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.
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.
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.
Thanks to everyone who attended the NAWRA meeting in Neath earlier this month. The minutes of the meeting and notes from all the workshops are available in the members’ area.
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.
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 Becky Founds
You must be a member of NAWRA to attend the meeting. If you are not already a member please complete an application form.