NAWRA meeting in Durham on 7 December 2018

All members are invited to attend the NAWRA conference next month.  Not a NAWRA member?  Find out about joining.

Date: Friday 7 December 2018
Time: 10am-4pm (registration from 9.30am)
Location: Durham Town Hall, Market Place, Durham DH1 3NJ

Our guest speaker will be Laura Pidcock MP, shadow minister with responsibility for employment rights, minimum and living wage legislation, trade unions, employment practices and the gig economy.

We will also hear about CPAG’s Early Warning System and there will be an opportunity to attend participatory workshops on mandatory reconsideration, digital campaigning, UC managed migration, and representing at First tier Tribunal.

Read the full agenda with information about speakers, workshops, travel, location and social evenings.

Unfortunately, Durham Town Hall is not a fully accessible venue. Please contact me at if you have any accessibility requirements and we’ll arrange workshop locations accordingly.

NAWRA meets quarterly at venues around the country. Dates and location of future meetings.


Universal credit and deduction for debt – our submission to the work and pensions committee

We’ve submitted evidence to the work and pensions committee on universal credit and deduction for debt.

The submission summarisies the key issues raised by members and lists some recommendations to improve the system.

Thanks to delegates at last week’s NAWRA conference in Glasgow for their contributions and to Daphne Hall for drafting the submission.

Read our submission.


NAWRA conference in Glasgow

Our next conference will take place from 10am-4pm (registration from 9.30am) on Friday 7 September 2018 at the Renfield St Stephen’s Centre, 260 Bath St, Glasgow G2 4JP.  Many thanks to Glasgow City Council for hosting us.

We are pleased to announce that our guest speakers will be the newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, Shirley-Anne Somerville and the chief executive of the Social Security Agency, David Wallace.

Also speaking is Dr Sharon Wright of Glasgow University, co-author of ‘A hand up or a slap down? Criminalising benefit claimants in Britain via strategies of surveillance, sanctions and deterrence’

There will be two workshops on universal credit (one on deductions and the other on pitfalls and processes) as well as a workshop on practical equality rights in welfare benefits advice and another on ESA Reg 35.

Download the agenda

NAWRA meetings are only open to members. Find out more about joining NAWRA.


Our submission to the SSAC consultation on managed migration to UC

The Social Security Advisory Committee recently ran a consultation on government proposals for moving claimants to universal credit from other working age benefits, known as ‘managed migration’.

Thanks to all the NAWRA members who contributed to our survey of members views and to Daphne for drafting our submission.

NAWRA has been invited to a DWP meeting about managed migration in October 2018 where we will have another opportunity to make members voices heard.