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Pension Advice Sessions – 16 April 2018

We had a very good day today delivering Pension Advice Sessions for members and non-members at Derby Homes in the London Road Depot. Over 75 people attended three sessions receiving advice about their future options. These sessions were delivered in conjunction with Derby County Council and The Prudential.

Following the success of these sessions we are arranging to deliver the same advice sessions and also information events for those who have just taken out a pension and would like more information. These will be held at a central Derby City Council location, look out for further details soon.
There will also be some online advice we will share with you shortly so you can find out more about your options.
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Pension Advice Sessions – Monday 16 April 2018

We are holding three pension advice sessions at Derby Homes, London Road Depot. You will be able to find out the options available to you if you are considering retiring, and how to make the most of your pension that will benefit your own circumstances. We are providing these sessions in conjunction with Derby County Council and The Prudential. 

These sessions will be held at 




in the Large Training Room

For more information please contact Julie Walker below…
Contact us: Telephone:  01332 643216 / 643217      Email:
UNISON Derby City Branch, Royal Oak House, Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AR
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Women’s Conference 2018 – Liverpool – Period Poverty

Reported by -Becky Everett – Derby City Branch Delegate

Over a women’s lifetime sanitary products cost more than £5000 with women spending around £13 every month. Many women face period poverty having to choose between feeding a family and sanitary products, particularly those ladies whose family rely on food banks.

Conference welcomed that:

Additional Information by the charity Rosa

A)   Labour reduced VAT on sanitary products from 17.5% to 5%Zero VAT rating will be introduced in 2018

B)   In August 2017 Tesco became the first UK supermarket to effectively remove VAT by cutting the price of many women’s sanitary products.

C)   A members bill in the Scottish Parliaments brought by MSP Monica Lennon could see a system of universal free access to sanitary items for women and girls in low income households began in 2017.

D)   Labour intends to end poverty if it gets into power by handing our free sanitary products in schools, food banks and homeless shelters.

Women’s conference 2018 asks the National women’s Committee to:

1)    Continue to campaign to end all poverty affecting women and girls, especially period poverty.

2)    To publicise the work of organisations supporting women facing period poverty.

3)    To encourage branches and women’s groups to donate to charities collecting sanitary products for women facing period poverty.

4)    Work with Labour Link to support campaigns in Scotland and the wider UK to period poverty.

At conference we heard that women. Women of today are going without sanitary products to feed children. Women are using cut up towels instead of sanitary products and having to wash and reuse them.  Please don’t think that this isn’t happening, it will be affecting a woman near you!

This motion was carried.

Take a moment to watch the following videos and articles which highlight the issues of Period Poverty.