IB to ESA migration – NAWRA’s report to the Public Accounts Committee

NAWRA has submitted a response to the Public Accounts Committee inquiry into the errors made when incapacity benefit claimants who were migrated over to contributory ESA (cESA) were not assessed for income-related ESA (irESA).

A big thank you to all those who took the time to respond to the survey in the very short timescale allowed.

NAWRA has also been invited to give oral evidence to the Committee on Monday 21 May.


Challenging discrimination in welfare benefits

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.


Social insecurity: a new consensus is needed to return security to the system

NAWRA member Sarah Batty has contributed to the Social Policy Association’s 50th anniversary blog series with a piece about the workshops facilitated by Dr Michael Orton of Warwick University at NAWRA meetings in 2016 and 2017 on the topic of ‘Putting the security back into social security’.

The aim was to use consensus-building to identify key short to medium-term actions to return security to the benefits system.

Read the blog.


First edition of NAWRA News

First edition of NAWRA news now out – find out how DWP will be contacting claimants who have been underpaid ESA and advice on how to challenge decisions where the DWP have restricted backdating.

NAWRA has been campaigning on this issue for some time and the National Audit Office has recently confirmed that the DWP first knew about the error at least as early as 2013 but have done nothing about it till now, NAWRA will be campaigning further to ensure that claimants do not miss out on backdated money that they are entitled to. Watch this space!

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