If you are a member and you are experiencing financial difficulties, whatever the circumstances, There for You can offer you support.
We can provide one-off grants to those in difficulty due to coronavirus, or other financial assistance for those experiencing unexpected hardship.
COVID-19 Response Fund
There for You has set up a special response fund to help UNISON members in immediate financial difficulty due to coronavirus. We can provide a one-off grant of £250 to help with essential expenses such as food and bills.
If you have any questions regarding this grant or to send us any additional supporting documents please email CovidGrantEnquiries@unison.co.uk.
Please note that this is a limited fund and grants will continue to be paid until the fund is exhausted.
To be eligible for a COVID-19 grant the following must apply:
- You or your partner have suffered a reduction in earnings as a result of the coronavirus crisis which has put you in financial difficulty; OR
- You or your partner are a key worker with increased work-related costs as a result of the crisis, e.g. transport, care, or laundry costs.
You must also:
- Be a UNISON member with at least 4 weeks membership and have paid your subscriptions;
- Have savings of less than £800;
- Apply for any statutory help you might be entitled to.
If you do not meet the above criteria but are experiencing unexpected financial hardship due to a change in circumstances, we might be able to help you in other ways. Please see below for details about financial assistance.
You may have financial difficulties for all sorts of unexpected reasons, such as:
- Loss of income;
- Relationship breakdown;
- Suffering from a long illness;
- Needing to buy equipment because of a disability;
- Caring for someone with special needs or an illness.
What we can help with
There for You is proud to support thousands of members and their families every year, with grants totalling over half a million pounds to help with things such as general living costs, household appliances, urgent repairs, disability equipment and adaptations, utility bills and funeral costs.
To be eligible to apply for financial assistance, you must have been a member of UNISON for at least four weeks and up-to-date with your subscriptions. Also, that the financial difficulties that led you to apply occurred after you joined. Partners or dependants can also apply.
To apply, please download an application form, fill it out and return it to us along with scans, screenshots or photos of your supporting paperwork.
If you have difficulty completing the form, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7121 5620 and leave a message with your contact details. We will be in touch as soon as possible to help you through the process.
UNISON Benefits Calculator
The UNISON benefits counter will also help you find out what benefits you can claim at this time.
If you are affected by Coronavirus please go through the calculator and we will tell you about your entitlements, including the increased 2020/21 benefit rates announced on 20 March. Also see our guide to benefits for people affected by Coronavirus.
Help with debt
Even a small change in circumstances can turn a manageable situation into a debt problem that may threaten your home or your family’s wellbeing. UNISON Debtline is a free, confidential debt advice service that can help you deal with all sorts of debt.
School Uniform Grant 2020
We will be repeating the School Uniform Grant programme in 2020. However, given current demands as a result of coronavirus, the launch of this initiative will be delayed. Please keep checking the website for the latest information, but we will also publicise this to branches and members when we are ready to go live. Please note that this year we will move to online applications.