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.
NAWRA is a member of the Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform (SCoWR).
Ahead of further Stage 2 consideration of amendments to the Social Security (Scotland) Bill on 22 February 2018, SCoWR produced a further briefing note for MSPs. This note focuses on amendments in Part 2, Chapter 2 onwards.
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.
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.