The Covid pandemic has been a devastating time for many Unite members and their families. We have lost our loved ones and have been separated from family and friends.
It has also led to a big increase in unemployment. And while Unite has, and will continue to fight to save every single job, we have still faced job losses in the companies where we organise and when furlough is removed many more of our members will be made redundant.
To support Unite Community members who are unemployed and Unite industrial members who have lost their jobs, Unite Community has produced this useful guide on what benefits are available, how to claim and where to get advice and support. It also offers advice on how to minimise outgoings and manage debt.
Workers who have had to claim benefits, many for the first time, have been shocked at how low benefit levels are, and that’s even with the £20 per week increase in Universal Credit that I helped negotiated on behalf of Unite at the beginning of the pandemic.
Unite Community members have been campaigning hard to make the £20 increase to Universal Credit permanent. Two thirds of Universal Credit claimants are actually in work on low pay. The Government intends to cut the £20 increase in September unless we can stop them. Families who are just about surviving now, will be plunged into poverty relying on food banks and charity. If you’re interested in getting involved in the campaign to stop the cut and extend the £20 to legacy benefit claimants please get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in solidarity,
Assistant General Secretary
Responsible for Manufacturing, Retired and Community Members