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Schools survey reveals shocking levels of poverty

The impact of poverty blights a child’s life even before they walk through the school gates

Spending review – UNISON reaction

The Chancellor has got it horribly wrong. The cuts and attack on public services are counterproductive

Keep police accountable to public

The public need confidence that the police service is transparent and accountable

Dave Prentis, UNISON general secretary, national delegate conference 2013

Speech from UNISON general secretary to national delegate conference in Liverpool today

Jobless forced to pay for library internet access just as more services move online

Heather Wakefield, UNISON’s head of local government: “Libraries are being turned into businesses and UNISON is calling for urgent action to protect them as a vital public service for communities now and in the future.”

15-minute care visits leave thousands facing neglect

Heather Wakefield, UNISON’s head of local government: “The government has acknowledged the damage that 15 minutes care visits can do, but it has failed to stop their use.”

Britain’s death by a thousand cuts revealed in union’s dossier of destruction

The appalling human cost of David Cameron’s savage cutbacks are revealed in a damning dossier from UNISON. Showing how the Tory-led coalition is causing misery to millions, the report also exposes the damaging legacy that will be left for communities throughout Britain.

Ofwat chairman Jonson Cox attacked over his old water company’s tax affairs

The scale of tax avoidance at many water companies will be a focus of UNISON’s water, environment and transport conference where its general secretary, Dave Prentis, will call for a national inquiry.

Local government a vital vehicle for change

Cuts to local government are not just leading to the loss of services and quality of those that remain, they are fundamentally restructuring UK society for the worse, said UNISON

Largest private healthcare company in the world – HCA – plans expansion into NHS

Christina McAnea, UNISON head of health: “HCA is not the only private company queuing up to get a lucrative slice of the NHS budget. Starved for cash hospitals will increasingly go down this route in an attempt to bridge the gap between the rising cost of healthcare and shrinking NHS budgets. However, transparency and accountability […]

Jobless Figures UNISON reaction

Employment outlook still gloomy

Our children need to learn about climate change

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis co-signs letter from educationalists, teacher and student representatives and environmental/development organisations who are worried by new draft guidelines removing climate change from the national geography curriculum.

Public sector unions angry at below-inflation pay rises

Dave Prentis: “Workers will now have their pay pegged to 1% until 2015-16. What does that say about giving people aspirations?”

UNISON says chancellor should ‘Stop digging and start growing’

UNISON warns chancellor over the state of the UK economy

UNISON says refurbishing schools is a win-win choice

New buildings boost the economy, and can inspire pupils and staff to achieve more, says union

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