We’re coming to Stockton on Tees!

Our next meeting will be in Stockton on Tees on Friday 13th June 2014. The agenda is available now. As always, it will be a heady mix of lively speakers, interactive workshops and plenty of opportunity for networking and sharing ideas with colleagues from around the UK.

If that sounds good, and you aren’t already a member, then why not join us now? It’s definitely worth the membership fee as, once you’ve joined, attendance at the meetings is completely free! Now that is value for money.

So put Stockton in your diary and we’ll see you there!


NAWRA Scotland regional meeting

*Please note that this meeting has been postponed. A new date and venue will be notified as soon as possible. Apologies to anyone who was planning to travel.*

NAWRA’s rep for Scotland, Tom Lamb at Dundee North Law Centre, has arranged  a meeting for Scottish NAWRA members.  It will take place at Port of Leith Housing Association in Edinburgh at 1.30pm on 1 May 2014.  For more information and to book a place, email Tom.


Notes from Sheffield meeting

Thanks to everyone who attended our meeting in Sheffield last week.  All the workshop notes and presentations from the meeting are now available here.

Our next meeting will be in Stockton on Tees on Friday 13th June 2014. See you there!


Annual report

Our annual report, approved by the AGM at Sheffield on 28th February 2014, includes highlights from the year, our recent policy work and information about the committee. It can be downloaded here.

The AGM also approved our finance report. Those interested in the numbers can download the figures here.


NAWRA in The Guardian

A quote from our recent paper on the use of benefits sanctions has been reported in today’s edition of ‘The Guardian’ newspaper.

In our response to the Oakley independent review of Jobseeker’s Allowance sanctions, we concluded that:

“As a result of the above claimants are experiencing extreme hardship through no fault of their own. NAWRA members report claimants having to use foodbanks, being unable to top up gas or electricity meters, and falling into rent arrears in some cases leading to eviction. Claimants in this level of hardship are in no position to find or maintain work. There is no money for bus fares and maybe even no hot water to get washed. By far the majority of those claimants sanctioned want to find employment but the application of sanctions is actually making it harder to for them to achieve this.”

Our complete, eight page, report can be downloaded from our ‘new resources’ page. The Guardian story can be found here.