Homecare in crisis


Three quarters of councils continue to insist on 15-minute homecare visits for elderly and disabled people, UNISON reveals

The life and times of a low-pay parent

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With the chancellor’s U-turn on tax credits, single mum Kati Conway says she can sleep again at night – for now


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‘What kind of world have we created?’

Director Ken Loach talks about his acclaimed new film, which deals with the ‘conscious cruelty’ of the benefits system, leading people towards food banks and homelessness

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UNISON wins Mumsnet

We’re big fans of Mumsnet at UNISON, and following a discussion thread about our public service champions campaign last week, we’re even bigger fans.


A life less ordinary

Women in prison, suicide and domestic violence are just some of the issues UNISON vice president Margaret McKee is tackling

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Breast cancer, my union and me

Liz Potter was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in the summer of 2013 at the age of 49.


A matter of life and death

The NHS is continually criticised by its government regulator for being in the red – but it’s the beleaguered services that really matter


Finding a way through Brexit

As the UK wonders what happens next in a post-Brexit world, UNISON is acting now

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A positive frame of mind

Mindfulness is a meditative technique that helps us cope with everyday stress

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May The Force Be With You

Shaun McDermott is a PCSO on the community beat. His way of relaxing with the kids involves going to a galaxy far, far away…


Homecare workers, illegal payments and when the sums just don’t add up

It used to take Judith Montgomery three and a half hours to earn two hours’ pay.


You’ll never walk alone with Eric

Eric Roberts looks forward to a year as the president of ‘the best union in the country’

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‘My mum has Alzheimer’s and I have haemophilia’: why homecare matters

Omar Ramadan has severe haemophilia – a disorder that impairs the body’s ability to control blood clotting – and he cares for his mother who has Alzheimer’s.

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Young people change history – here’s how

The history of young people and social movements

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The Trade Union Bill – how we campaigned for key changes

UNISON members across the UK played a part in protecting their trade union rights

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“My employer ‘gave’ me to someone else”

Through its International Development Fund, UNISON is supporting efforts to protect Indian workers from exploitation when migrating to the Gulf


‘An inconsequential little protest’

Graeme Ellis didn’t expect that a very personal gesture of protest would help pave the way for the government’s budget U-turn on cuts to disabled people