Compensation payments – To help if you should lose your Shift Disturbance Allowance payments or Annualise Hours Allowances (AHA). If you are unable to work for more that 60 days in the course of a rolling year, your shift disturbance payments or AHA may be reduced or stopped altogether. Subject to a twelve month maximum period, £42 per week is payable after any such loss. To enquire about this benefit contact ISU HQ on 01255 553039 (Terms and conditions apply). For those members who wish to claim, please use Shift Pay Form
Personal Accident Cover- The ISU provides £63 per week to cover the loss of earnings as a result of absence from work through injury sustained by accident. Subject to a 12 month maximum period (Terms and Conditions Apply). For those members who wish to make a claim please use Personal accident claim form
Death Benefit- The benefit of £3000 is payable to a a nominated person if the fully paid up member’s death occurs during his/her employment. Please use an ISU Death in Service Benefit nomination form. A copy of the rules which govern this benefit can be found here.
Free Legal Advice
Initial legal advice on any topic at all is available to members free of charge through Simpson Millar LLP. This is a phone line service with a dedicated ISU line on 0808 129 3316. Depending on the nature of the advice sought a solicitor may need to ring you back, but advice on any topic can be sought and provided.
Personal Injury Claims
Arising from the free legal advice line Simpson Millar do offer a personal injury claims service to ISU members with a qualifying claim on a “no win no fee” basis. Simpson Millar are very successful in this type of work and a large number of ISU members have benefited from their expertise in recent years. Sadly both Scotland and Northern Ireland prohibit “No win no fee” type claims and so this service is not available in those locations. However the optional additional Group Assurance scheme will provide free legal cover for those areas.
Free Will Service
The ISU does still offer a free will service, again through Simpson Millar. The scope of this is somewhat limited now as changes in law mean that a free will service can only be offered where there is no liability for inheritance tax. This is not the case for the vast majority of members. Again Scotland and Northern Ireland have laws which prohibit free will schemes altogether; these services would be covered by the Group Assurance Scheme. Please contact ISU HQ if you wish to apply for the free will service.
Conveyancing, Clinical negligence, Family law etc.
Simpson Millar offer a discounted rate of their normal fees to ISU members on a wide range of legal services. For full details please contact either ISU HQ or Lucy Moreton.
Insurance – Included in your subscription is death benefit, payable to a nominated person. Accidental death or disablement benefits are provided if you are unable to work as a result of an accident (a qualifying period and other conditions apply). Contact ISU HQ for details.