UNISON: There for You: School Uniform Grant 2017


If you have children in full time education, you may be eligible to receive a school uniform grant from UNISON’s charity There for You. To be considered, you must either be:
In receipt of Housing Benefit; or

Your net annual income is £18,000 or below [Note: We ignore the following income Child benefit, any childcare element included as part of your working tax credits, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment].

Also, you will need to have paid a minimum 4 weeks membership subscriptions before 22nd May 2017
To take advantage of this grant please complete the forms via https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/services-support/there-for-you/financial-assistance/ and return to us with all the supporting documentation requested. We’ve also included a Q&A setting out the full conditions and eligibility criteria which should answer any questions that you have.
Please note the closing date is 21st July.

Coventry UNISON to support 1st July demonstration in London


No More Austerity!



At our recent branch committee, we agreed to support the national demonstration in London called by the People’s Assembly. Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has called for people to take to the streets. Theresa May thought she could call an election and was guaranteed a thumping majority, however ordinary people in this country have shown that we are sick of austerity, pay freezes and cuts to our public services.

The march will begin at the BBC and finish at Parliament Square.

Coventry TUC are organising cheap transport to this demonstration. We urge as many members as possible to attend.


£6 waged, £2 unwaged/low waged. To book seats contact email coventrytuc@gmail.com or text 07970294237 with name, email address and phone number.

Download the flyer here – hotline220617

P&p Coventry City UNISON

Problems with Branch Office communications & data


UNISON Coventry City Branch Office has experienced loss of power intermittently over the past week which has severely limited our access to our communication systems and data. We apologise to any member that has experienced difficulty contacting the branch and your representatives. An interim contingency plan with our phone supplier means that members should be now be able to contact us on our usual numbers.

PRESS RELEASE – Childrens’ Services, Coventry City Council


UNISON Coventry City branch would like to acknowledge the appreciation shown by the City Councils leadership and management teams for the efforts staff members have made to achieve progress in Children’s Services. The significant improvement, reflected in Ofsted’s judgement, has been achieved against a background of government austerity measures through the hard work and dedication of our members.

As the lead trade union in the City Council we are all too aware that our members have shouldered increased levels of responsibility and workplace pressure to support the needs of children and families in our city.

 Dawn Palmer-Ward (UNISON Corporate Representative ) said

“The role of social work professionals has been undermined year upon year by public sector cuts which has led to massively increased workloads with an ever diminishing resource. UNISON will continue to challenge austerity measures that impact so negatively in the lives of the most vulnerable in our city and support our member undertaking their much valued role.”



Dawn Palmer-Ward


Phone – 02476 521123

07535 526062

Download our press release here:

Press release re Ofsted report 14.06.17