The public service trade union, Unison has launched a scheme to help members who are working part and struggling financially.
The union has launched a school uniform grant scheme which aims to assist members who are on low incomes and find it difficult to make ends meet.
Bolton Unison Branch Secretary, Bernadette Gallagher said “I am really pleased that Unison is offering this support to members. The vast majority of our members are not big earners. Many of our members are in low paid front line jobs in schools and adult social care. Often these are women workers with family commitments who are really struggling. Their pay has failed to keep up with rising living costs in recent years”.
The Unison charity, There For You is offering to help members receiving housing benefit or with a household income of less than £18,000 a year through offering a grant to help with the cost of purchasing school uniforms this summer. The grant is a one off payment of £40 per school age child up to a total of £120. Unison members seeking help can apply for a grant from 22nd May to 21st July. As the fund is limited members are urged to make an early application. There is an application form available via the union website www.unison.org.uk/thereforyou or the national Unison help line 0800 0857 857.