General election news round-up from Prospect – May 2017

General election news round-up from Prospect – May 2017

A snapshot of Prospect’s policies, campaigning and events in the run-up to 8 June 


Quizzing the candidates

Prospect emailed industry and union questions to parliamentary candidates in the top 25 constituencies in the UK populated with our members.

You’ll find the questions, and answers received so far, here.  


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In the manifestos: civil service

Beyond differences on the pay cap, the main parties’ election manifestos are light on detail about the civil service. In his blog, deputy general secretary Garry Graham expresses disappointment and outlines what Prospect wants for our members.

In the manifestos: pensions

What are the main parties are saying about the triple lock, winter fuel allowance, state pension age, pension tax relief and protecting occupational pensions? Pensions officer Neil Walsh offers an overview.

Energy and the election

Innovation, skills and regulation are what matters to the energy sector, whoever wins the election. We need a long-term vision from the next government, says deputy general secretary Dai Hudd.

Conservative silence on nuclear

The Conservative party's failure to mention nuclear energy in its manifesto is worrying, says Prospect. In a blog, general secretary Mike Clancy highlights the perfect storm casting a shadow over the nuclear industry and calls on the next government to come up with a long-term strategy for new build and clean-up.

Investing in our cultural heritage

Britain routinely punches above its weight when it comes to heritage and the arts. Find out what the three main political parties have to say in a blog about their manifestos.

Electorate deserves better on education

Education journalist Warwick Mansell highlights questionable calculations in the Conservative manifesto on schools funding and the ability of grammar schools to offer social mobility, and wonders where the money will come from for improvements promised by the other parties.

Protect our EU migrants

Migrant scientists in Prospect came to London to hear immigration lawyer Nicola Braganza of Garden Court Chambers outline their rights as Brexit looms. Members explain their concerns in a new video and deputy general secretary Sue Ferns describes what the union is doing.  Organiser Jenny Andrew blogs about why politicians must act.


Picturehouse hardship fund

Members of Prospect’s BECTU sector employed by Picturehouse Cinemas, part of the Cineworld Group, have been taking strike action to campaign for the London Living Wage and the Living Wage for members outside London. Further strikes are planned but their hardship fund is running low and they would be grateful for any support you can give them. You can:

  • donate online
  • send a cheque, payable to BECTU (write ‘Picturehouse’ on the reverse) to General Secretary’s Office, Prospect, New Prospect House, 8 Leake Street, London SE1 7NN
  • or make a payment from your bank to: Bank: Unity Trust Bank; Account name: BECTU; Account number: 33045388; Sort Code: 60-83-01; Reference: Picturehouse Hardship Fund

Free PPI check for members

Payment Protection Insurance was designed to cover repayments on agreements such as loans, credit cards and mortgages but in many cases it was missold. Prospect Extra is partnering with Gladstone Brookes to raise awareness of the deadline for complaints (29 August 2019) and offer a free PPI check.

All Prospect members are entitled to a free PPI check. If you decide to claim with Gladstone Brookes, your fees are reduced to 17.5%+VAT (from 25%+VAT). More details on our website (* member log-in required).

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