UNISON’s Covid-19 response fund reopens today, offering grants of up to £500 to help members affected by the pandemic.
If you are a UNISON member, you can apply for the fund if your income has been affected in any of the following ways:
- You and/or your partner are currently furloughed;
- You and/or your partner are currently receiving Statutory Sick Pay and are either shielding, self-isolating or off sick due to other Covid-related reasons;
- You and/or your partner have been made redundant or lost your job due to coronavirus;
- You and/or your partner’s employer have reduced your working hours, including loss of regular overtime (applicable also where partner is self-employed and loss of earnings can be proven);
- Please note that applicants must be a UNISON member with savings of less than £2,500 and have paid at least two months’ subscriptions.
We want to make this fund go as far as possible and help as many members as we can. Therefore please only apply if you are in financial difficulty as a result of Covid-19.
- Depending on your situation, help will be awarded as follows:
- £350 living costs for applicants who are furloughed or have a salary reduction due to COVID;
- £500 loss of employment grant due to redundancy;
- Up to £500 housing costs grant – towards rent, mortgage, or council tax arrears that have accrued since March 2020.
In addition to There for You funds, we are very grateful to have received generous grants from UNISON and the Covid-19 Healthcare Support Appeal which enable us to support members who are struggling at this time.