Save Our Services: A Better Deal For Nottingham

branch-squareSince 2013 the Government has reduced funding to Nottingham City Council by over £101million! Now due to budget cuts and broken promises the council is considering brutal cuts to public services that will affect everyone who lives or works in Nottingham.

The £15.6million package of budget cuts include cuts to children's services, including the disbanding of the Missing Children's Team – reducing protection for our most vulnerable children. Closure of the John Carroll Leisure Centre and Summerwood Adult Day Centre. And cutting Community Protection Services - making Nottingham less safe.

Boris Johnson has said he wants the country to Build Back Better but government cuts to councils across England make that impossible! That is why we're calling on Nottingham Councillors and MPs to stand together to Save our Services and demand a Better Deal for Nottingham.

Please follow this link to see a set of case studies detailing the cuts in Nottingham city pdfJoint TU Case Studies in Response to NCC Budget Feb 21

Please write to your local councillor and MP objecting to these cuts. Here's a link to the template letter you can send https://action.unison.org.uk/page/76266/action/1

 

Cuts to Jobs and Services at Nottingham City Council

branch-squareOn 19th January, Nottingham City Council announced a further round of cuts to jobs and services amounting to £15.6M, with the threat of even more to come. As well as placing increased pressure on the Council workforce, the proposed cuts will directly impact some of the most disadvantaged communities and citizens in Nottingham,

Join us on the 22nd February for an online joint briefing hosted by UNISON, Unite and GMB and hear how you can join our campaign to oppose these cuts to jobs and services.

Further details and the link to the meetings can be found here Joint TU Members Meeting


 

Exit Payment Cap

branch-squareGovernment rethink will bring relief to millions of public sector workers

UNISON and other unions made a legal challenge that was due to be heard in a few weeks. However, just as we were finalising our evidence, the government backed down.

The government says that it has disapplied the regulations, with a view to revoking them completely, because it may have had 'unintended consequences'.

This is great news for members, further details can be found in the link below:-

https://www.unison.org.uk/news/press-release/2021/02/government-exit-payment-rethink-will-bring-relief-millions-public-sector-workers/

 

Annual General Meeting Newsletter

branch-squarePlease follow the link below to read our AGM 2021 Branch Newsletter which includes:-

- Update from Branch Secretary
- Covid-19 Response Fund
- Notice of AGM – 9th March 2021
- Branch Nominations
- Message to Retired Members
- Update from Private, Voluntary & Independent Sector Organiser
- Expressions of interest for the National Delegate & Local Government Conferences

Please note that nominations, motions and expressions of interest for the conferences should be sent to the branch (ideally by email) by 25 January 2021.

pdfAGM Newsletter January 2021

pdfAGM Nomination Form 2021

Reality Check: Public Sector Pay Freeze

pay-squareLast week, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced pay cuts for public sector workers, and made dubious claims around 'fairness' and the private sector. UNISON goes through the chancellor's claims and corrects them.

Let's unpack some of the chancellor's statements and see how they stack up when they're checked and given a bit more context.

'Pay has been rising faster in the public sector than the private sector'

Pay rises have been higher on average in the public sector over the last year. However, they have been lower than the increases in the private sector for much of the last ten years.

Averages can be misleading – which was obviously the chancellor's intention.

A recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) study that compared jobs on a like-for-like basis found that the average public sector worker was paid 3% less than a private sector worker in 2019 and had been earning less in terms of gross pay (including overtime and bonus pay) every year since 2014.

Public sector workers only earn more than comparable private sector workers when pensions are added to the comparison, because of the private sector's widespread destruction of defined benefit schemes.

Read more: Reality Check: Public Sector Pay Freeze

Covid-19 Response Fund

there-for-you-squareUNISON's COVID-19 response fund reopened on Monday 16 November, offering grants of up to £500 to help members whose household incomes have been affected in any of the following ways:


 You and/or your partner are currently furloughed
 You and/or your partner are currently receiving Statutory Sick Pay and are either shielding, self-isolating or off sick due to other COVID-related reasons
 You and/or your partner have been made redundant or lost your job due to coronavirus
 You and/or your partner's employer have reduced your working hours, including loss of regular overtime (applicable also where partner is self-employed and loss of earnings can be proven)

Please note that applicants must be a UNISON member with savings of less than £2,500 and have paid at least two months' subscriptions.

Depending on your situation, help will be awarded as follows:
 £350 living costs for applicants who are furloughed or have a salary reduction due to COVID
 £500 loss of employment grant due to redundancy
 Up to £500 housing costs grant – towards rent, mortgage, or council tax arrears that have accrued since March 2020

Read more: Covid-19 Response Fund

We need a public Inquiry & Zero Covid Strategy

Stand Up to Racism

equalities-squareLast week we launched a statement and petition calling for urgent action on the disproportionate impact of COVID19 on BAME Communities, signed by cross party MPs, Trade Union leaders, campaigners and community representatives.

With lockdown in England due to end next week, the UK has seen over 12,000 deaths in this second wave, it is clear that the governments current strategy is not saving lives.

Over 500 people have signed our petition on change.org calling on the government to take on a range of measures including a public inquiry on COVID disproportionate impact, an end to NHS charging for migrants and no recourse to public funds, and a strategy for Zero Covid including a fully functioning find, test, track and trace system led by local public health teams, and lockdown measures that will both reduce the virus and provide proper support to communities.

HAVE YOU SIGNED THE PETITION?

Read more: We need a public Inquiry & Zero Covid Strategy

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