Get help staying warm this winter –
With rising fuel costs and another cold winter many members are worried about how they’re going to pay this year’s winter fuel bills
Help is on hand
“There for You” has set up a limited fund to help UNISON members on low income by way of a one-off payment of up to £50
To apply and download the application form here.
Eligibility: To be considered for a grant, you must be able to show that you meet the following criteria:
You are in receipt of housing benefit
Your household net income is less than £18,000
Neither you/your partner have savings in excess of £800 (including rolling bank balance)
You have not received a grant from UNISON There for you in the last 6 months.
You must have paid a minimum of 4 weeks subscriptions before 1st December 2016
Your application must be received no later than 17 February 2017 Applications will then be processed and decisions communicated over the following weeks
The Childen’s Society recently reported that parents are paying hundreds of pounds for school uniforms with many poor families ending up in debt or forced to cut back on essentials to pay for items. The charity suggests that nearly 800,000 pupils go to school in poorly fitting uniforms while a further 400,000 have been sent home for wearing ‘incorrect’ clothing. One of the key reasons for high uniform spending are policies that force parents to buy items from specialist shops which often push costs up by nearly £100.”
There for You, UNISON’s own charity has just launched its 2015 School Uniform initiative and members on low income can apply for a grant to help with these costs. The process is quick and straightforward – members simply need to complete the application form which can be downloaded at www.unison.org.uk/thereforyou and post to UNISON There for You, 130 Euston Road, London NW1 2AY. The closing date to receive applications is 10 July 2015 and anyone eligible can expect to receive a cheque to help with the cost of kitting out their children before schools go back after the Summer break.
To learn more about the range of help and assistance available from ‘There for You’ visit www.unison.org.uk/thereforyou