PCS has a growing number of ULRs and supporting their work is an important issue for the union. This guidance therefore aims to clarify the sources of funding for the activity of PCS union learning representatives.
The finance committee on 27 August confirmed that ULR activity outside the branch will now be funded only from the union centrally.
This page provides more detailed guidance as to how branches and ULRs can access financial support.
Branches may pay travel and subsistence for ULR activity which takes place within the branch. This means activity which is conducted on behalf of the branch.
This could include activity that takes place outside of the geographical area of the branch - for example:
The key criterion is that the activity is done on behalf of the branch.
Obviously learning reps must seek approval from the relevant branch officer before incurring any expenses.
Branches should take such expenditure into account when submitting bids for funding.
Regional learning services officers (RLSOs) (in some regions referred to as regional learning organisers) hold a limited budget as part of their regional training account to meet costs arising from ULR activity within their region.
Please note that ULRs must seek approval from the RLSO before incurring such expenses
Below are some examples of work which is now funded from PCS regional offices:
Activity such as general networking meetings with ULRs from other unions within the locality (such as those called by the regional Unionlearn development workers or Scottish Union Learn) is now funded through the regional learning services officer in the PCS regional office.
Travel and subsistence for training for ULRs (as is always the case with any training) will be met by the regional learning services officer.
Most PCS regional learning services officers arrange annual networking meetings or forums for ULRs in their regions. Some RLSOs will hold smaller networking meetings for ULRs in particular counties/groupings of counties instead. The RLSO will meet travel and subsistence for such meetings.
ULRs and branch learning coordinators may be invited to meetings called by the group – for example regional meetings of ULRs or branch learning coordinators within particular groups.
Groups should in principle meet any travel and subsistence for such activity. Groups should consider what activity they wish to support and include the costs in their annual funding bid.
However there is limited ULF money available to support such group activity. This money is limited to the life of the project (which ends in March 2010).
Groups may apply (via their bargaining unit learning officer) to the ULF project if they wish to call on ULF funds towards the cost of such meetings.
Groups should be prepared to meet the cost in Scotland as the Scottish union learning fund does not cover this activity.
If you have any queries, please contact the regional learning services officer/organiser in your region.
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