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.



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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Youth and community pay

Youth and community workers are losing thousands from their pay Last year’s pay increase of 1% was below inflation, and this followed three years of frozen pay. If pay had kept up with RPI inflation since 2009 a youth support worker on the lowest pay point would now be earning £2,260 a year more; a […]

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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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