Friday 16th April 2021
For immediate release
UNISON wins U-turn at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust over parking charges
All NHS staff who paid to park or received parking penalties while at work at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust will receive refunds, following a challenge by UNISON.
In March 2020, the Department for Health and Social Care informed all health trusts that they would receive immediate financial backing to provide free parking. But on 1 September, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust reimposed charges for its staff.
Challenging the move, UNISON said the parking fees were an unfair levy on hardworking staff, who were paying up to £60 per month.
The union says that some could receive as much as £420, backdated to last September.
UNISON London regional organiser Debbie Eakins said: “We’re really pleased that the Trust has listened to us and agreed to refund this money.
“NHS staff have given their all during this pandemic, this will make a big difference and staff will appreciate the extra cash in their pockets.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.
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