Monthly Archives: March 2017

UNISON help Blackburn Foodbank

Published on March 31, 2017 at 2:33 pm

In February, UNISON organised a showing of the award-winning film I, Daniel Blake at Blackburn College. We would like to thank the Blackburn and District Trades Union Council for being great hosts and allowing us to collect donations for the Blackburn Foodbank on Oakenhurst Road.

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Peter Grunshaw elected as Community Officer

Published on March 31, 2017 at 8:58 am

The role of the community officer is a new post and Peter hopes to build on the membership and retain the membership we already have. With the support from the branch we are going to contact our current members to find out what they require from the branch in need of support and guidance.

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‘Social Work Watch’ the results

Published on March 31, 2017 at 8:54 am

‘Social Work Watch’ the results

Last September UNISON, in partnership with Community Care, ran ‘Social Work Watch’ to shine a light on a typical working day in social work.

On 21st September last year 2,032 social work staff filled in a survey about their working day.

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TUC Training Courses starting April 2017

Published on March 17, 2017 at 1:23 pm

Please see attached training programme for Stewards and Health & Safety Reps provided by the Trade Union Education Centre in Blackburn.

If you need more information about any of the courses please contact the unit on 01254 677756 or 01254 292268.

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Community Conference 2017 Report by Peter Grunshaw

Published on March 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm

Peter Grunshaw attended the Community Conference 2017 in Bournemouth, please find attached his report.

Peter is now the new Community Officer for Blackburn with Darwen Branch, he will be working with members who work in the Community & Voluntary Sector.

 

 

 

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All English schools face real cuts to funding

Published on March 17, 2017 at 12:13 pm

All schools in England face real cuts in the funds they will receive per pupil after the introduction of a new national funding formula, according to a report.

The implications of the National Funding Formula for schools report, which is published by the Education Policy institute today, says that the cuts will be between 6% and 11% per pupil for half of all primary and secondary schools by 2019-20.

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Controversial Government social work proposal defeated

Published on March 14, 2017 at 12:19 pm

Dear Colleagues,

The Government’s flagship proposal in the Children and Social Work Bill, that would have allowed English councils to opt-out of some statutory duties designed to protect children, has been dropped following widespread opposition.

As originally drafted, the so-called ‘exemption clauses’ would have allowed councils in England to exempt themselves from a range of legal duties in relation to children’s social care. 

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Survivors’ Stories – 1st April, Manchester

Published on March 9, 2017 at 2:07 pm

Dear friends,

On Saturday 1st April at the People’s History Museum two survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will be speaking about their experiences.

This is a rare opportunity to hear first hand testimony from the Hibakusha (survivors) and tickets are selling out fast.

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