School Uniform Grants 2018

Published on May 10, 2018 at 10:09 am

UNISON There for You will be looking to assist UNISON members with school uniform grants again in 2018.  Do you know a member who is struggling to make ends meet or worried about back to school costs?  Help is on hand “There for You” has set up a fund to help UNISON members on low income with school uniform costs by way of a one-off payment of £40 per child up to a £120.

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Immigration Advice for Members

Published on April 24, 2018 at 12:11 pm

Just to make you aware of an Immigration Advice service that UNISON offers to members in conjunction with the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. JCWI can provide advice over the phone for members around immigration and for immigration issues of the member’s family.

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UNISON accepts local government pay offer

Published on April 10, 2018 at 10:12 am

UNISON has accepted the Local Government Association’s two-year pay offer, covering the period April 2018 – March 2020.

The key features of the pay offer are:
  • A 16% pay increase for those currently on the lowest scale point (scp) 6, over two years.

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Report from the Community Conference 2018

Published on March 28, 2018 at 12:25 pm

Just a little report back on my experience from my first ever Conference.

This was held in Southport and was all about one of the most important things that I hold very close to my heart and that is community and for the people that work for private and charitable organisations.

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Fancy a trip to Harrogate Flower Show?

Published on March 28, 2018 at 10:53 am

The Retired Members Group have organised a trip to Harrogate Flower Show on 26th April 2018.

Coach will be picking up at Blackburn Town Hall at 9am.

Tickets are £18.50 in advance plus coach costs approx. £10.

If you would like to attend please contact Val Lovell on 01254 698716


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TUC Courses at Blackburn College

Published on March 27, 2018 at 10:38 am

Please see attached course list for April – July 2018.

If you would like to attend one of the courses please get in touch with the Branch office or contact the TUC Centre on 01254 677756 or 01254 292268.

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NJC Pay Offer Update – Views needed by 5th April

Published on March 27, 2018 at 10:28 am

NJC Pay Offer 2018/20 – NJC Committee seeks branch views by 5 April
UNISON members have very narrowly rejected the LGA’s pay offer, with 50.44% voting to reject.

68.18% of branches and 8 out of 11 Regions have voted to accept the offer

The UNISON NJC Committee has therefore agreed to reluctantly amend its recommendation to acceptance of the pay offer

Branches are being asked to seek member feedback on the NJC Committee’s question: ‘Do you agree with the NJC Committee’s revised decision to accept the 2018-20 NJC pay offer: Yes /No.’

The deadline for this feedback is 12 noon on Thursday 5 April 2018

Contact:  Gill Archer on 020 7121 5340, e-mail; James Bull on 020 7121 5449, e-mail

LG 15 2018 Circular

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Branch thumbs up for new epilepsy guidance!

Published on March 27, 2018 at 10:24 am

The Branch has welcomed new epilepsy guidance for staff.

The new advice has been developed by HR with the help of staff who have the common neurological condition.

The launch coincided with Purple Day, an international day for epilepsy awareness.

Epilepsy affects around 600,000 people in the UK.

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