Oxford stands with Manchester

After last night's appalling events at the Manchester Arena Oxford City Council have lowered the flag to half mast over Town Hall Oxford.

If you would like to sign a book of condolences, Manchester City Council have created an online book of condolences.

A despicable act designed to cause maximum pain’‘Hatred will never triumph,’ says Dave Prentis in response to last night's Manchester Arena atrocity Responding to the terror attack at Manchester Arena, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:

“This was a despicable act designed to cause maximum pain and suffering. It’s barbaric beyond words that this happened at a concert attended by so many children and young people.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected including the wounded, those searching for loved ones, and those grieving a terrible loss.

“We also pay tribute to those public servants involved – their response was incredible. Many worked through the night to save lives or rushed into work to help when news …

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UNISON There for You: School Uniform Grant 2017
If you have children in full time education, you may be eligible to receive a school uniform grant from UNISON’s charity There for You.  To be considered, you must either be:
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