Thanks to everyone who came along to NAWRA’s autumn 2023 conference on Zoom last week.
Slides and video from the conference sessions are now available in the members area of our website.
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NAWRA will meet on Zoom on Wed 13 Sep 2023 (1.00pm – 4.00pm) and Thurs 14 Sep 2023 (9.30am – 1.00pm).
Meetings are free to attend and open to all members. Not a member? Find out more about joining.
Booking information has been sent to NAWRA members by email.
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Greg Brown (Maggies) and Lee Oliver (Glasgow City Council) have been elected as the new NAWRA committee representatives for Scotland.
We look forward to working together.
Calling all NAWRA members in Scotland – could you be a rep on the NAWRA committee?
Our current rep Craig Samuel at City of Edinburgh Council is stepping down after many years service so we now have two vacancies on the Committee for Scottish reps.
As a rep, the main requirement is to attend Committee meetings which are held four times a year and last up to two hours. These are held virtually and typically discuss –
You can see previous minutes on the website
If you want further involvement, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in campaigns, consultation responses, delivering workshops, but it is also fine if you don’t have so much time to commit to this. In Scotland, there are added opportunities to engage with the Scottish Government on devolved issues too.
Being on the Executive Committee of a national organisation is great experience, and you will be fully supported by the rest of the Committee.
If you might be interested but want to find out a bit more please email our vice chair Daphne Hall at email@example.com who would be happy to have a chat.
And this is also an opportunity to send our heartfelt thanks to Craig who has done such an amazing job in the role particularly overseeing some of the development of the devolved benefits.
Since our last update in April 2023, NAWRA has met with officials again to look at how the process for issuing UC50s can be improved and be made more reliable.
DWP advise us that it transpires that when a claimant submits a fitnote a ‘to-do’ is autmatically created for them. Currently this to-do is not populated but they realise that this is the ideal place to put information about what a UC50 is, the WCA process, when to expect the UC50 and what to do if it doesn’t arrive – in effect what we initially asked for 18 months ago.
DWP tell us that they hope to work on the wording of this communication over the summer with a view to it hopefully going live early autumn.
Hopefully, this will bring some improvements.