The organisation takes root when the National Association of Local Government Officers (NALGO) introduces a Benevolent and Orphans fund for members, and then a Provident Society in 1914 to provide sickness benefits and life assurance. The name is changed to 'The National and Local Government Officers' Mutual Insurance Association, Limited'.
NALGO merges with the National Poor Law Officers Association. The latter had already launched the Local Government Mutual Insurance Association (known as Logomia) in 1890. By 1930 Logomia has a share capital of circa £100,000 with all shares held by members.
The name of the union is changed to 'National & Local Government Officers Association'. Logomia remains as the insurance division of the Association.
Logomia becomes the NALGO Insurance Association Ltd. In the early 1980s, the name is simplified to NIA.
NALGO merges with NUPE and COHSE to form UNISON. Although all three unions have their own insurance providers, NIA wins the right to provide insurance to all the members of the newly formed union. NIA is renamed 'UIA (Insurance) Ltd.'
By Paul Green