UNISON energy support fund

The grant is a one-off non repayable grant of £200 for UNISON members struggling with their energy bills UNISON Welfare’s Energy Support Fund is open to help members with rising fuel costs. Please be advised that phase 1 will be closed once the first  2000 applications have been received. The Energy Support Fund will be a one-off […]

Community newsletter – January 2022

IMPORTANT – DO YOU QUALIFY FOR A FREE ENERGY GRANT! The Local Authority Delivery (LAD) scheme aims to raise the energy efficiency of low income and low energy performance homes (those with energy performance certificate (EPC) ratings of D,E,F, or G), helping reduce fuel poverty, phasing out high carbon fossil fuel heating, and delivering progress […]

Happy birthday to the NHS…but what about pay?

UNISON has launched an open letter for thousands of NHS workers and their supporters to sign in support of a proper pay rise. As the NHS turns 73, it faces some of the biggest challenges of its lifetime. The courageous health workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic have been hailed as national […]

Decision to keep face coverings is the right move, says UNISON

Important measure to stop infection spread. Commenting on the government’s decision today (Tuesday 6th April) to extend the use of face coverings in secondary schools, UNISON head of education Jon Richards said: “It’s the right decision to continue. Ministers have sensibly listened to school staff – the people who know what it’s really like to […]

UNISON to step up campaigns on pay and social care reform

NEC agrees to ‘turn the temperature up on pay’, focus on public services in the lead up to the 6 May elections and maintain an international outlook. UNISON’s number one priority remains the support of members who have been delivering public services for over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, general secretary Christina McAnea told […]

Finding ways to cope with the lockdown?

Whether that involves pans, a glass and a ping pong ball (todays news); shared virtual dancing; Tik Tok videoing, or if you have set up your own social network to keep in touch with family, friends, colleagues or neighbours, we would like you to share your activities with us. Next month we are holding virtual […]

COVID-19 self-isolation pay for care workforce

If you work in the care workforce, please read the letter below issued by the Department of Health & Social Care. Click on the images to read.   If you have not been receiving your normal pay whilst isolating, please contact the branch without delay. Our staff are currently working from home, so the best […]

Mass testing in schools (update)

UNISON’s National Schools Committee and representatives of UNISON’s Further Education committee met with Department for Education (DfE) and NHS Test and Trace officials yesterday. Concerns were raised regarding the Government’s plans for mass testing of school staff and pupils in secondary schools and colleges in England in January 2021. Amongst a host of issues the […]

Priority testing – sign the petition

It takes a whole team to keep schools and nurseries running. But when government minister Matt Hancock announced a new list of workers eligible for priority COVID-19 testing in England, in education he only mentioned ‘teaching staff’. We have asked the government several times who this covers and when it comes into practice as it […]

Tories threaten the triple lock

The Triple Lock is a mechanism used by the Government to determine the annual rise in the State Retirement Pension, (commonly known as the ‘Old Age Pension’). Under the triple lock the rate of inflation, the annual rise in earnings across the economy and 2.5% are compared, and the greater of these three figures determines […]