The House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee recently contacted NAWRA asking for case studies which demonstrate some of the inflexibilities in the current 6 month rule for claimants with a terminal illness.
We have compiled the evidence in a letter to the chair, Frank Field.
Thanks to the members who contributed and Daphne Hall for drafting.
In early February, we wrote to the new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Amber Rudd. As we have not received a reply, we have written to her again.
Our original letter welcomed her to the post, summarised our main concerns about Universal Credit and made an offer to meet with her for further discussion.
All NAWRA members are welcome to attend our next meeting.
Date: Friday 1 March 2019
Time: 10am-4pm (registration from 9.30am)
Location: Salford Civic Centre, Chorley Road, Swinton, Salford, M27 5DA
Download the agenda
Our keynote speaker will be Lisa Scullion, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Salford. We will also be hearing from Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett and Catherine Connors of Salford City Council.
There will be participatory group workshops on right to reside and UC, mental health and UC, human rights and UC, and practical tips for welfare rights advisers giving debt advice.
Thanks to Salford City Council for hosting us.
NAWRA has submitted evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into ‘natural migration‘
Thanks to all the NAWRA members who sent case studies about the people who lose out when they transfer to universal credit and to Daphne Hall for drafting our response.
Read our submission.
The Work and Pensions Committee is conducting an inquiry into the current state of the UK’s welfare safety net, prompted by the evidence of debt, hunger and homelessness it has heard across several recent inquiries. The inquiry, launched when the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty made an investigative visit to the UK, will consider how effectively our welfare system works to protect against hardship and chronic deprivation.
NAWRA has submitted evidence and case studies on universal credit and the impact on EEA nationals. Thank you so much to everyone that sent in case studies on EEA nationals – we had an overwhelming response. Obviously we could not quote them all directly but we tried to get the key issues over using them as a base. We will keep all the case studies to hand should the Committee want to come back for further information.
NAWRA is also being represented by Elliot Kent of Shelter at the Work and Pensions Committee’s oral evidence session on 13 February 2019 which you will be able to view on https://parliamentlive.tv/Commons. Thank you very much to Elliot for both attending the Committee session and for his work in compiling the report.