Our national Chair, Alan Markey, has recently had an article published in ‘Adviser’ magazine. In the article Alan offers his take on how the social security landscape has changed, on increasing conditionality and a hostile environment for claimants, and highlights the increasing importance of advisers in the fight against poverty.
If you don’t have a copy of the magazine, you can read his article on the Medium website.
NAWRA has submitted a detailed response to the recent consultation on ‘Improving Disability Assistance in Scotland’.
In time Disability Assistance will replace Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and Attendance Allowance as per devolved powers covered in Section 31 of Social Security Act (Scotland) 2018.
The points covered in our submission include:
- It is welcomed from Scottish Government that Disability Assistance will be paid to aged 18 but we would extend this further for children and extend to aged 19 or end of non-advanced education, especially if already in payment through PIP
- 50 metre test for mobility
- Minimum assessments and only when required and should always be people centered
- Introduction of safeguarding
- Increase in independent advice provision as in accordance with our social security bill and charter
Our NAWRA rep in Scotland, Craig Samuel, said:
“At NAWRA we welcome a more inclusive and generous approach by Scottish Government and, in line with our charter, an increase in advice provision and kindness. But we still have a lot of hurdles to overcome before we can relax.
We must get payments made as quickly as possible to ensure we give the best opportunity of success to people living in Scotland; to reduce poverty levels, reduce isolation and reduce adverse childhood experiences.
We must also keep open all our channels of dialogue especially when we are relying on a safe and secure transfer from London. On behalf of NAWRA, I look forward to participating in future developments and hearing from our Cabinet Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville as our key note speaker on 13th September when we have our annual Scottish conference in Edinburgh.”
Amber Rudd and Neil Couling have told the Work and Pensions Committee that the DWP will pay compensation to claimants who have been misadvised, by the DWP, to claim universal credit and have lost out as a result.
Giving evidence to the Work and Pensions Committee, Amber Rudd and Neil Couling were questioned about the evidence that Jobcentres were misadvising claimants to move on to universal credit. This was as a direct result of evidence provided by NAWRA in our written response and in our oral evidence.
You can watch the evidence being put to Ms Rudd and Mr Couling, and their responses, here.
We are so proud, and this is for each and every one of our fantastic members.
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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!