It is with great sadness that we announce the death of long time NAWRA member, Jane Emerson.
Jane, who was just 56 years old, was a dedicated welfare rights worker who fought tirelessly for her clients and for wider rights issues, particularly around disability. She was a regular attendee at our conferences and will be greatly missed by all of us at NAWRA.
A tribute to Jane has also been published by Socialist Worker.
Thanks to everyone who came along to our meeting in Edinburgh on 8 September 2017. Notes from the meeting are available in the members area.
SNP MSP for Edinburgh Northern and Leith, Ben Macpherson, who attended the workshops, said:
“With the new Social Security Bill at Stage 1 in the Parliament, this is of course an especially significant time for the development of Social Security policy in Scotland. Conferences, like NAWRAs today, are playing an important role in that. Building a new Social Security Agency, built on the principles of dignity and respect, is a real opportunity to deliver the devolved benefits differently, compassionately and more effectively. I’m looking forward to playing my part in that as an MSP and a member of the Social Security Committee, and with everyone at today’s event.”
NAWRA has signed up to a campaign calling on MSPs to ensure the 2018/19 budget and Scottish Government spending plans include a top-up of child benefit by £5 per week.
Support the campaign
Our quarterly meetings are held around the UK and include keynote speakers, workshops and a range of networking and professional development opportunities.
Here are details of the next NAWRA meeting:
Date: Friday 8 September 2017
Time: 10am – 4pm (registration from 9.30am)
Location: City Chambers, 253 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1YJ
The meeting is kindly hosted by the City of Edinburgh Council.
Download the agenda here.
Earlier this year, NAWRA submitted evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee’s inquiry on Universal Credit.
In August 2017, the Committee ask for an update to our original submission.
Read our submission
Thanks to Daphne Hall (rightsnet) and all the members who contributed with comments.