Numeracy Challenge

'The National Numeracy challenge launched this week with the aim of reducing the number of adults in the UK with low levels of numeracy by over 1 million in the next five years.

By numeracy we mean ‘everyday maths’; the maths that helps people to make decisions in day-to-day adult life and work. Without a reasonable level of numeracy, people may not be able to manage their money through to pay-day, plan journeys or understand interest rates, medical information or promotional offers.

The Challenge Online

  • Central to the National Numeracy Challenge is the Challenge Online which is an interactive website designed to boost confidence and improve everyday maths skills.
  • Take a look here - www.nnchallenge.org.uk

Customers wishing to improve their everyday maths skills need to register online and will then be able to complete modules to test and improve their everyday maths. The challenges can then be repeated if they wish or they can move on to harder challenges as they progress. We are simply here to promote the challenge THERE IS NO TARGET to sign up customers.

If customers would like to get further help Stafford college are running maths day and evening courses (page 37 of their brochure).  Your Union Learning Rep, Stuart Nixon (stuart@staffsunison.org.uk) can help you book on courses or find other venues."

Seminar for African Migrant Workers

UNISON are organising a seminar for African Migrant Workers on Saturday 15th March here at UNISON Centre in London.

The Seminar will start at 11am and finish at 3pm with lunch included. The day will include speakers from our international work and Assistant General Secretary, Roger McKenzie and day will also focus on our members active learning and development within UNISON.

For more information see below flyer.

LGPS Transitional Regulations Update

The Regulations changing the LGPS England and Wales will come into force with effect from 1 April 2014 . PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN TO MAKE COLLEAGUES AWARE OF THE MESSAGE BELOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Supporting Women: Building Confidence & Self Development Workshop

Unionlearn is offering a FREE one day workshop for women workers, at Shrewsbury College on Saturday, 25th January 2014. Details can be found on the attached application form.

However it is appreciated that a number of you may for whatever reason be unable to travel this far. If anyone would like to attend a workshop like this, please contact me at sheila@staffsunison.org.uk

If there is enough interest we can look into the possibility of holding one here in Stafford or look at other venues.

Sheila Hemming
UNISON Women's Officer

UNISON Welcomes Decision To Keep Services In House

UNISON today welcomed Staffordshire County Council’s announcement that services previously being considered as part of the Core+ project will remain in house. The announcement today draws to an end a nine month project that has been considering the future of back office services such as ICT, HR, Procurement and Finance where business cases for two potential options have been considered. The two options being considered were:

  • To transfer the services to Entrust (Staffordshire County Council & Capita’s Joint Venture)
  • Keep services in house and redesign the delivery models whilst working with SAP, the Council’s current IT systems provider.

Steve Elsey, Staffordshire UNISON’s Branch Secretary, said: “We are delighted at the decision to maintain services in house, UNISON have been concerned since the start of this project that the likely change in shape and function of the council over coming years is likely to change the requirement for these services more than could be imagined and on that basis it seemed unwise to commit to a 19 year contract for delivery of services which in time may no longer be required, with services maintained in house the flexibility remains to tailor services and staffing requirements to the ever changing face of local government.”

He added: “UNISON have been doing a lot of work with the staff affected and throughout the process many questions have been asked which have challenged the Council’s thinking over the viability of outsourcing these services. We would like to thank our members for getting involved and for making their concerns known, the road ahead will be challenging for all of us, with the financial challenges clear.”