School Uniform Grants 2019

Get help with the cost of school uniforms

Families living on low income with children struggle constantly to make ends meet – and this can be particularly acute before the new school year begins when the extra costs hit hard.

But it’s not all bad news – help IS available.  The union’s welfare charity There for You has once more set up a limited fund to help members on low incomes towards the costs of school uniform through a one-off payment of £40.

The process is very similar to previous years and an amount of money has been ring-fenced to support this initiative. However, once it’s gone it’s gone! 

So don’t miss out.  Apply early and send your form and supporting paperwork in as soon as possible.  All the information you need can be found below.   Alternatively, contact UNISON Direct on 0800 0857 857 for a form to be sent to you. 

Just one more thing please don’t keep details of this grant a secret.  Help us to help even more members and let your work colleagues know that help is at hand.  There will be many, like you, worrying about how they will be able to afford uniform’s to send their children back to school in the Autumn. 

Completed applications need to be sent to There for You, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY by Friday 19 July 2019 at the latest.

Application Form

FAQs

Pension Credit changes for mixed age couples – action required by 15 May 2019

Please take note: There are significant changes coming in for mixed age couples where one is over state pension age and the other is under.

At present the couple qualifies for the more generous rate of pension credits at the point where the older partner reaches state pension age.

From 15 May 2019 this will change so that the couple only qualify for the more generous rate of credits when the younger partner reaches state pension age. The potential benefit loss could be up to £7,000 per annum, it is therefore essential that people are encouraged to claim as soon as possible.

Please check on the links below this may help you.

This link is to the benefits calculator free usage https://www.entitledto.co.uk/benefits-calculator/

This link gives you additional information  https://www.entitledto.co.uk/mixed-age-couples

With Thanks

Roz Ronan

There For You - Dundee City Unison's Roz Ronan takes to the hills

You will have noticed a few fundraising events recently, organised by our branch welfare officer Roz Ronan, in aid of Unison's unique members' welfare charity "There For You".
This has been in preparation for a major fundraising event that will see Roz join other Unison activists doing a sponsored walk across the Pyrenees Mountains in the coming weeks.
She is close to her basic target of £1000 but we should all help get her past that.
"There For You" is there to help all our members. In times of need, from emergency financial support, through school clothing and winter fuel grants to respite care and holidays at times of ill health or disability - it is there for you.
It depends on us all pulling together to ensure that any of us will be helped when we need it.
Please give generously at Roz's JustGiving Page.