Category Archives: Benefits

There For You School Uniform Grant Applications 2018

There For You are offering a one off grant of £40 per school age child up to a max total of £120 for help with school uniforms.

To be eligible you must be:

  • A member who has paid 4 weeks subscriptions before 14 May 2018.
  • Either receive Housing Benefit  (or the housing element of Universal Credit)
  • Or have a total net annual household income of £18,000 or less. (Note by “net income” we mean all salary after tax, national insurance, superannuation etc and including your partner’s salary if applicable and any benefits. However, do not include in your calculation Child Benefit, the childcare element only of Working Tax Credit if paid, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment)
  • Financially responsible for the child/children
  • Not eligible for funding for uniform costs from you local authority.

Further information is available on the FAQs document listed below.

School Uniform Promotional Poster 2018

School Uniform Grants FAQs

School Uniform Grant Application Form 2018

 

 

 

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Lighthouse Financial Advice Newsletter February 2018

This newsletter features:

  • A Practical End of Year Tax Planning Check List
  • Finding A “nISA” Home For Your Savings
  • Imaging Living On Half Your Current Income
  • Helping Your Family Financially

It is well worth a read – Lighthouse Financial Advice Newsletter Feb 2018

Branch Newsletter February 2018

The latest branch newsletter is available.

Features include:

  • Health & Safety Spotlight – Stress At Work
  • What Have The Trade Unions Ever Done For Us – SOT Council no longer attacking terms and conditions for those who work unsocial hours
  • Did you ever wonder where Unison’s colours came from?
  • Ever wondered how your Local Government Pension is invested?
  • When did women get the right to vote and what was the Representation Of The People Act?
  • There For You – Unison’s Welfare Service For Members

Well worth a read – February 2018

Out Magazine 2018

The latest edition of Black Action is now available.

Features in the Spring 2018 issue include:

  • Nelson Mandela Award
  • Inspirational Quotes
  • Managing Stress In The Workplace
  • There For You
  • Croyde Bay Holiday Resort
  • Regional New Rounds Ups

A very informative magazine – well worth a read.

Black Action Spring 2018

West Midands Personal Injury Claims January – April 2018

During January 2018 members in the West Midlands Region received £119,472 in compensation payments for Personal Injury payments and for February the figure was £127,995.00.

For March 2018 members in the region received £77,305.18 and members of the branch £2,000. For April members in the region received £137,633.10.

A rather quiet period for members of our branch but it still always pays to be a Unison member!!

High Fives For Unions And Their Good Work

New evidence of the good unions do has been published by the TUC in a series of reports.

The reports by academics Alex Bryson and John Forth take account of the characteristics of the workplace, including size, industry and ownership, to isolate the impact of unions themselves on what happens at work.

The studies also take account of how strong the union is in the workplace and whether an individual worker is actually a member of a union or not.  They also analysed the impact of collective and workplace bargaining agreements separately.

The top five findings are:

  • unions are good for pay: Bryson and Forth found that unions secured a 6.5% increase in pay across like workplaces
  • unions improve training: union members are up to 5% more likely to have received off-the-job training in the past year
  • unions are better for family life: workers in unionised workplaces are less likely to say that there is a long hours culture at work and employers in workplaces with a strong union are less likely to say that it’s up to the individual employees to balance their family and work life;
  • unions keep the workforce stable: unions reduce the number of people who voluntarily leave their place of work, reducing turnover and
  • unions are good for innovation: Bryson and Forth found that workplaces with collective and workplace bargaining agreements had higher scores for innovation.

These studies, say the TUC provide fresh evidence for what union members and enlightened employers have always known – a strong union is good for workers and good for business.

www.tuc.org.uk/added-value-trade-unions

 

Photos Of Mental Health & Wellbeing Event 10 October

The recent Health & Wellbeing Event held at the Civic Centre on 10 October 2017 was a great success.

There was a lot of interest and the cakes were yummy!!