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Hi everyone, We had a very informative talk on D&G Council’s “Trusted Trader Scheme” and also a run through the various ‘scams’ which are currently in operation – in particular those aimed at older persons. The speaker, Fiona Adrain, asked me to draw members attention to a survey which is being carried out to help the Council taylor its services to best meet the needs of local residents (see below). You can see the survey by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/consumerexperience Consumer Experience Survey Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Trading Standards team are conducting this survey as part of research aiming to ensure that our services are meeting the needs of consumers in the region. There are six questions about being a consumer and six about your general circumstances, to make sure we are hearing from consumers from all backgrounds and from all areas in D&G. The data collected will be used as part of a report submitted to the Trading Standards team. Can I also remind you that the next meeting will be on Thursday 21st February. This is the Retired Members Section AGM and I strongly encourage members to come along. We should have a speaker from the main UNISON Branch to give an insight into the major issues which are current for UNISON, at both the branch and national levels. We see this as a sort of “State of the Union Address”. It serves also to let the Retired Members meet one of the main Branch Officers. Lastly, we will be appointing the Retired Members Officers for 2019 at the meeting – and also Branch delegates to the National and Scottish Retired Members Conferences. Please let me know if you wish to make any nominations for these positions. Liam

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The introduction of Universal Credit has the potential to significantly impact on the jobs of UNISON members working in Housing Benefit & Welfare rights roles . The Bargaining and Campaigns team are keen to hear from members working in these areas about what has , or seems likely to change, in their job as a result.

Please could you ask any relevant members to get in touch with me – S.low2@unison.co.uk with anything they want to say about .

1.What changes there have been since Universal Credit has been rolled out?
2. How much the shambles that the roll out has been has made or stopped things happening.
3. What changes do they see in their job happening longer term as a result of UC ?

Many thanks

Stephen Low
Policy Officer
UNISON Scotland
Tel: 0141 342 2811/ 0795 685 2822