Are you making the most of your membership?
With inflation still rising, goods and services continue to increase in price. According to the Bank of England, however, they expect this rise to slow down in 2023 and be around 2% in 2024.
But don’t be fooled into thinking the crisis is over. Slowing down the rate of inflation to 2% doesn’t mean prices will go down. It simply means prices will be 2% higher (on average) than they were a year ago.
So, we must continue to do everything we can to support you through what’s going to be another difficult year.
We worked hard on pay and reward in 2022 to put money in members’ pockets when they need it most, including a further pro-rated ex-gratia payment of £500 for all colleagues in grades A-D that was paid in December.
But there’s more to do and we’ll get down to pay 2024 discussions later this year. In the meantime, we wanted to remind you of some of the other benefits available to you through your Accord membership.
We haven’t put our membership fees up since April 2019 and they will stay the same throughout 2023. We’re absorbing the impacts of increasing running costs through careful management of our finances without passing them on to you. It’s the right thing to do in these difficult times.
Here’s a reminder of some of the extra benefits that can help you save money and are free to access as part of your Accord membership. These are:
Private healthcare cashback
One of our most popular benefits - Accord members whose employer provides private healthcare, regardless of grade, can claim 50% of the excess on their policy. For most of our members that's £75 cashback in any rolling 12 months’ period. Full terms apply.
Accord travel club
The Accord travel club is operated by Benchmark Travel, no other travel company has the same incentive to offer you the exclusive member discounts and levels of service that we do. It's a free member benefit as part of your membership with Accord members. What's more, your family can use this service, and you can even share discounts with your friends if you're travelling with them.
Learn about the benefits of the Accord Travel Club, including who can use this service, what the travel club can do for you and how they can save you money on your perfect getaway.
Experts you can trust, on hand when you need them. All union members and immediate families are entitled to use this service. The advice is completely confidential, free and easily accessible.
Learn more about the legal services that Accord offers, including the details you need to use these services. We use three leading legal providers across the UK - Slater & Gordon in England & Wales, Dallas McMillan in Scotland, and Francis Hanna & Co in Northern Ireland.
Members can benefit from a free online Will writing service as well as discounts and expert legal advice on more complex Wills.
Learn more about the will writing services, including the details you need to access this service and the contacts for the legal provider in your area of the country.
Paid too much tax, had an unexpected bill from HMRC and want to make sure it's right, or don't understand benefit in kind tax? You can call the free 'Tax Matters' helpline. It's a confidential service for Accord members and their immediate families. Similar advice would cost between £150-£200 per hour if independently sought but provided to members for free by our provider WMT.
Learn more about the tax services that Accord offers its members, they can help you with more than you might think. Check out the service page below which includes further details.
Taking out a mortgage, life insurance, critical illness or income protection policy and fancy some extra cash? Our brokers can find you competitively priced policies and the best bit... they'll give you back a lump sum as cashback. The average pay outs are: £430 for insurance, £870 for equity release, £500 for mortgage reviews. The commission cashback scheme is provided by two brokers: Lifelink and K&M Financial Advisors Ltd.
Learn more about the products that are available through our brokers and the contact details you'll need to help you save money.
Lifelong learning fund
The Lifelong Learning Fund provides support to members who want to learn new skills, from flower arranging to a master’s degree – you can apply for a grant whatever you fancy doing on your self-development journey. The fund will provide grants of up to 50% of the cost of courses and training materials, up to a maximum of £500. Terms apply.
Learn more about the learning fund and how to submit an application.
Join the Accord subscription draw by logging into your Accord profile and updating your payment subscription to include tickets in the draw. Every month the Subscription draw makes a lucky jackpot winner £5,000 better off. Runners up each get £250. But you’ve got to be in it to win it!
Learn more about the subscription draw including further details on the prizes, quotes from past winners, and all the important details you need to sign-up or change your entries in the draw.
Not a member?
If you're not already a member, you need to join Accord to take advantage of these benefits. Minimum membership periods apply to benefits such as the Lifelong Learning Fund and the Private Healthcare Cashback scheme, check the terms and conditions of these benefits for more details. Other benefits like the Accord Travel Club and will writing service apply from the beginning of your membership. So, what are you waiting for, join us today.Join us online now