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There For You - Winter Fuel Grants

There For You Winter Fuel Grants - closing date 15 February 2019 (04/12/18)

There For You - Winter Fuel Grants

UNISON’s welfare charity There for You is once again making grants available to help low paid members meet winter fuel bills – applications need to be made by 15 February

Members living on a low income constantly struggle to make ends meet – and this can be particularly acute in the winter when the cost of heating homes rises as the outside temperature falls.

But it’s not all bad news – help is available.

The union’s welfare charity There for You has once more set up a limited fund to help members on low incomes towards the cost of their winter fuel bill through a one-off payment of £60.

The process is very similar to previous years and an amount of money has been ring-fenced to support this initiative. However, once it’s gone it’s gone!

So don’t miss out. Apply early and send your form and supporting paperwork in as soon as possible. All the information you need can be found below. Alternatively, contact UNISON Direct on 0800 0 857 857 for a form to be sent to you.

Just one more thing: please don’t keep details of this grant a secret. Help us to help even more members and let your work colleagues know that help is at hand – there will be many, worrying about how they will cope this winter.

Completed applications need to be sent to...

There for You,
130 Euston Road,
London, NW1 2AY

by Friday 15 February 2019 at the latest.

Find out all the details and download the form here...


Campaign for a real Living Wage in Leeds

Living Wage

1. We want Leeds City Council to become a Living Wage Employer

UNISON is campaigning to ensure Leeds City Council workers and all those who are employed to provide the services that the Council commission get paid a Real Living Wage. Currently the Living Wage outside London is £8.75 an hour. We want Leeds City Council to become an accredited Living Wage employer. This will mean that there is a continuing commitment to all its staff to pay at least the Living Wage and that all contracts for commissioned services pay at least the Living Wage.

5 November 2018 is the start of Living Wage week when the new hourly rate for the Living wage will be announced. Please go to www.livingwage.org.uk for more information.
Other councils have already become accredited employers. Birmingham, Cardiff, Calderdale, Edinburgh, Salford and York are some of the councils. We want to help make Leeds a great place to live and work. Let us make November the month that Leeds City Council agrees to being an accredited Living Wage employer.

What can you do to help? see below...


2. Contact your local Councillor - in 2 easy steps!

If you live in Leeds - Email, write or speak with your local councillor.  

  1. Go to https://www.writetothem.com put in your post code and the chose write to all your councillors.
  2. We have put together some ideas for a letter which is here.word doc Use this but please add some words of your own as well or leave some bits out. Complete the letter and details and press to send the email to your councillors.


News headlines

National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism & Racism 17th November


National Unity Demonstration Against Fascism & Racism 17th November

We are experiencing the biggest rise in the support for fascism, the far right, racism, Islamophobia and antisemitism since the 1930's. This includes Britain, where fascists and racists are mobilising on a scale not seen for decades. Examples of this appalling situation include:

  • The disturbing rise of racist and fascist activity across Europe and the confidence given to the far right globally by the Trump presidency;
  • The coalescing of racist and fascist groupings, from the Democratic Football Lads Alliance through to UKIP and fascists, around the ‘Free Tommy Robinson' campaign;
  • The racist march through Leeds on 1 June involving 300-400 Tommy Robinson supporters chanting “Muslims off our streets”; and
  • The violent 15,000 strong far right ‘free speech’ rally on 9 June in central London, the assault on trade unionists following the Stand Up To Racism/Unite Against Fascism counter demonstration against Robinson’s supporters on 14 July and the fascist attack on the TUC’s official bookshop Bookmarks.

UNISON is affiliated to the organisation Stand Up To Racism which has initiated a national demonstration between 12:00pm and 5:00pm on 17th November as part of an united response to this threat. The protest is supported by Dianne Abbott MP, John McDonnell MP, and the Trade Union Movement.

Coaches leave The Viaduct Show Bar, Lower Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6ER at 7.00am and leave London at 5.00pm. Tickets can be obtained here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/national-unity-demonstration-stand-up-to-racism-tickets-50827703028

Leeds UNISON Branch has agreed to fund a limited number of places on these coaches for members of Leeds UNISON Branch on a first come first served basis. Members are asked to ring the Branch (0113 2458442) before booking their place so Branch staff can confirm whether a funded place is available. A copy of a ticket must be presented to Branch following the event in order for the member to be reimbursed.

Follow Stand Up to Racism at:

Twitter @SUTRLeeds


Fighting austerity in Leeds: Sat 24th November 2018 (08/11/18)


November Newsletter and AGM Notice (29/10/18)

Download copies of the November branch mail-out from below:

Membership Update Form - keep your information up to date (15/10/18)

We are legally required to keep your information up to date.

Please download this update form, fill it out and return to the branch.


Legal help Guide 2018 (12/10/18)

A member’s guide to UNISON legal services 2018

This guide is designed to tell you about the Legal Services you and your family may be entitled to (because you are aUNISON member) and how to access them.

Download the Legal Help Guide 2018 here... pdf

UNISON Member Benefit: Vauxhall Astra (19/09/18)


Latest Branch wide newsletter published (12/09/18)

You can download the newsletter here.. pdf


Sponsor Mick to Raise Money for Breast Cancer Care (30/04/18)

Mick Binks, Joint Branch Health and Safety Officer and UNISON Convenor is raising money for Breast Cancer Care. You can donate to this worthy cause on the following link:


Mick Binks and friends gearing up for 105-mile walk for Breast Cancer Care

Batley Bulldogs Independent Away Travel group members Mick Binks, Nick Sowerby, Mick Gothard, Steve Curnin, Ha Nif and Ben Thirkill (in conjunction with Batley Bulldogs Rugby League Football Club) are embarking on a four day, one hundred and five-mile walk to Barrow in advance of the Bulldogs game with the Raiders on Sunday 6th May, taking in places such as Skipton, Ingleton and Ulverston on the way. The objective to raise money for Breast Cancer. This is in alignment with the magnificent ‘Pink Weekend’ Charity event that the club now runs on an annual basis.

The group will camp out (rather than enjoying the luxuries of hotels) each night and cook their own food as part of the ‘survival’ style experience.

Your support for a fantastic cause would be massively appreciated.




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