News from Local Government – 14 May 2019

News from Local Government – 14 May 2019

This e-mail informs you of circulars and bulletins on issues and developments of interest to branches and members.

UNISON NJC Committee’s proposal for 2020 – 21 NJC Pay Claim: Clarification for Branch consultation

Circular LG 20 2019 issued 3 May 2019 asked branches to consult members as widely as possible on the UNISON NJC Committee’s proposal for the NJC pay claim for 2020/21.  For clarification the Committee’s proposal is:
10% or £10 per hour minimum hourly rate, whichever is greater

Branches are reminded to respond to their Regional Head of Local Government by 5 pm on Friday 31 May 2019, using the pro-forma included in the circular.

Contact: Gill Archer on 020 7121 5340, e-mail OR James Bull, on 020 7121 5449, e-mail:

UNISON Social Worker Survey on Funding for Children and Young People’s Services

The Government is in the process of determining how much funding will be made available for various public services from 2020 onwards. Action for Children, Barnardo’s, The National Children’s Bureau, The Children’s Society and the Local Government Association are working together to ensure that this is based on the best evidence about children’s needs.

As part of this, UNISON is polling our social workers about their experience of meeting these needs in the current financial climate, their perceptions of changes in funding and demand, and how these are impacting on their work. The survey results will be aggregated and passed on anonymously to Action for Children who are collecting the survey data on behalf all the organisations taking part in this poll.

Please encourage social worker members in your branch to participate in this very important poll.
Click here to take the poll

Contact: Gill Archer on 020 7121 5340, e-mail

Tell us how collaboration with the police and/or ambulance service has affected your branch’s fire and rescue members!

This branch circular asks branches with fire and rescue members in England, Wales and Scotland to complete a survey on the frequency and impact of co-location with police and ambulance services.

UNISON has often raised concerns about the potential impact of collaboration on ‘blue light’ services – police, fire and rescue and ambulance services – fearing that it will be used as a way to merge or cut support staff roles.

For some time the Government has encouraged emergency services to collaborate, introducing legislation that compels all three services to consider collaboration and gives Police and Crime Commissioners the ability to take over governance of fire and rescue services. This approach, combined with financial pressures caused by austerity, has forced a number of services to begin sharing resources, including office space.

If your branch supports UNISON members working in fire and rescue services, we want to hear from you about how much collaboration or co-location is happening in your area and how this has affected your work with employers, other UNISON branches and other unions.

Please complete the survey by clicking this link

Your answers will help to inform our work and ensure we can give branches more effective support and resources on this issue.  This survey will close on Friday 7 June.

Contact:  Natalie Ntim on 020 7121 5549, e-mail

REMINDER: UNISON’S Public Library Membership Survey 2019

Branches are reminded to distribute this new survey to all members working in libraries. Please encourage your members to fill in this important questionnaire.

Deadline: Monday 20 May.

LG 21 2019 Circular
Take the survey

Contact:  Sarah Pearce, on 020 7121 5261, e-mail

Going for Growth in Colleges

Colleges need help. Cuts of 30% to funding in FE over the past decade, coupled with years of either no, or very low, pay rises means that pay has fallen by 25% in real terms over that time. Constant restructures and redundancies have taken their toll on members and impacted on our FE membership.

We’ve been campaigning hard this past year with the Love Our Colleges and Raise The Rate Campaigns and we need to be build on them with a drive to increase our membership in colleges. We’ve produced a new leaflet to help – it shows why staff should join UNISON and not be attracted by free membership offers by unions who are really only interested in representing teaching staff.


Contact: Leigh Powell on 020 7121 5512, e-mail