Key issues

This section is about the key issues affecting people employed in the community and voluntary sector. Each key issue explains the facts behind the issue, what UNISON is doing and how you can get involved. You will also find news articles, useful resources and events.

More than 60,000 UNISON members work in the community and voluntary sector. We make sure the needs and rights of workers in this sector are recognised and defended. By working together within UNISON, community and voluntary workers can achieve more.


Row of Typical English Terraced Houses at London.


The nation faces a desperate housing crisis. We need to build at least 300,000 homes per year to meet housing demand but less than half the homes we need are being built.

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    End violence at work

    Ending violence at work in the third sector Violence at work in the community and housing association sectors, is a serious problem. It is consistently raised by UNISON members as one of their greatest concerns at work. Recent surveys show that nearly half our members in the sector have experienced an incident of violence or […]

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      Community and austerity

      The community and voluntary sector looks after the disadvantaged and vulnerable. But is the sector still able to deliver after three years of austerity? And what is the effect on those holding services together at the frontline?

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