Report to Branch April 2016

Legal Services Secretary – Report to Branch Committee
April 2016

Since taking on the role of Legal and Medical Secretary in 2005, a running total has been kept of monies recovered following on from accidents incurred either inside or outside of work, that have been processed on behalf of members of the Branch.
At the time of writing this report, that total stands at £4,274, 318. An increase of around 10 thousand pounds on last month. The total includes compensation payments and monies received from the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) in Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, along with payments made from the various businesses Personal Accident Benefit Schemes (PABS). In addition to this, just over £76,300 is made in payments to our members by the DWP every year for the rest of their lives in disability benefit. (This payment rises year on year in line with the rate of inflation).
5 new cases have been opened since the date of the last Branch Committee report, 1 of which is on behalf of dependants of members. This is an important benefit of CWU membership which should be advertised to our members as widely as possible.
External Legal news:
The Government’s ‘National Living Wage’ for workers aged 25 and over come into effect on April 1st, this sets a minimum wage of £7.20 per hour.
From the 6th of April, the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal rises by £627 to £78,962.

Employment Law:
The latest edition (19th) of Selwyn’s Law of Employment was released on April 1st 2016. I recommended that the Branch purchase a copy of this book in my report to the March meeting, but have not been advised if this was agreed to or not, and am yet to see a copy arrive in the Branch office.

Dave Westbrook
05/04/2016.