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Dear Member,

Why not make your money work harder by taking advantage of some of the latest offers available to you via UCU Plus.

From the latest offers on insurance and credit cards, through to mortgage and retirement planning we strive to help make your money go further.

In this edition:-
• CUSN provides more financial advice than ever before
• Free retirement planning DVD for every member
• Home and car insurance from Norwich Union
• See what extra benefits you could receive with Endsleigh
• UCU credit card brings useful benefits

CUSN provides more advice than ever before

There has been yet another increase in the amount of calls to the College and University Support Network’s (CUSN’s) phone line. In its recently released Quarterly Report, the charity reported that it had received 717 calls between July and September in comparison to 338 during the same period in 2007.

Although CUSN says it was expecting a slight drop in service usage during the summer break, the figures actually saw an increase; up from 577 in the previous quarter. The top category remained ‘Working Conditions’, representing 35.6 per cent of all calls. 50 per cent of all ‘Working Conditions’ calls concerned ‘Legal Issues’ (including allegations, redundancy and discrimination).

The credit crunch also seems to be taking its toll with calls asking for money advice or financial assistance now representing 20.9 per cent of all calls.

CUSN is the national charity dedicated to improving the wellbeing of all those working in adult, further and higher education. The charity’s online and telephone services are free, confidential and available 24/7. To access CUSN services or to order promotional materials please call 08000 329 952 or go to www.cusn.info

Retirement Planning DVD available
for every member

Are you confused about your retirement options? Would you like to know more about retirement planning? Endsleigh Financial Independent Tailoring have the answer.

The Retirement Planning DVD, produced in association with UCU, provides you with essential information about retirement planning and your pension scheme. Presenter, Barron De Rose, guides you through the retirement planning options in a simple and engaging manner.

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All you have to do is simply select the topic that applies to your situation. If you do not fully understand the subject matter first time around, simply pause and review the section again!

Pauline Wardleworth, Endsleigh’s UCU Co-ordinator stated:

“Wow! I think Barron’s DVD is excellent.
The ‘pace’ is just right and he explains everything clearly and simply…I found it particularly informative from a personal standpoint of someone who thinks about their pension on a fairly frequent basis these days!”

Whether you are soon to retire, wish to plan for early retirement or simply want to ensure that you are making the right retirement planning choices, the DVD will help you understand the issues you should consider when planning for a relaxing retirement.

The DVD offers material useful for any UCU member. Order your FREE DVD now simply email Barron.de-Rose@endsleigh.co.uk, with your full name, home address and contact details.

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Home & Car Insurance
from Norwich Union

10% discount if you take our both our home and motor insurance. Education professionals are less likely to make claims than those in many other jobs. That's why Norwich Union has created insurance just for you. Their cover has been specifically designed to suit the day-to-day lifestyle of education professionals. For example, with motor insurance, all repairs carried out by their approved repairer network are guaranteed for three years. Does your current insurer provide this level of cover as standard?

Call Norwich Union free on 0800 0466 389 for a competitive quote today. Calls may be recorded and/or monitored.

FREE Annual Travel Insurance with Endsleigh.

As a thank you to existing customers, Endsleigh are offering existing UCU home customers, free annual comprehensive travel insurance when they purchase car insurance before 28/02/2009. The offer is available to existing Endsleigh home customers only and those under 74, with no pre-existing medical conditions. Simply call Endsleigh now on 0800 141 2730 and they will sort the rest for you.

Terms and conditions apply; click here for more information

Strengthen your finances with the UCU MasterCard


To apply for a UCU MasterCard, call 08000 322 036 or click here

Endsleigh Car insurance for UCU members, Up to 15% discount. Receive up to 76% no claims discount, Replacement car included*, Free European car insurance for 90 days,Uninsured loss recovery and legal expenses Get a quote Free for UCU Members FREE Personal belongings insurance Click here FREE Personal injury insurance  Click here FREE Malicious damage to vehicles  Click here FREE Accident aid compensation scheme  Click here

Save money every month on your life insurance!

Everybody is trying to lower their monthly outgoings with savings on essential life insurance policies. Endsleigh Financial make this easy for you by comparing the whole market of underwriters to quote you the best premium. We appreciate what an important area of financial planning this is for you and are therefore willing to provide expert qualified advice on life insurance, free of charge!

Please click here to compare your life insurance

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Are your insurances up for renewal?

If so check out our UCU preferred insurance suppliers for great discounts and extended cover benefits on car, home or other insurances.

or call: 08000 283 571

Norwich Union
or call: 0800 01 01 99

Need a better deal
on your credit card?

See if you could benefit from the great transfer and purchase rates from the UCU MasterCard

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or call: 08000 322 036


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