Would you like to join the NAWRA committee?

The 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, one from Scotland, one from Northern Ireland and one nominated by CPAG. This gives a total of 14 representatives. The committee meets at least three times a year, either in person a day before a main NAWRA conference or by conference call.

The representatives of the English regions and Wales must be elected every two years at our AGM. Our meeting in Swansea on 6 March 2020 acts as our AGM this year.

The regions are as follows:

  • South East England
  • London
  • North West England
  • East of England
  • West Midlands
  • South West England
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
  • East Midlands
  • North East England
  • North Wales
  • South Wales

If you work in one of these regions and would like to stand for election to the committee then please complete the nomination form and return it to kelly@nawra.org.uk by midday on Monday 10 February 2020.

Do get in touch if you have any questions.

 

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North East Reps Group meeting on 28 Feb 2020

There’s a meeting of the North East Reps Group from 1.30 – 3.30pm on Friday 28 February. The meeting will be held in Committee Room 2, County Hall, Durham.

Please contact Julie Kirkby at Durham Welfare Rights Service – Julie.Kirkby@durham.gov.uk – if you’d like to attend.

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NAWRA conference in Leeds on 6 Dec 2019

Our next conference will take place from 9.30am-3pm (registration from 9am – note the earlier than usual start) on Friday 6 December 2019 at Leeds Civic Hall, Calverley Street, Leeds LS1 1UR.

Our guest speaker Sue Royston from Harrogate Citizens Advice will deliver the Phil Hanns memorial lecture on managed migration to UC. Simon Duffy of the Centre for Welfare Reform will be speaking about basic income and Sarah Clarke from the Public Law Project will run a session on conditionality in UC and public law remedies.

There will be participatory workshops on non-EU citizens and benefits, professional standards, and council tax support for UC claimants.

In the evening it’s NAWRA’s Christmas party – all are welcome!

Read the full agenda.

NAWRA conferences are open to members only. Find out about joining.

 

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NAWRA conference in Edinburgh on 13 September 2019

We are pleased to return to the City Chambers in Edinburgh on 13 September 2019.

Our guest speaker will be Shirley-Anne Somerville, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People. We will also hear from Edinburgh Poverty Commission, Poverty Alliance and the Carnegie UK Trust. There will be participatory workshops on investment in welfare rights, Scottish government social security powers, basic income and the commission on social security led by experts by experience.

Read the agenda

NAWRA members will be meeting for food and drinks at the Pilgrim Bar (note the change of venue) from 6pm on Thursday 12 September. Quote “NAWRAPILGRIM” for a 25% discount on food and 15% off drinks.

NAWRA conferences are open to members only.  Find out more about joining.

 

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NAWRA’s letter to the Scottish government

NAWRA has co-signed a letter urging the Scottish Government to bring forward the introduction of the income supplement for low income families.

NAWRA’s representative for Scotland, Craig Samuel, said:

“To date Scottish Government have achieved so much with Social Security however if we do not use the powers and mandates, we fought so long for, then it will be a sad indictment on us as a people. If we don’t do more to reduce child poverty, reduce adverse childhood experiences then ultimately we shall be limiting the dreams and ambitions of families and children living in poverty in Scotland so I on behalf of NAWRA advocate bringing forward the Income Supplement before 2022.”

Read the reply from Aileen Campbell MSP

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