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.
Excellent article in ‘The Guardian’ on 2nd January 2018, highlighting injustice in the social security system, delays and obstructions in the appeals system and the impact on individuals.
As welfare rights advisers, these are all issues we are all too familiar with and the article will hopefully highlight these to a wider audience. NAWRA also gets a mention, in the context of ‘advice deserts’ and the need for comprehensive welfare rights advice for communities.
You can read the article online.
Our next conference will be held on Friday 1st December 2017 at The Council House, Earl Street, Coventry CV1 5RR.
The day will include the usual heady mix of speakers, workshops and lively discussion.
Remember that it’s free for members to attend! So if your organisation is a NAWRA member, you can come along at no additional charge!
- Universal Credit and disability
- Current issues with ESA
- Migrant workers rights and challenges
- What does the future hold for welfare rights advice?
Download the agenda here.
For people arriving on Thursday evening, an area has been reserved at Drapers Bar and Kitchen from 6.30pm. The bar is next to the Council House and will serve food and drinks throughout the evening. Just ask for ‘NAWRA’ when you arrive!
NAWRA member, Richard Machin from Staffordshire University, has written an excellent piece for online journal ‘The Conversation’ entitled “A welfare adviser’s view on Universal Credit: a flawed system that emphasises process over people.”
Richard highlights myriad problems with the rollout of Universal Credit and highlights NAWRAs position on implict consent. Richard concludes his article by saying:
Benefit advisers have long called for changes to the benefit system to make it easier to understand and access for claimants. The whole point of Universal Credit is to provide a more streamlined and coherent system. The widely reported problems with the rollout of Universal Credit demonstrate that there is still much work to be done to improve a system that too often emphasises process over people.
You can read the full article here.