Suicide rate in St Helens is the highest in England

Figures released in September 2018 by the Office of National Statistics revealed the Borough has the highest suicide rate in England and Wales based on suicides per 100,000 population. The figures show that between 2015 and 2017 St Helens had a suicide rate of 17.9 per 100.000, more than 80% higher than the 9.6 per […]

Cervical screening saves lives

As new data showing that cervical screening has fallen to a 20 year low is published, a national campaign ‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’, has been launched. New research from Public Health England shows that nearly all women eligible for screening (90%), would be likely to take a test that could help prevent cancer and of […]

Remember to renew your tax credits

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding people that they must renew their tax credits before the deadline of July 31 Tax credits are government payouts that give extra money to people who need it, including those who need help to care for children, those who are disabled workers, and people on low incomes. Angela […]

Pride weekend Liverpool

This years Pride celebration kicks of again with a weekend of fun on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July The weekend will kick off with the Pride march which will take place in the City Centre on Saturday 27 July. The march will start at 12 noon. For details of the route click the link […]

Challenges to your public services

Large scale expansion of private financing for public service delivery using so-called mutual and ‘social enterprises’. Increasingly, successive Conservative Governments have promoted the use of private funding through Social Investment and Social Impact Bonds (SIB’s), collectively known as ‘social finance’. These investments and loans are performance related (profit with purpose), risking the integrity of our […]

Domestic abuse…what we know

Domestic Abuse is any type of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between people who are, or who have been in a relationship, regardless of age, gender or sexuality. It can include physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial abuse. Domestic abuse is both a widespread issue and a hidden crime as many people do […]

UNISON members working term-time only

For UNISON members working Term-time only.

Backto60 campaign update

Backto60 / The Royal Courts of Justice update The legal case which challenged the raising of the state pension age for women from 60 to 66, brought by the campaign group Backto60 was recently listed in front of Lord Justice Irwin and Mrs Justice Whippie. David Hencke, Westminster & Whitehall News Investigations reports, Internal Whitehall […]

Schools consultative ballot update

A Big Thank You to all who participated in the School Consultative Ballot. I am very pleased to say that the contribution you made resulted in the response from St Helens being one of the highest in England. Well Done! The Consultative Ballot results confirmed that UNISON members: overwhelmingly think that Government funding cuts ARE having a […]

Schools funding cuts consultative ballot

UNISON represents around 250,000 school support staff across the UK and those members do fantastic work to help children learn, keep them safe and healthy and keep schools running smoothly But, life is getting harder in our schools so we are running a consultative ballot of our members about their pay, terms and condition and […]