Welfare support from UNISON

Rising bills and stagnating wages are driving down the standard of living at an alarming rate. On one hand we have energy companies playing games with politicians while vulnerable people literally freeze to death, and on the other, greedy bankers and payday loan sharks waiting to plunge us deeper into debt.

If you’re a UNISON member and find yourself in need of financial assistance, grants and funding are available from There for You. There for You don’t guarantee they can provide financial assistance but your branch welfare officer can support you to put in an application. In one of our members was awarded a grant from There for You to help pay for living costs when he found himself in financial difficulty after he was off sick due to an accident at work.

There is also a small grants programme which provides help with winter fuel and school uniform costs. For more information contact There for You on 020 7121 5620 or email thereforyou@unison.co.uk or contact your branch welfare officer.

UNISON Debtline: confidential debt advice

Members can call the free UNISON debtline for help and advice on 0800 389 3302 (open 8am-9pm Monday to Friday and 9am-3pm Saturdays)

Welfare Officer

Claire Locke
Tower Building, Room TM1-08
Telephone: 020 7133 4528
Email: c.locke@londonmet.ac.uk

Rulebook benefits

UNISON members are entitled to a whole range of benefits and services as part of their membership. These include some benefits guaranteed to all members by our union’s rulebook.
The rulebook benefits include:

– Death benefit
– Accident benefit
– Welfare benefits

Confidential welfare assistance is available in many forms, including:

– emergency grants;
– family holidays;
– help with other special needs;
– advice on a range of issues.

Credit Union

London Metropolitan University employees are benefiting from membership of the Credit Union payroll deduction savings scheme in partnership Unison

The Credit Union is a savings and loans co-operative that promotes saving rather than borrowing, but also provides low cost ‘Saver Loans’ at times of need. The ‘Saver Loans’ are unique, not just because the interest is so low, but because the credit union puts part of every loan payment towards the borrowers savings account. This means that over time, members build up substantial savings so that they do not need to borrow again.

Whether you need to start clearing your credit card or simply put a little money aside for a rainy day or your next holiday, the credit union is a great way to do it, with payments deducted direct from your salary.

As part of promoting trade union membership the Credit Union has agreed to waive the usual £5 life membership fee Unison members joining the Credit Union payroll savings or loans scheme.

Further information can be found at: www.credit-union.coop

or call the Credit Union direct on 020 7561 1786