures would simply create a postcode lottery for the provision of children’s social services and would help to soften up the service for large scale levels of privatisation in the future.
A UNISON survey of 2,858 social workers revealed that over two thirds of respondents believed the government’s proposal to allow local authorities to exempt themselves from children’s social care legislation would lead to more children being placed at risk. Less than 10% of social workers supported the proposals. These views from frontline practitioners were vital in demonstrating just how reckless the Government’s proposals were.
UNISON was also a member of the Together for Children coalition, which pulled together social work organisations, children’s charities and human rights groups to demonstrate the depth and breadth of opposition to the government’s plans.
After months of campaigning, including UNISON social worker members lobbying their MPs, the Government finally relented and abandoned the proposals.
This positive result demonstrates the value of UNISON members speaking out on behalf of good social work practice and good quality public services.
Bin strike over -victory for Union!
Bin dispute - an end in sight?
Verdict is that BCC messed up
Support the campaign to save the 14 Council Nurser...
The Council is planning to close all 14 of its Day Nurseries. This is the recommendation of the Review of Council Run Day Nurseries for the Cabinet me...