Dear Unison AP member
Hopefully the attached documents are self explanatory. Unison has made representations to the NPS that we want a range of roles, changed/introduced via E3, to be re-evaluated as allowed under the JE scheme.
We are beginning with the AP Residential Officer Worker role (Band 2) so would ask that if this is your role you follow the instruction to review the JD attached and submit any evidence in terms of enhanced/changed responsiblities. You can submit this either via return email or hard copy to the branch office below. We will collate your reponses and sumbit to our national office
Other AP members will be communicated with in due course in respect of their roles
Admin Officer (Part Time – T/W/T)
UNISON NW Probation & CAFCASS Branch
C/o Moss Side Probation Office
87 Moss Lane West
Tel: 07902 792741
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NW Unison is encouraging people to use their vote on May 23rd to stop the fascist Tommy Robinson becoming an MEP in the North West.
The PR system in the EU elections means he only need a small percentage of the vote to win seats.
That’s why we’re supporting Stand up to Racism & Unite against Fascism’s campaign to get the maximum vote out against Tommy Robinson.
We need a big turnout and every vote counts. So we’re asking for your help to make this campaign reach as many people as possible.
Do something in your workplace:
Get together with colleagues
leaflet your workmates,
leaflet the local community
take a collection, donate to the Campaign
take selfies to show active supportand share pictures and events on social media with the unions’ hashtag, along with
16 May 2019
OFFENDER MANAGEMENT TO RETURN TO PUBLIC SECTOR
Today the government has announced that all offender management work currently carried out by the CRCs will return to the public sector when the CRC contracts come to an end in the spring of 2021. The CRC contracts were due to come to an end in December 2020, but have been extended to allow for the government’s plans for probation to be put in place.
But unpaid work, accredited programmes and other rehabilitative interventions and resettlement services, currently provided by the CRCs, will not transfer to the NPS. They will be offered to the private and voluntary sector in a new bidding process.
This is the same model of delivery which has already been proposed for Wales and which is already being put into place in that country.
Today’s announcement is an admission at last from the government that Chris Grayling’s botched TR reforms have failed. No one in the world of probation believed that TR would ever work, and so it proved right from the start. It is shameful that it took four and half years of pain, aggravation and heartbreak before Ministers acted. Probation has been broken and it will take a long time, and a lot of money, to fix.
The plans are a step in the right direction, because they do bring most CRC work back into the public sector, but they are also flawed in a number of key respects:
- Unpaid work, programmes and interventions are to stay out in the private/voluntary sector. Many CRCs have struggled to provide these services and there is little evidence that a market exists to deliver them. UNISON wants all this work to come into the NPS. Probation needs to be re-unified; it cannot work if the split in delivery carries on into the future. We will campaign for full re-unification.
- The National Probation Service has yet to prove itself. Working for the NPS has not always been a happy experience for many staff and Probation has been the poor relation to the Prison Service inside HMPPS. In particular the NPS has:
- forced a one-size fits all probation model across England and Wales
- downgraded key occupations such as victim liaison officers, residential workers, business managers, enforcement officers etc
- suffered from on-going big staff shortages in key operational areas
- 1,000 agency staff to deliver work it cannot recruit into
- privatised night waking cover in approved premises with disastrous consequences
- put prison governors in charge of probation officers in prison
- not been able to pay staff properly since it was created as a result of its privatised payroll provider getting things wrong on an on-going basis
UNISON has had its work cut out in representing members in the NPS and the organisation is going to have to improve considerably if it is to succeed in taking on all offender management work from the CRCs.
- UNISON’s ‘Let’s Fix Probation’ campaign argues that all probation work should be brought back under public ownership, not as part of the NPS, but via the re-creation of Local Probation Services under local democratic control and local management. We will continue to make this case. Probation can only function properly as a unified and local service, delivered and managed in the public sector, free from the interference of the MOJ, or HMPPS.
Chris Grayling’s botched TR reforms show that Probation is just not safe in MoJ hands.
For our members, dedicated and hard working staff, today’s announcement means even more change on top of what have been the most difficult years in Probation history. More than anything UNISON hopes that the government has learnt that there is a real human cost to their experimenting. Listening to practitioners and service users will be more important than ever as we move to the next set of reforms.
Today’s announcement means that there is going to be further upheaval and change in the Probation Service. At a time like this you need a strong union to look after your job security and pay and conditions.
UNISON has already submitted a new Staff Transfer and Protections Agreement to the NPS to protect both CRC and NPS staff interests in the big changes to come. UNISON’s aim is to protect your job and your livelihood in the transfer processes which will result from the government announcement. If you are not already a trade union member in the CRCs or in the NPS, now is the time to join UNISON.
