THE Bolton branch of Unison is providing financial and welfare support for members in "acute difficulty" during the current coronavirus pandemic.

The local branch of the trade union has a number of support services for its members.

Julie Tudor, Bolton Unison Branch Welfare Officer said: “We know that many people are really struggling at present, particularly if they have a partner or close family member who has been laid off work or furloughed.

"A large proportion of of our members work in relatively low paid roles such as care workers, admin officers, cleaners or as teaching assistants. For any of our members with acute financial problems, we want them to know they are not alone.

"We can access a range of support through Unison’s charity, There For You, which can provide payments and one off grants particularly where members who are already on a low income and struggling to pay the bills."

She added: "We can also put people in touch with Unison’s debt advice support and give practical support to members who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse.

" Locally the branch has been working with Bolton Nice to get food parcels to some of our members who have really been struggling to get by.

"After ten years of pay freezes for public service workers, it is no surprise to me that we have members who are finding it hard to keep a roof over their heads."

More information is available on the union’s national website: https://www.unison.org.uk/get-help/services-support/there-for-you/ or by email at thereforyou@unison.co.uk or by contact the Unison branch office.