Thursday, 19 November 2015

Health and Social Care Integration

Health and Social Care Integration (HSCI)

A large number of workers in Adult Care eg Social Workers, Care Managers etc will be affected by HSCI although it is not clear what this will mean in detail and how it will affect us on a daily basis. 
The branch has representation on a Tayside HR/ trade union meeting and we will sit on the Integration Joint Board as a mandatory non-voting member. 
We have also just started discussions with Vicky Irons, Chief Officer, and George Bowie, Interim Head of Adult Services, about the consultation mechanisms within the new integrated structure in Angus.

We have no Stewards in the whole of Adult Care, apart from myself, so we need more volunteers, please. 
This is an exciting time to get involved, hear first hand what is being said and have a role in the development of the new service so if you are interested, please contact me for a chat and more information at or 01307 468950

Mavis Leask
Branch Secretary

Changes to State pension and NI contributions

 £5 billion tax raid

A hidden £5 billion pound tax raid will hit the pay packets of 5 million public sector workers next April.
Workers who earn £25,000 – around the average salary – could have to pay an extra £267.80 because of a rise in National Insurance contributions.
The increase is a little known consequence of the new state pension from April 2016.
Those affected are currently contracted out of the state second pension – a top up scheme that allows workers to earn extra retirement income. As they opted out the Treasury reduced NI contributions. The state second pension is to be scrapped from April so anyone contracted out will have to pay higher NI contributions.
Many workers didn’t know they were paying lower National Insurance but anyone contracted out will pay an extra 1.6p National Insurance for every £1 they earn.

When the new state pension was introduced workers were told that anyone who had 35 years of NI contributions would qualify for the full new pension. This is not the case and one in three workers will get the £151.25 a week from next April.

To find out more go to

Find out how much State Pension you can expect by getting a State Pension statement. Go to

UNISON e-mail up-dates

UNISON up-dates

If you would like more information on UNISON work nationally and on local branch activity and are not already on our e-mail circulation lists, please send us your name, workplace and e-mail address to

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Trade Union Bil

Trade Union Bill – Mass Rally to Oppose

“In simple terms this Bill is about destroying trade unions at the behest of the UK government. The Tories are saying you shouldn't belong to a union and if you do we will make it virtually impossible for you to take collective and political action to defend your job, pay and conditions. The public sector is being targeted because unions campaign against their planned destruction of public services, but they will come for the private and voluntary sector next. It's time for us to mobilise the majority to wrest control back from the minority”. 

Read UNISON's briefing briefing on the Scottish implications of the Bill. It has now been confirmed that ministers running English departments like health, communities and justice will be able to direct Scottish public bodies. This is probably the greatest challenge to the devolution settlement since the Scottish Parliament’s inception.

UNISON thinks MPs should be focusing on the real problems this country faces, not undermining people’s right to be supported at work.

Carers (Scotland) Bill

Scottish Parliament Stage 1 Debate: Carers (Scotland) Bill

UNISON members deliver a wide range of services in the public, community and private sector, these members are also tax payers, service users and often carers themselves.
UNISON recognises the importance of supporting carers as they can hold families together and allow those they care for to get the most out of life.

While UNISON supports many aspects of this bill, there have also been a number of concerns which have been set out in UNISON's submission to the Scottish Government.

Changes to the new State Pension

Changes to the State Pension

The new State Pension will be a regular payment from the government that you can claim if you reach State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016.
You’ll be able to get the new State Pension if you’re eligible and:
  • a man born on or after 6 April 1951
  • a woman born on or after 6 April 1953
How much you’ll get when you reach State Pension age will depend on your National Insurance record.

The full new State pension from April 2016 will be no less than £151.25 although the actual amount will be set in 2015. A person is “contracted out” of the additional State Pension if they are a member of a workplace pension scheme such as the LG pension scheme. Both the employee and their employer pay lower rate National Insurance contributions for the time they are contracted out. As a result, people who have been contracted out may have little or no Additional State Pension and your state pension could be lower than the new guaranteed figure.

To find out more go to

Find out how much State Pension you may get by getting a State Pension statement. Go to

Be Heard! Use Your Vote!

Your union – your vote

UNISON is holding an election this year to choose who will be general secretary and lead the union for the next five years.

If you’re a UNISON member, it’s time to be heard and use your vote in the ballot, which opens on 9 November. There’s no bigger role in the union than that of general secretary. It’s one of the most high-profile jobs in the country – leader of the largest public service trade union in the UK and the leading voice of more than 1.3 million public service workers. When government ministers or employers sit down with an elected general secretary, they know they’re dealing with someone with 1.3 million trade unionists behind them. It gives us political clout. It helps UNISON get things done. That’s why it’s vitally important all our members cast their votes.
Voting is very important – you need to make sure your general secretary represents you.

It’s your union and your vote counts. Be heard – use your vote in UNISON’s general secretary election.

Ballot opens 9 November 2015

Ballot closes 4 December 2015
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