NAWRA in Coventry

Our next conference will be held on Friday 1st December 2017 at The Council House, Earl Street, Coventry CV1 5RR.

The day will include the usual heady mix of speakers, workshops and lively discussion.

Remember that it’s free for members to attend!  So if your organisation is a NAWRA member, you can come along at no additional charge!

Sessions include:

  • Universal Credit and disability
  • Current issues with ESA
  • Migrant workers rights and challenges
  • What does the future hold for welfare rights advice?

Download the agenda here.

For people arriving on Thursday evening, an area has been reserved at Drapers Bar and Kitchen from 6.30pm.  The bar is next to the Council House and will serve food and drinks throughout the evening.  Just ask for ‘NAWRA’ when you arrive!


Letter to Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on major problems within the operation of universal credit – failure by DWP to act within the legislation

NAWRA has written to David Gauke MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to highlight three major problems within universal credit. These are not policy issues but operational issues where the legislative processes within universal credit are not being correctly followed and are causing extreme hardship.

  • claimants naturally migrating from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • waiting days incorrectly applied
  • failure to allow a third party to submit a DS1500 (confirmation of terminal illness

Read our letter

Update 30 Nov 2017: We have received a reply from Neil Couling, Director General of the UC programme.  Read the reply.


Universal Credit: A flawed system

NAWRA member, Richard Machin from Staffordshire University, has written an excellent piece for online journal ‘The Conversation’ entitled “A welfare adviser’s view on Universal Credit: a flawed system that emphasises process over people.”

Richard highlights myriad problems with the rollout of Universal Credit and highlights NAWRAs position on implict consent.  Richard concludes his article by saying:

Benefit advisers have long called for changes to the benefit system to make it easier to understand and access for claimants. The whole point of Universal Credit is to provide a more streamlined and coherent system. The widely reported problems with the rollout of Universal Credit demonstrate that there is still much work to be done to improve a system that too often emphasises process over people.

You can read the full article here.


Challenge Poverty Week

NAWRA is proud to support Challenge Poverty Week in Scotland.

The main aims of the week, which runs from 15-21 October 2017, are to:

  • Highlight the reality of poverty and challenge the stereotypes that about exist about it;
  • Demonstrate what is being done across Scotland to address poverty
  • Increase public support for more action to solve poverty

You can find out more by visiting the Poverty Alliance.