UNISON Scotland's response to the Scottish Government
Consultation on decoupling the Scottish Parliamentary and local
UNISON Scotland welcomes the opportunity to respond
to the Scottish Government Consultation on decoupling elections.
UNISON is Scotland's largest public sector trade union representing
over 160,000 members delivering public services. Our members have
a direct citizenship interest in this issue as well as in ensuring
strong democratically accountable public bodies.
Questions for consideration
Do you agree that the elections should be decoupled?
Yes. UNISON Scotland has a long standing position
in favour of decoupling parliamentary and local government elections
and we supported a previous Non-Executive Bill on this issue. We
would argue that by holding elections on the same day the role of
local government is devalued.
When should the next set of local government elections
We favour Option 3 in the consultation paper that
local government elections are held one year after the Scottish
Parliament elections, always assuming that the Parliament runs its
full term. We would have no objection to Option 4 although we recognise
the administrative challenges that may cause for our members involved
in the administration of elections.
What issues or problems do you envisage encountering
by moving the elections to any of the options outlined and what
solutions would you suggest?
By holding the elections one year on local government
is less likely to be overshadowed by parliamentary issues. One year
on has the added advantage that it is less likely to be affected
by a mid term protest vote or any perceived ‘honeymoon' period for
a new Scottish Government.
For Further Information Please Contact:
Matt Smith, Scottish Secretary
14, West Campbell Street,
Glasgow G2 6RX
Tel 0846 355 0845 Fax 0141 342 2835
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