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The spending review’s £3bn hit on local government

Cuts to local government grant and extra spending commitments for local authorities add up to a £3bn hit on councils, says UNISON today (Wednesday). UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Today was a bad day for local government. The Chancellor grabbed another £1.9bn from council budgets, at a time when they needed more money, not […]

UNISON reacts to police budgets announcement in today’s spending review

UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “It would have been unthinkable to cut police budgets in light of the dreadful events in Paris. “The 25 per cent cuts that have been imposed since 2010 have decimated neighbourhood policing in many parts of the country. One in three Police Community Support Officers have already gone in […]

Housing changes will not reverse previous cuts to budgets

Commenting on the changes announced to housing budgets today (Wednesday) by the Chancellor, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “The promised investment in housing and the commitment to build new housing for rent does little for the many families and individuals rapidly being priced out of our towns and cities. “The chance to buy or […]

School funding reforms could harm education

Commenting on plans to scrap the current system of school funding announced today (Wednesday) by the Chancellor, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “We believe in a fair funding formula, but our concern is vital cash could now be taken away from schools in deprived areas. “It is inner city schools which need extra support, […]

Tax credits u-turn will bring huge relief to working families

Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday) that the Chancellor is to reverse his planned cuts to tax credits, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Nearly three million working families countrywide have breathed a collective sigh of relief. Since the cuts were announced in the summer, parents have faced increasing anxiety over losing the tax credits […]

Tax credit cuts could cost economy £3.5bn

Almost three million working families with children across the UK who receive tax credits could between them lose around £3.5bn, according to UNISON research. This average loss per tax credit household of £1,300 could see businesses and high streets suffer as families have much less money to spend. Although last month’s vote in the House […]

National insurance increase will rob public sector workers

UNISON is today (Tuesday) warning George Osborne that scrapping tax rebates on pensions will leave more than five million public sector workers worse off. The rise in National Insurance (NI) payments will hit pay packets in April 2016. This is when the current 1.4 per cent rebate for employees and 3.4 per cent for employers […]

Campaigning to end violence against women and girls

25 November is UN day to eliminate violence against woman and girls

Police cuts threaten neighbourhood policing at time of heightened terrorist threat, says UNISON

Nearly a third (30 per cent) of police community support officers (PCSOs) in England have been cut since 2010, says UNISON today (Monday). UNISON warns that the government’s determination to rid the country of local police patrols is placing the public at risk in the light of recent events in France. The report – Neighbourhood […]

Labour must stop knocking seven bells out of one another, says UNISON’s Dave Prentis

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis points out: “The spending review is just three days away”

UNISON supports industrial action by junior doctors

UNISON is backing strike action announced today (Thursday) by junior doctors who oppose changes to their contracts being proposed by the government. It follows a ballot of more than 37,000 junior medics represented by the British Medical Association (BMA). They have voted unanimously in favour of three days of action in England next month. UNISON […]

Government plans for higher education ‘a big disappointment’ says UNISON

UNISON has today (Friday) criticised new government proposals for higher education in England for failing to tackle key issues including funding, student access and increased social mobility. Students face being burdened with even more debt under the long-awaited plans published today by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, says UNISON. UNISON General Secretary Dave […]

Paediatric nurses in Antrim Area Hospital vote ‘yes’ for industrial action

Unprecedented turn out sees staff back action in dispute over safe staffing levels

Minister to address inaugural nursing conference

Health minister Mark Drakeford AM and chief nursing officer Jean White both scheduled to talk to UNISON members

UNISON welcomes government climb down over restrictions on unions’ social media activity

Welcoming the news today (Tuesday) that the government has decided to abandon plans for unions to give two weeks notice of any social media activity when involved in industrial action, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said: “Thankfully the government has called time on its ridiculous plans to have all union social media activity related to […]

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