Amber Rudd and Neil Couling have told the Work and Pensions Committee that the DWP will pay compensation to claimants who have been misadvised, by the DWP, to claim universal credit and have lost out as a result.
Giving evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee, Amber Rudd and Neil Couling were questioned about the evidence that Jobcentres were misadvising claimants to move on to universal credit. This was as a direct result of evidence provided by NAWRA in our written response and in our oral evidence.
You can watch the evidence being put to Ms Rudd and Mr Couling, and their responses, here.
NAWRA would like to pay tribute to Mike Shermer, former committee member for the East of England region, who passed away peacefully on 17 May 2018, aged 74 years.
Mike was one of the original members of the NAWRA committee and demonstrated a commitment to the organisation throughout his time with us. Mike was a dedicated welfare rights adviser with Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council and had also served as a Town Councillor for March in the Isle of Ely area of Cambridgeshire. Following his retirement, Mike still kept in touch with welfare rights matters and he is sadly missed by all of us at NAWRA.
NAWRA would like to pass on condolences to Mike’s wife, Jeanette, and to all the Shermer family.
The Equality and Diversity Forum have launched an online handbook to help advisers, and advice services more widely, to identify and challenge potential discrimination within the benefits system.
The handbook includes a range of tools and practical help to make it easier for advisers to recognise discrimination issues and to help services to build equality rights into advice delivery. It is an essential resource for everyone working in welfare rights.
Currently in beta form, the handbook can be accessed and downloaded at www.edf.org.uk/practicalequality. The full version will be released within the next few weeks.