NAWRA’s submission to Work and Pensions Committee Inquiry into the Welfare Safety Net

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.

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Happy new year!

All of us here at NAWRA would like to wish our members a peaceful and successful new year. We look forward to meeting many of you at our conferences this year.

Don’t forget that we are a member-led organisation, so please let us have any thoughts or suggestions that will help us to work more effectively on your behalf.

Best wishes, everyone!

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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 kelly@nawra.org.uk if you have any accessibility requirements and we’ll arrange workshop locations accordingly.

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