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Debtline support - dealing with debt (02/05/16)

Debt can cause a great deal of stress in your life. A small change in circumstances can turn a manageable situation into a debt problem that threatens your home or your family’s wellbeing.

UNISON’s Debtline service is available to all our members to help you manage money and deal with debt. We offer free confidential advice to help you clear your debts.

Debtline can help you deal with:

• credit card debt;
• mortgage arrears;
• home repossession;
• county court judgment claims.

Taking action

Our Debtline service is provided by debt management experts, Payplan. Using this service you get:

• immediate advice;
• a debt management plan to suit your circumstances;
• a case officer to advise you throughout your repayment programme and negotiate with your creditors;
• a reduction of multiple debt repayments into a single, affordable monthly repayment;
• a choice of payment methods
• free and confidential service with no hidden charges.

You can also choose to use the free online Payplan tools to help you come up with your own plan.

Read more about Payplan tools.

Payplan’s advisers are aware of the financial support that There for You can offer and will refer you to us if they think we can help you.

Read more about There for you financial help.

Contact Debtline

Call the UNISON Welfare Debtline
freephone 0800 389 3302

Help with debt is just one of the benefits of joining UNISON.

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5 reasons why the PCC elections really matter (02/05/16)

There are plenty of opportunities for people to vote next Thursday.

Whether it’s for the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly, the mayoral elections in London, Bristol, Liverpool or Salford, or one of the many local council elections, many voters have multiple opportunities to go to the polls. And as we look ahead to June, there’s the EU referendum looming on the horizon too.

However there’s been far too little coverage so far of one of the most important set of elections also taking place next week – the police and crime commissioner (PCC) elections in England and Wales. After initially opposing PCCs back in 2012, the Labour Party has now given PCCs its support. And for those seeking greater accountability from police forces (especially in light of the Hillsborough inquest), for people worried about the safety of their neighbourhood and rising crime, as well as the 200,000 strong police officer and police staff workforce, these elections matter a great deal. So here are five reasons why the PCC elections matter:

Cuts – police forces in England and Wales have been cut to the bone for six years by a government that claims cuts make no difference to crime fighting. Yet crime figures released last week (see below) show that this is nonsense. Since 2010, police community support officers (PCSOs) have been slashed by 30 per cent, police staff (999 call takers, scenes of crime officers etc) have been cut by 20 per cent, and police officers by 13 per cent. In the Metropolitan Police, where the London Mayor is responsible for budgets, PCSOs have been cut by a staggering 64 per cent – twice the national average.

Crime rates – for the second time running, official figures show there has been an alarming increase in recorded crime across England and Wales. In particular, violent crime (including sexual assaults and knife crime) have risen sharply. There’s a direct correlation between cuts and crime rises that put all of us at greater risk. Police cuts matter – so we need strong defenders of police spending in place.

New role for PCCs – most people won’t know, but PCCs could be about to gain significant new powers, taking over responsibility for fire and rescue services if the Government gets its way. UNISON believes that this is a mistake, lacking justification or local support and with major employment and legal implications. But despite this, the vast range of services they may soon be responsible for means these elections matter.

The future of neighbourhood policing – experience and evidence show us that community and neighbourhood policing helps keep crime down and makes people feel safer. And yet in recent years this is fast disappearing. One PCSO who is a UNISON member, responding to a recent survey, told us: “There is no time for community policing anymore,” and with government cuts to the sector that’s a concern shared by many. But on May 5 many of us will have the chance to vote for more neighbourhood policing.

The importance of campaigning – of course there’s another reason why the PCC elections matter – and that’s the impact it will have on Labour’s electoral prospects. Many of the areas with PCC elections next week have few Labour representatives, so the opportunity to get out on the doorstep and work to get a Labour representative elected is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. Especially if it helps get out the Labour vote, raise contact rates, and help get more Labour MPs – and a Labour government – into Parliament at the next election.


Health unions to consult ambulance staff over strike action on pay (25/04/16)

Ambulance workers in England are to be asked if they would be prepared to take action over pay. Their three unions – GMB, Unite and UNISON – today (Monday 25th April) announced they will be consulting ambulance staff over pay and grading – issues they say should have been dealt with a year ago.

Ambulance staff are frustrated at a lack of progress over promises made by the government and employers at the end of last year’s national NHS pay dispute.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “We thought the government and employers were acting in good faith when they promised to look at ambulance pay as a way of ending last year’s strike. But more than a year later, there’s been little progress – mainly because the ambulance trusts have no money to pay staff more, even if they wanted to.

“Resolving the main issue of pay and grading wouldn’t just help reward staff properly but it will also go some way towards solving the huge recruitment and retention crisis facing ambulance trusts.”

Unite national officer for health Barrie Brown said: “Jeremy Hunt’s offer came with no additional funding for the ambulance trusts. This has badly affected the progress of the unions’ negotiations with employers.

“What is happening is inevitable because everyone’s expectations were raised in January 2015 by an offer which has not been supported with the necessary funding by the government.”

GMB national officer for the NHS Rehana Azam said: “GMB and other unions have been left with no alternative but to consult ambulance staff in England with the potential for an industrial action ballot in the near future.

