Trade unions can play an important role in helping their members claim the benefits to which they are entitled. Thousands of low-paid workers are unaware of their entitlements and subsequently these are not taken up. As such, it is crucial for union reps to be aware of the latest reforms in order to give accurate initial advice. This guide is designed for that purpose. It includes details of the extensive and ongoing welfare reform changes introduced by the Tory government and explains how Universal Credit and the Benefit Cap work. It also covers Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit, Child Benefit, parental pay and leave, benefits relating to housing, sickness and injury at work and state pension entitlements.
The popular LRD Booklets provide invaluable information on a range of trade union and labour movement concerns. An average of 10 or 11 booklets are produced each year. There are guides to issues that are permanently on the trade union agenda - such as health and safety, state benefits and sick pay - as well as rapid analysis of new developments affecting trade unionists - such as new employment laws and codes.