We are deeply saddened by the news that our friend and colleague, Phil Hanns, passed away on 28th October 2013. Phil had been vice-chair of NAWRA for many years and was much loved and respected by all of us. His passing leaves a huge gap on our executive committee and in all of our hearts.
Our thoughts and love are with his family, friends, colleagues and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.
NAWRA is proud to offer its support to the ‘Who Benefits?’ campaign.
Around 90 organisations, including Carers UK, MIND, Macmillan, the Children’s Society, rightsnet, Disability Rights UK, Shelter, Scope, CPAG and NAWRA, have joined forces to launch the ‘Who Benefits?’ campaign. It aims to focus public attention on the positive aspects of the welfare state and to counter the negative press that claimants have been receiving.
We all need support sometimes. Yet too often those who have been helped by benefits get ignored, misrepresented or at worst blamed for their situation.
But if the millions of us who have needed benefits share our stories – and those who haven’t express their support – then together we can change the debate.
Visit whobenefits.org.uk to share your experiences, offer your support and read how others have received essential help from the welfare state.
Our next meeting will be hosted by Neath Port Talbot Welfare Rights Service and will be held at The Gwyn Hall, Orchard Street, Neath, SA11 1DU on Friday 6th December 2013 from 9.30am until 4pm.
The agenda will be available here shortly.
In the evening after the meeting, you are invited to come along to the annual NAWRA Christmas Party! This costs £25 per person and includes a delicious 3 course meal followed by live music and entertainment until 2am! It will be a chance to relax with colleagues and make some new friends while celebrating the launch of Universal Credit (if Santa decides to bring that this year!). If you would like to come along please contact us.
You must be a member of NAWRA to attend the meeting. If you are not already a member please complete an application form.
We have also recently confirmed meetings in Sheffield (Feb 2014) and Stockton on Tees (June 2014). Full details of all scheduled meetings can be found on the meetings page.
Thanks to everyonewho came along to our meeting at Edinburgh’s City Chambers on 13 Sept, and to the City of Edinburgh Council for hosting us.
Minutes of the meeting and slides from the workshops are available in the members area.
NAWRA has responded to Dr Paul Litchfield’s call for evidence for the fourth independent review of the Work Capability Assessment.
You can read our submission here.
Thanks to all the NAWRA members who got in touch to contribute and to Eri (Ceredigion CAB) and Daphne (Bristol City Council) for collating the response.