On 26 January 2022 the DWP announced that Citizens Advice in partnership with Citizens Advice Scotland will deliver the universal credit Help to Claim service from April 2022.
While under the current contract face to face support is available, the new contract is limited to just telephony and digital channels.
NAWRA believes that this is completely inappropriate for vulnerable people who are seeking help because they struggle with those channels.
NAWRA is also concerned at the Minister’s comment that those who are unable to access support via these channels will be sent to their local jobcentre where the staff ‘will identify the right support to meet their needs’.
Jobcentre staff are not qualified to give independent advice on whether or not to claim – advice that is particularly important as the government ramps up its ‘voluntary Move to UC’ campaign. It is essential that funding is provided so that independent advice is available to everyone who needs it.
NAWRA has therefore written to the Secretary of State – copied to the Work and Pensions Committee – to express our serious concerns about this development.
Read our letter.
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The NAWRA committee directs the policy and general management of the affairs of NAWRA. It consists of representatives from each of the English regions plus two from Wales, two from Scotland, one from Northern Ireland and one nominated by CPAG. The committee meets at least four times a year on Zoom.
The representatives of the English regions and Wales must be elected every two years at our AGM. Our conference online on 3 and 4 March 2022 acts as our AGM this year.
If you’re interested in joining the committee then you can read more about the role and complete the nomination form. The closing date for nominations is 11 Feb 2022.
Thanks to everyone who attended our conference hosted by Coventry Independent Advice Service on 9 and 10 December 2021.
The notes are now available in the members area. The password for the members area has been sent to members by email.
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NAWRA has submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Adult Disability Payment regulations.
Coventry Independent Advice Service will host a NAWRA conference on Zoom on 9 December 2021 (1.00pm-4.30pm) and 10 December 2021 (9.30am-1.15pm)
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