UNISON Benefits: Financial Assistance

UNISON Benefits: Financial Assistance

UNISON helps its members resolve problems or issues related to work and home. Whether you are being bullied, want to find out more about your rights to flexible working or need help with your finances, UNISON can offer you confidential advice.

Members experiencing financial and emotional difficulties can contact our welfare charity, There for You, which provides a confidential advice and support service for members and their dependents

Financial assistance

If you are a member and you are experiencing financial difficulties, whatever the circumstances, There for You can offer you support. You may have financial problems for reasons including:

  • relationship breakdown;
  • loss of income;
  • suffering from a long illness;
  • needing to buy equipment because of a disability;
  • caring for someone with special needs or an illness.

Grants and funding

There is no guarantee that we can offer you financial help, but thousands of members and their families do benefit from our support every year. For example, in 2012, There for You gave more than 4,000 grants to members totalling nearly £750,000.

For more information contact us on 020 7121 5620 or email thereforyou@unison.co.uk or contact your branch welfare officer.

School uniform grants

UNISON’s scheme helps members on low incomes deal with the cost of school uniforms.

Families on low incomes can struggle to make ends meet, especially just before the start of the new school year.

Dealing with debt

Debt can cause a great deal of stress in your life. A small change in circumstances can turn a manageable situation into a debt problem that threatens your home or your family’s wellbeing.

UNISON’s Debtline service is available to all our members to help you manage money and deal with debt. We offer free confidential advice to help you clear your debts.

Debtline can help you deal with:

  • credit card debt;
  • mortgage arrears;
  • home repossession;
  • county court judgment claims.
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