Welcome to UNISON Wakefield MDC

The Wakefield District Branch of UNISON has approximately 9,000 members and whilst the majority of those members are organised across WMDC we also have members organised amongst over 80 other employers.

These members also deliver key services to the public, some of these members are from the Meat Hygiene Service, Colleges, Probation, West Yorkshire Joint Services, the Voluntary Sector, Housing Associations, the caring fields, Wakefield & District Housing, car parks and areas of education other than the LEA to name but a few.

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Get help with school uniform costs - deadline 21 July 2017 (23/05/17)

School uniform grant 2017

School Uniform Grant - Application form pdf
School Uniform Grant - Questions & Answers pdf

If you have any problem with filling in the form please don't hesitate to get in touch with the branch


Retired members web page launched (23/02/17)

The Wakefield District Branch of UNISON has an active retired members group and you can find out about all the activities on a new web page on this website here...

If you are interested in getting involved please don't hesiate to get in touch for more information, contact the branch...

Message from Linda Bratley, Retired Members Secretary

'What a busy year 2016 was for the retired members section! We went on a number of outings including; Liverpool, Whitby, Harlow Carr Flower Show and the National Memorial Arboretum. We had speakers on Pensions and Macular Degeneration, sent delegates to Retired Members Conference and Regional Retired Members Committee.

We started in 2017 by holding an afternoon tea at the Town Hall, this gave members the chance of a get together and the opportunity to put forward their ideas for the coming year. We currently have plans for a meeting in Branch Office on 3rd March 2017 at 11.30am and a trip to Black Sheep Brewery and Leyburn on Wednesday 5th April 2017. At our next meeting, we will plan for the next six months which we will advertise via the Branch Website and our newssheet. If you are nearing retirement and want to take advantage of our events, you just need to contact the Branch and ask to be put into retired membership.'


Can you afford to lose £50 a Week in Tax Credits? (30/06/16)

Universal Credit usually pays less than Tax Credits. About a million people who are entitled to Tax Credits aren’t claiming. That’s why UNISON has teamed up with entitledto Ltd to deliver the UNISON Tax Credit (Take Up) Calculator to help people claim Tax Credits before Universal Credit arrives locally.

Tax Credits

On 11 April 2016 the help people get with Universal Credit is being cut. 80,000 people in work will be hit immediately. Single parents, for example, lose over £50/week. The roll-out of the new Universal Credit software starts in May and will be completed by 2018. Once it arrives locally you won’t be able to apply for Tax Credits.

Universal Credit usually pays less than Tax Credits. The government says no-one who moves from Tax Credits to Universal Credit will be worse off. That means if you sign up for Tax Credits before the change, the amount of money you get will stay protected when you move over to UC, so long as your circumstances don’t change. This could be worth as much as an extra £50 a week for some people and over 5 years as much as £14,000.

Find out more here...


Government withdraws plan to stop check-off for subs payment (20/04/16)

The government has withdrawn plans to ban public service workers from having their union subs deducted from their wages.

As the House of Lords started its report stage debate on the Trade Union Bill last night, Cabinet Office minister Lord Bridges confirmed that the government was withdrawing the plans to end check-off in the public sector and civil service.

UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis, who led the extensive lobbying campaign in both the House of Lords and the Commons, welcomed the move, saying the bill is still flawed, but today’s move “is a real improvement”.

He added: “I’m really proud of UNISON and the campaign we’ve run on check-off: persistence and focus paid off.”

Commenting on the announcement last night, Mr Prentis said: “There’s much that’s wrong with the Trade Union Bill, but banning unions from using the check-off system to collect membership fees from employees in the public sector was among the most mean-spirited of all its proposals.

Young woman holds up banner against the Trade Union Bill

UNISON: campaigning against the bill

“But thanks to a good deal of union campaigning behind the scenes, UNISON and the TUC have built an effective coalition in the Lords that persuaded the government a ban would be both unjustified and unnecessary.

“Now at least UNISON can concentrate on campaigning to protect public sector employees at work and the services they deliver, safe in the knowledge that it will not have to spend the next year running around workplaces with direct debit forms for fear of losing much of its income.

“Employers and unions across the public sector will have breathed a collective sigh of relief at today’s news that there has been a sensible change of heart in Westminster.

“And there’s no cost to the public purse as a result of this decision.”


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There for you (UNISON Welfare)

There for you (UNISON Welfare) is UNISON's own registered charity offering a unique confidential service supplying advice and support just for UNISON members and their families

Financial Advice: If you are a member and you are experiencing financial difficulties, whatever the circumstances, There for You can offer you support.

Wellbeing Breaks: Wellbeing breaks can provide welcome relief from stress and respite from difficult circumstances. We can help you towards the costs of a break, depending on your financial situation.

General advice: There for You provides a confidential service for members over the phone or in person if you are experiencing personal difficulties.

UNISON Debtline: The service is available to all our members to help you manage money and deal with debt. We offer free confidential advice to help you clear your debts..