Application forms also available from Coventry City Branch office
Please contact the Branch Welfare Officer if you know of any members, serving or retired, who are likely to suffer hardship or emotional stress over the Christmas period.
Mark any mail as ‘confidential’ and contact us by Tuesday November 28th.
We are currently considering which cases we can put forward to the regional Christmas welfare fund.
Education Convenor, Pensions Champ, Branch Welfare Officer
Coventry City Branch
tel. 02476 550829
Direct line: 02476 521126
Mobile: 07535 526034
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.
Lots of support is available to help #UNISON members who are struggling with finances and other issues.
Please find the latest edition of the ‘There for You’ Newsletter via the link below and see if we can assist you.
UNISON – Helping you as your friend at work.
For info, please find links available for you to get support and advice from your trade union. Do contact UNISON Coventry City branch if you have any queries.
There is currently:
a Right to Remain campaign and legal advice document produced jointly with JCWI https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2016/09/24055.pdf
a Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/UNISONEUMembers/
a page on UNISON’s website on tackling prejudice and xenophobia (including leaflets which can be ordered)https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/knowledge/discrimination/tackling-prejudice-and-xenophobia/
UNISON are also organising regional and other local meetings on issue. To find out more information on this please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope this is a useful start and we will organise an update for you in the new year, as work progresses.
Coventry City UNISON
What are UNISON School Uniform Grants?
In addition to our normal range of services and in response to the growing difficulties many members on low income face, a programme has been put in place that will assist our most vulnerable members with the cost of purchasingschool uniforms.
How much are the Grants?
They are one-off grants of £40.00 per school age child, up to a total of £120.00
Am I eligible?
To be eligible you must be:
A member who has paid 4 weeks subscriptions before the launch date of this programme (23/5/16)
Have a total net annual household income of £18,000 or less. [Note:By household income we mean net earnings after tax, national insurance, pension deductions of you, your partner and any other adults living in the property]. The following is not included as income for the purpose of this specific grants programme:- Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments, Child Benefit and the childcare cost element only of Working Tax Credit. Responsible for meeting household bills and struggling to pay them. Financially responsible for the child/children. Not eligible for funding for uniform costs from your Local Authority.
Is there anything else that may affect my entitlement to apply?
Members and their partners must not have combined savings or, a rolling bank balance of more than £800.00. Savings of any other adults in the household do not apply. You must not have received financial assistance from UNISON There for You during the previous six months. Applications are limited to one per household Ensure you send all requested paperwork with the form or the application cannot be accepted
How do I apply?
To apply for a School Uniform Grant simply: Print out and complete the short 2-page application form that is attached to this post Download from our website www.unison.org/thereforyou
Contact Unison Direct on 0800 0857 857 for a form to be posted to you. Provide us with evidence of your entire household income by sending copies of You and your partner (if applicable) last month’s payslip(s), Last full month’s bank statements for all bank accounts held by you and your partner (if applicable)
Submit the form along with the completed short survey by 15 July 2016. Post your application including all supporting paperwork to: UNISON Welfare, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY.
Where can I go for further help or advice?
There is a limited amount of funding in the school uniform grants programme and once it has been exhausted no further awards for the year can be made. However if you are facing unforeseen hardship it may be possible for you to apply to our general grants programme.
We will let you know if this applies to you. For further information, please see our web pages at www.unison.org/thereforyou,