“Professional ambulance staff cannot be expected to keep picking up the slack for government incompetence on promises to invest, promises they have failed to deliver on.”

Each of the unions will now be consulting ambulance staff on how to resolve issues on pay.


UNISON welcomes government change of heart over check-off (19/04/16)

Commenting on the announcement in the Lords today (Tuesday) that the government is no longer to stop unions from collecting members’ subs via their pay packets, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“There’s much that’s wrong with the Trade Union Bill, but banning unions from using the check-off system to collect membership fees from employees in the public sector was among the most mean-spirited of all its proposals.

“But thanks to a good deal of union campaigning behind the scenes, UNISON and the TUC have built an effective coalition in the Lords that persuaded the government a ban would be both unjustified and unnecessary.

“Now at least UNISON can concentrate on campaigning to protect public sector employees at work and the services they deliver, safe in the knowledge that it will not have to spend the next year running around workplaces with direct debit forms for fear of losing much of its income.

“Employers and unions across the public sector will have breathed a collective sigh of relief at today’s news that there has been a sensible change of heart in Westminster. And there’s no cost to the public purse as a result of this decision.”


Yorkshire ambulance paramedics win pay rise (29/02/16)

Agreement reached on regrading to reflect paramedics’ skills as UNISON prepared for industrial action ballot

UNISON has won pay rises for paramedics in Yorkshire, worth from £544 a year up to a possible £2,909 – depending on their current grades.

This month’s agreement with the Yorkshire Ambulance Service to regrade paramedics from band 5 to band 6 of the NHS pay system followed moves by UNISON to ballot for industrial action in the long-running dispute.

The union represents 80% of the trust’s paramedics and has argued since 2004 that they should have been graded at band six.

The recent agreement saw the industrial action ballot withdrawn.

“This is a success for both the UNISON negotiation team and the Yorkshire Ambulance Trust, who have been working flat out to find a solution to this long-standing problem,” said union regional organiser Ray Gray.

“Paramedics were wrongly graded way back in 2004 and, while it’s sad that it has taken this long to put it right, we are pleased that the paramedics are now going to receive a pay rate that truly reflects the work they do and the skill base that they have.

“We also hope that this is the first step of change to both retaining existing paramedics and bringing new ones in to the service.

“For some time, paramedics nationally have been leaving the service in droves because of the pay grade, stress, and conditions that they work under.

“This is the first step towards changing that position.”


Doncaster Raceday - Saturday 30 July 2016 (08/02/16)

Date for your diary: Saturday 30 July 2016

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Regional Education Programme 2016 published (18/11/15)

Once again we have endeavoured to offer courses to suit everyone, as Lifelong Learning is still high on our agenda. We have courses tailored to the needs of activists and members alike and there are a number of new courses designed to further develop the skills of our activists.

You can find the Education Programme 2016 here...

Education programme 2016In addition to our Regional Education Team, our Regional, Area and Local Organisers are working with branches, among the other organising duties they undertake, to develop Lifelong learning.

The programme is designed to help you and your branch. UNISON needs more, better equipped and motivated activists. The courses provided are aimed at building confidence and developing abilities.

Courses are available for potential, new and more experienced activists seeking to improve their knowledge and skills. We are sure that both you and UNISON will benefit from the experience. It is never too late to learn.

Branch development is vital in recruiting, organising and retaining members. We are constantly striving to increase membership and provide a better service. Increasing membership and developing new activists from all sectors of the union will make us stronger and more representative of our members.

It is now 6 years since the Regional Council decided to increase the charges to branches of training courses and I am pleased to be able to report that the charges will remain unchanged for 2016.

Unfortunately there have been significant cuts to general further education funding and TUC funding has also been drastically cut. As a result of effective lobbying by the TUC, the previous Coalition government’s intention to remove fee remission was postponed to August 2016 thus enabling the region to keep charges to branches unchanged. Beyond this date future funding arrangements and charges to branches may change.

No one should be out of pocket attending UNISON courses. Branches and the Region contribute towards the cost of courses. Additional travel costs and additional carer costs can be claimed from your branch (details of help can be found in the programme).

This year for clarity we are also issuing a separate Members Only Training Programme detailing the courses, workshops and tasters available to non-activists. You can obtain a copy of this from your Branch Education Co-ordinator or Branch Secretary. It is also available on the UNISON regional website www.unison-yorks.org.uk.

UNISON courses are friendly, relaxed and provide an opportunity to meet new friends, they allow you to network with colleagues from other branches and to gain from their knowledge and experience. Working together with other Trade Unionists to achieve a common goal is an opportunity not to be missed and an experience to be grabbed with both hands! Please enjoy our courses and don’t be afraid to let us know what you think of them, all comments will be carefully considered and used to assist us improve our training programme.

Wendy Nichols
Regional Convenor

You can find the Education Programme 2016 here...


UNISON proud to sponsor BARLA

UNISON Yorkshire & Humberside Region have sponsored The British Amateur Rugby League Association for many years and this relationship continues to flourish.

You can find the latest photos here...


Doncaster Raceday 2016

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