Membership benefits (https://www.pcs.org.uk/who-we-are/membership-benefits)
PCS Plus (https://www.pcsplus.co.uk/a_/) gives you access to a wide range of benefits, fantastic savings and things to do in your spare time.
There is also a free will service (https://wills.bbhlegal.co.uk/kbxhtml/KBXWEB.aspx?ST=THWS&SC=Start&KBXP1=PB&KBXP2=PC). If you are based in Scotland, contact Thompsons Solicitors by phoning 0141 473 4754, or in Northern Ireland, you can apply by completing the PDF form (http://www.thompsonssolicitors-ni.com/media/1036/thompsons-will-questionnaire.pdf).
You can also access the PCS Credit Union. (https://www.1stclasscu.co.uk/)
After being a PCS member for six months you are eligible for a death in-service benefit of £1,773.60. You can nominate one or more beneficiaries by logging into your membership account (https://pcsunion.force.com/pcsdigital/s/login/?language=en_US).
We have negotiated a health cash plan with BHSF where you pay a monthly premium and can then claim cash back on dental, optical and therapy treatments. Visit their website for more details (https://online.bhsf.co.uk/apply/pcs-civil-service-benefits_bfu). You can also register with Vision Express (https://corporate.visionexpress.com/pcs/?utm_source=corporate&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=PCS%20Union) for a free eye test and other discounts. Enter PCS as the cost centre.
Personal and domestic legal helpline
Call free on 0800 916 9066 for legal advice on any matter apart from employment or personal injury. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. You can get advice about any legal matter and your spouse, partner and dependent children can also use the helpline.
You are entitled to a no obligation complimentary consultation with Lighthouse Financial Advice (http://www.lighthousegroup.plc.uk/affinity/pcs). To arrange your initial consultation contact firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) or phone 08000 858 590.
Free debt advice
You are entitled to free confidential advice on debt from PayPlan. PayPlan offers comprehensive guidance on a wide range of practical, long term debt solutions. Contact PayPlan on 0800 716239 and quote PCS or visit the Payplan website (http://www.payplan.com/pcs).
Stress counselling and health advice
The Health Assured telephone helpline 0161 836 9383 is available 24-hours a day, is confidential, independent and provides counselling and emotional support on family issues, bereavement, trauma, back to work and Covid-19 anxiety, relationship issues and stress-related conditions and access to an online health and wellbeing portal (http://www.healthassuredeap.com/) which provides well-being resources, including four-week programmes, videos and webinars and access to online counselling. To receive the user name and password email firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com?subject=Counselling%20Support&body=Please%20send%20me%20the%20user%20name%20and%20password%20for%20the%20online%20health%20and%20wellbeing%20portal.)
Breast cancer care 0808 800 6000
Domestic violence 0808 2000 247
Ordinary and associate members can apply to the benevolent fund after 6 months of continuous membership to assist with financial hardship.
Applications are considered on an individual basis and reviewed weekly. Awards up to £500 are available to those in acute financial difficulty but cannot be used for the following:
- Personal debt (credit cards, loans, etc)
- Medical fees
- Education and legal costs
- Strike action.
To request an application form, email firstname.lastname@example.org (mailto:email@example.com) and put "Benevolent fund application" in the subject line. Please allow a maximum of 10 working days for a response.
PCS has arranged exclusively priced conveyancing for all freehold properties through solicitors BBH Legal Services Ltd (http://www.bbhlegal.co.uk/services/purchasing-your-home), a wholly owned subsidiary of Thompsons Solicitors LLP (https://www.thompsonstradeunion.law/services/more-legal-services/conveyancing), with offices in most major cities in England, Scotland and Wales.
For more details in England and Wales call 0151 326 2152, and don't forget to mention you are a PCS member. In Scotland call 0800 089 1331.