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.
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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by midday on Monday 10 February 2020.
Do get in touch if you have any questions.
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.
NAWRA met in Leeds last week. The notes from the conference are now available in the members area.
NAWRA meets quarterly at venues around the country. Check the dates and locations of future conferences.
Conferences are open to members only. Find out more about joining NAWRA.