A “fair, affordable and sustainable” new package of branch funding and support has been endorsed by the union’s national executive council (NEC) at a meeting today and will be debated at the union’s special delegate conference in June.
The motion and report, Supporting our Branches, is the result of the two-year branch resources review carried out by a group consisting of 24 lay members from the NEC and regions.
It makes a series of proposals for more practical support for local branches including an improved funding formula and a new branch support and organising fund.
Introducing the report, Lilian Macer, co-chair of the review group, said: “We need every branch to be able to be active and that is what we are trying to achieve.
“When we come together as a collective, our strength and power is unstoppable. But that means all of us working together – in branches, regions, self-organised groups, service groups, and the national centre.”
The review group had engaged with over 1,700 activists through surveys, meetings and presentations; had consulted branches on the issues facing them and developed the package of key proposals to support branches in different ways.
The review group will continue to engage with regions and branches in the run-up to the union’s online special delegate conference where it will be debated.