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 towards the UK’s commitment to net zero by 2050.

Funding is available to deliver a range of retrofit measures for
eligible owner occupied and privately rented properties. It is
envisaged that for owner occupied properties the improvements will be fully funded; private rented properties will need a contribution from the landlord of at least a third of the total cost capped at £5,000 per rented property. Private rented tenants should discuss this opportunity with your landlord before applying.

Properties in the St Helens Borough Council area with a low energy efficiency rating (D, E, F and G) may be able to benefit from the scheme. Some of the improvements potentially available include:

  • Solid wall, cavity wall or loft insultation
  • Low-carbon heating
  • Solar panels
  • Low-energy lighting
  • Heating control upgrades

Check with your local Council for more information where you live.

To be eligible for the funding you must:

Have a gross household income of less than £30,000 a year or be
below the minimum income standard and: the Energy Performance rating of your home should be Band D, E, F or G. If the property doesn’t have an Energy Performance Certificate an assessment will be carried out. Check if your property has an Energy Performance Certificate online at https://www.gov.uk/find-energy-certificate

Full details published for St Helens area can be found –
https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/housing/energy-efficiency/energy-efficiency-improvement-schemes/


 

 

Free Will

Service

 

 

Making a will is important but it is something we tend to put off for a number of reasons. Making a will need not be complicated as a will enables you to protect the interest of your family, friends and dependents. Many believe that their wishes can be carried out without a will – but this is not the case.

If a person dies without making a will the rules of intestacy will govern who benefits from your estate and this may not have been your intention. Unmarried partners have no right to your
inheritance and this can lead to conflict.

UNISON offers a FREE standard Wills Service for members and their partners (for a mirror Will). We also offer reduced rates for members’ complex Wills and Wills for other family members.  The simplest way to obtain your Will is to use the online wills service.

Access the Free Will Service

UNISON’s online Wills Service is very straightforward to use, just complete the online questionnaire. The questionnaire with its online guidance will carefully take you through the process.

In addition, UNISON has negotiated a low-cost Wills Service for members’ families and a low-cost conveyancing service for
members and their families.

If you don’t have access to a computer, phone 08000 857857.


St Helens Branch

8 Hardshaw Street
St Helens WA10 1RE
Tel: 0151 482 0177

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday 9am – 3pm

 

Savings
Regular savings will build up a tidy lump sum quicker than you think.

Loans
ECU provides a number of loan products with competitive interest rates.

Save & Earn
We are now providing payroll deduction through a number of local employers.

MABS
For advice about managing your budget or coping with debt.

 

For People, Not for profit


 

Dot Davies – St Helens Branch Retired Members Officer

 

Hello everyone, but a special ‘Hello’ to the retired members out there.

Whilst i am new to this role, i have been active with St Helens UNISON, in various guises, for many years. Now I have finally retired!

Over the next few months, I will be sending out, to our retired members, a quick survey to fill in. My intention is simple, to find out what we can do to help you. So, please look out for it dropping into your inbox shortly.

In the meantime, stay safe.
Kind regards Dot 

If you need to contact me call or email the branch office and i will get back to you asap.