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!

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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.

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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.

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NAWRA is coming to Sheffield!

Don’t forget that our next meeting will be held on Friday 28th February 2014 at Quaker House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW.

Information about the meeting is available now.

We now have a full programme of meetings for 2014 – further details can be found via the ‘meetings’ tab or by accessing the ‘events’ section.

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Happy Christmas!

NAWRA would like to wish all our members and supporters a very happy Christmas and a successful 2014. Don’t forget that we already have a full programme of events scheduled for the new year and we hope that you will be able to join us for some, or all, of them.

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