Solo &  family benefits

Every life stage brings its own rewards and challenges, and our benefit scheme ensures that you’re getting the help you need to make things a little easier. Whether you’ve just had a child, are recovering from a loss or illness, or are seeking support for a disability, we can help.

Child benefit scheme

Our members' children represent the future, and we aim to support them on their journey into adulthood. If your children are under the age of 16, you can register them with us. They will then receive birthday cards and gift vouchers at key stages of their childhood, such as when they first start school. We also celebrate your child with a £50 ‘baby bonus’ payment for parents.

The small print
• For a few people, rules apply regarding eligibility of children born or adopted before 2013 (it depends on your industry). Our advisors will be able to let you know if this applies to you.
• To receive the ‘baby bonus’ you must have been a member of Community for at least 12 months prior to your child's birth or adoption date.

How to apply:
• To register a child under the Child Benefit Scheme, download and complete an application form.
• Alternatively, you can ask your workplace rep for an application form, or call the Service Centre on 0800 389 6332.

NLBD benefits

Applying for benefits and appealing against decisions can often be complicated and confusing.

Community is proud to affiliate with a number of disability organisations, including Disability Alliance. As a result, our NLBD members are able to access the Disability Alliance membership service, which supports members with complex benefits enquiries.

For advice and assistance, you can contact Disability Alliance directly; either by phoning 020 7247 9342 or emailing jflynn@disabilityalliance.org. (Office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10.30 am – 1pm and 2pm – 5.30pm.

Convalescence benefit

If you’ve recently experienced a serious illness or work-related injury, you may well be in need of some rest and recuperation. We partner with two historic convalescent homes to provide you with a free fortnight in beautiful surroundings; with full board and expenses paid. You can even take a partner with you!

The small print
• If members take a partner, the stay is reduced to 1 week.
• The convalescent homes do not have nursing facilities; so you need to be able to care for yourself.
• Applications must be signed off by a doctor.
• Members can visit Railway Convalescent Home in Devon or Blair Castle in Fife, depending on locality and season.

How to apply:
• To apply for a convalescent stay, call the Service Centre on 0800 389 6332, or email servicecentre@community-tu.org.

Bereavement benefit

Sadly, a time of loss can also be a time of financial hardship. Community’s Bereavement Benefit exists to offer a helping hand at a difficult time for your next of kin. For long standing members, the benefit can be worth up to £1,580 (after 25 years of membership).

The small print
• Working members accrue £200 each year for the first six years of membership, and £20 a year thereafter.
• After retirement, the benefit continues to accrue at £20 per annum and remains available for as long as you remain a member.
• Unfortunately if you discontinue your membership, the benefit is lost.
• A non-working member at joining will be entitled to a £200.00 flat rate after a year.
• If you become unemployed during your membership, you will continue to accrue £20.00 each year, providing you remain a non-working member. When you return to work, you will continue to accrue your Bereavement Benefit at the normal rate.
• This benefit is subject to any special rules which may apply to members who have transferred to Community from other unions.
• This benefit is subject to change at the discretion of the National Executive Committee.

How to apply for your Bereavement Benefit funds
An application form can be downloaded here. Alternatively, you can ask a workplace rep for an application form, or call the Service Centre on 0800 389 6332.