Get help with the cost of school uniforms
Families living on low incomes with children struggle constantly to make ends meet – and this can be particularly acute before the new school year begins when the extra costs hit hard.
But it’s not all bad news – help IS available. The union’s welfare charity There for You has once more set up a limited fund to help members on low incomes towards the costs of school uniform through a one-off payment of £40.
The process is very similar to previous years and an amount of money has been ring-fenced to support this initiative. However, once it’s gone it’s gone!
So don’t miss out. Apply early and send your form and supporting paperwork in as soon as possible. All the information you need can be found below. Alternatively, contact UNISON Direct on 0800 0857 857 for a form to be sent to you.
Just one more thing please don’t keep details of this grant a secret. Help us to help even more members and let your work colleagues know that help is at hand. There will be many, like you, worrying about how they will be able to afford uniforms to send their children back to school in the Autumn.
Completed applications need to be sent to There for You, UNISON Centre, 130 Euston Road, London, NW1 2AY by Friday 19 July 2019 at the latest.
- 2019 School Uniform Grants Application Form9 May 2019
- 2019 School Uniform Grants Q and A9 May 2019
- 2019 School Uniform Grants Poster9 May 2019
- BWO Criteria Financial Assistance 201828 January 2019This policy document puts into context the criteria to be used for the assessment of applications to UNISON Welfare for financial assistance.
- Financial Assistance Form information guide14 November 2018
- UNISON ‘There for You’ application for financial assistance form5 November 2018UNISON ‘There for You’ application for financial assistance form.
Events are taking place across the region to celebrate and mark the day, with opportunities to hear from fantastic speakers and important campaigns
Merseyside – Monday 6th May 2019, 12noon at The Bombed Out Church, Berry Street. Marching to St George’s Hall. Speakers include Dan Carden MP and Len McCluskey, Unite General Secretary. More info here
Manchester – Sunday 5th May 2019. March from All Saints Park, starting at 11am. Rally at The Mechanics Institute from 12noon, with speakers including Len McCluskey. Further events are taking place in The Mechanics Institute throughout the afternoon. More info here
Salford – Saturday 4th May 2019. Assemble 1pm at Bexley Square. Speakers include Steve Turner, Unite the Union AGS, Rebecca Long-Bailey MP and Mayor Paul Dennett. More info here
Burnley – Monday 6th May 2019. Parade and Festival. March from 12noon, starting at Burnley Town Hall. Finishing at Towneley Park, with events and activities planned. More info here
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The next UNISON North West LGBT Group open meeting will be held on Thursday 16th May 2019 from 1800 hours to 2000 hours at the UNISON North West Regional Offices, Arena Point, Manchester, M3 1UN. The meeting is open to any UNISON member who self defines as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans and is in a branch based in the North West Region. Travel and appropriate meal expenses will be covered by the committee.
Paperwork will be circulated by email prior to the meeting. Members are encouraged to join our mailing list by completing the online form at http://www.unisonnw.org/lgbtsubscribe and follow us on social media, www.twitter.com/unisonnwlgbt and www.facebook.com/unisonnwlgbt.
We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
With kind regards Ceri Lewis-Shaw and Adam Hodgson Co-convenors – UNISON North West LGBT Committee
Please find attached the UNISON MoneyTalk Newsletter – New Tax Year, the personal finance newsletter for members of UNISON published by Lighthouse Financial Advice.
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Eastern, Midlands, North West, North Wales, East/South/West Yorks.
Lighthouse Financial Advice
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Dear Branch Secretary/ Black Member ,
We have 2 important events which we would like to promote to all Black Members across the North West so please pass on this notification to the relevant members.
In UNISON, ‘Black’ – with a capital B – is used to indicate people with a shared history. ‘Black’ is used in a broad political and inclusive sense to describe people in the UK who have suffered from colonialism and enslavement in the past and continue to experience racism and diminished opportunities in today’s society.
1.North West Regional Black Members Meeting, 1 pm to 3 pm, Wednesday 1st of May at GHS Enterprise Ltd, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JN.
We are providing a hot buffet so please can you confirm your attendance to A.Blundell@unison.co.uk so we are catering appropriately.
2. Black Members Training Day, Wednesday 22nd of May, Venue tbc. This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your understanding of how to get involved in Unison, tackling discrimination at work , race and trade unions and developing Black leaders. Please put this in your diary and registration details will be sent out in due course.
Travel expenses will be reimbursed so please keep all receipts.
If in future you would like to receive direct emails from the NW Black Members Committee please email A.Blundell@unison.co.uk
NW Chair Black Members Committee