Is your pay protected?

Gillian Cooper
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What would you do if you couldn’t work? A new survey, by Legal & General has revealed that less than a quarter (24%) of British employees know that Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is currently set at less than £100 per week. In fact it is currently just £88.45 a week for up to 28 weeks.
The latest official figure puts the average UK weekly wage at £496, from which the take home wage is £400 a week. With SSP coming in at just £88.45 a week, it’s easy to see that the sums just don’t add up. If you can’t work, SSP doesn’t go very far in plugging the hole in your finances.

Reboot Your Life - Reassess, detox and get organised

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Do you feel that your life has strayed off track? Are you feeling stuck or exhausted? Perhaps small changes aren’t making the difference you need?
It’s time to reboot and start again when it comes to the parts of life which just aren’t going to plan. Follow our tips below to detox, reorganise and reschedule your life.

Allergy Season Common Symptoms and Remedies

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It is estimated that around one in four Britons - that’s 16 million people - are affected by hayfever, or allergic rhinitis to give the condition its official name.
It’s on the rise so is there anything you can do to alleviate your allergies?

Walk your way to health

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Hate running? It isn’t for everyone. If the thought of pounding the pavement leaves you cold, research published in American Heart Association Journal shows that walking has just as many health benefits as running. In fact, studies show it’s better for you than high-impact exercise because of increased risk of injury – walking is gentler on the joints.*
Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and it can also help maintain a healthy weight and is proven to boost mood and memory. Walking outdoors can add extra challenges when you have to work against the wind and uneven surfaces, too. And, best of all, walking is free and available to everyone.

#HeartUnions - Durham Miners' Gala

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We’re looking back on key events in union history. In this blog post, we cover the Durham Miners Gala.
Famed for its rousing colliery bands, bright banners and for being one of the biggest trade union gatherings in the whole of Europe, Durham Miners' Gala occupies a special - and prominent - place in the trade union calendar.

#HeartUnions Week - Burston School Strike

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To commemorate Heart Unions Week, we’re looking back on key events in union history. In this blog post, we cover the Burston School Strike.
What's your most enduring memory from schooldays? Coming second in the 200m sprint on sports day? Taking the lead in the annual drama production? Or how about kicking off the longest strike in history?

#HeartUnions Week - Chainmakers' Festival

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To commemorate Heart Unions Week, we’re looking back on key events in union history. In this blog post, we cover the Chainmakers’ Strike in 1910 and the Chainmakers Festival.
1910: the year Old Trafford was opened, George V succeeded to the British throne, and the women chainmakers of Cradley Heath in the Black Country won minimum wage following a ten-week strike, effectively doubling their pay.

'Women underestimating their financial importance'

Gillian Cooper
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21/08/2014
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Failure to take out income protection or life insurance cover means many UK women are inadvertently putting their families' financial futures at risk.
According to a report by insurance group Aegon, working women are not considering the implications of long-term illness or premature death on their nearest and dearest.