Support for family and friends of deceased members

UNISON News Welfare

We are so saddened to hear of members dying from COVID-19, including so many who have died in the line of duty, as they try to help others in this unprecedented time.

We want you to know that if you’re the family or friend of a UNISON member that has died, we’re here to help.

UNISON death benefit

If you are the next of kin of a UNISON member who has died, you can apply for our death benefit.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and from 1st March 2020 to July 2020 (when it will be reviewed), the next of kin of all deceased members will receive a benefit of £570.

You can claim this by filling in the form below and returning it to your local UNISON regional office by email or post.

Their contact details can be found here.

Local government, NHS pensions and other

If your deceased loved one worked in the NHS or for local government, you may be able to access their pension. Find out more:

Find out more about accessing pensions.

If the deceased member worked for a different organisation, you can ask the local branch for advice. Find the local branch using our Branch Finder tool, but entering the employer name.

There for you

Our welfare charity, There for You also offers support including help with funeral costs, hardship grants and more.

If you’re partner or dependent of the deceased member you can also take up any of the services they offer to members.

Read their guide on funerals (PDF) to find out more

Or more about their general financial help and advice.

You can also email them at or leave a message by calling them on 020 7121 5620


*Reproduced from the main UNISON website

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