The Next Step in Our Journey. Our Merger with the Oddfellows
04.02.2021 by Jim Ker
Following regulatory approval, Kingston Unity joined with the Oddfellows on Monday, 1 February, as voted by our Delegates on Saturday, 14 November 2020. Therefore, from 1 February, Kingston Unity ceased to trade as an independent body and all existing KU member products transferred to the Oddfellows under their insurance arm, Unity Mutual.
While this will be a sad occasion for many of our members, the decision voted in by our Delegates and recommended by the Board truly has the best interests of our members at heart. The deep-rooted history and proud traditions of mutuality of the Oddfellows is something both societies share, and members will find a similar value placed on member representation that they found at Kingston Unity.
For over 200 years, the Oddfellows have helped their members forge friendships and offered help in times of need. To date, the Oddfellows have a network of 115 branches of which their 404,000 UK members can choose to be a part of. In addition, currently, around 41,500 members benefit from the range of social care and financial benefits that are available.*
The Oddfellows are very proud of their mutual status and long history of member support – a trait that we share at Kingston Unity and a key driver when selecting the Oddfellows as our merger partner. Many Oddfellows members cherish their traditional values that are upheld within their society and the traditional events and ceremonies that members are welcome to be part of.
Simple, flexible finances alongside mutual values
Unity Mutual is the financial services brand of the Oddfellows and offers a range of simple, flexible, and affordable financial products for its members and their families.
Unity Mutual bases its values on three key areas: supporting customers by designing savings and investment products that help them live the lives they aspire to, always acting with the customer’s best interests at heart, and supporting the communities that their customers are within. These three values underpin the Unity Mutual vision of a fairer financial mutual for all – an ethos echoed by their parent brand, the Oddfellows.
Unity Mutual offer a range of different financial products to meet the needs of its various members. These include their Lifetime ISA, Flexible ISA, Guaranteed Investment Bond, and various accessible tax-free savings options for young people. Terms and conditions apply to all Unity Mutual products. Please check www.unitymutual.co.uk for more details.
We’re still here to answer your questions
We are now closed for new business, but we will continue to manage the policies of our existing members. As the merger goes ahead, our offices will remain open for our existing members who have any questions about their products. Our phone lines and email contacts will remain the same and we’ll be happy to answer any queries that our members have with the same great services we have always delivered.
*Terms and conditions apply to all benefits. All the Oddfellows benefits are non-contractual and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Full details of member benefit terms and conditions are available here or call you can call 0800 028 1810 to learn more.