Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to our first online event on 15th May 2020. As promised, we are in the process of uploading the sessions to our YouTube channel and all sessions are now available!
The first session starts with a welcome from our Chair followed by a fantastic workshop on ‘Catching up with COVID-19 benefit changes‘ led by Tom Messere (Big Book of Benefits, NAWRA Committee). There is also a Q&A session included.
Part Two focuses on a workshop by Gareth Morgan (Ferret, Welfare Rights Advisers Cymru, NAWRA committee) who takes us through examples of how the new rules and rates work after the April and COVID-19 changes, including how Universal Credit and legacy benefits compare and more detail on how the benefit cap can negate many of the increases.
Part Three features the lively information exchange, wonderfully handled by our Vice-Chair, Daphne Hall and featuring contributions from a range of members and committee representatives. the session ends with a live feedback session!
Slides and notes available in the members area.
Our quarterly meetings are held around the country and include keynote speakers, workshops and a range of networking and professional development opportunities.
Our meeting in Stoke on Trent planned for 12 June 2020 will no longer take place at Staffordshire University. However, we are pleased to announce two online events.
- Friday 15 May 2020 a special COVID-19 NAWRA event online with two interactive workshops focusing on the current benefit changes, homeworking issues and dealing with new ways of working. Read the agenda.
- Thursday 11 June and Friday 12 June 2020 ‘Stoke-on-Line’ – a virtual version of our planned conference with guest speakers, workshops, information exchange, pub quiz and yoga. Split over two days. More details here.
NAWRA meetings are only open to members. Find out more about joining NAWRA.
Housing Systems have put together an e-learning module on coronavirus and benefits.
This is freely available to everyone.
The team at Housing Systems hope you find it useful and would encourage you to share it with colleagues in other roles, such as housing workers or social workers, who might find it helpful too.
The government has conceded to an Early Day Motion, tabled by Mark Tami MP and signed by 73 others, calling for Universal Credit to be payable up to the day before State Pension is paid.
In response to the news, NAWRA released the following statement:
This is a great achievement by Mark Tami and will make a huge difference to all the pensioners who are currently being left with a big gap in income.
NAWRA is delighted to see the government conceding on one of the many design flaws within universal credit and we hope that this indicates a willingness to continue listening to those with knowledge and experience of the hardships being faced by many universal credit claimants.
Read the government statement.
Our next conference will take place from 10am-4pm (registration from 9.30am) on Friday 6 March 2020 at Swansea Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road, Swansea, SA1 3SN.
Our guest speakers will be Fran Bennett of Oxford University on recent research about universal credit and couples followed by Lisa Reese, a tribunal judge, on the role of representatives.
There will be participatory workshops on universal credit and mixed-age couples, conditionality and public law remedies, support for disabled people under universal credit, Oxfam’s sustainable lives approach and PIP for people with mental health conditions.
The conference will also serve as our AGM.
Read the full agenda.
NAWRA conferences are open to members only. Find out about joining.