Agenda and speakers for next weeks GMWRAG meeting in Oldham.

The agenda for next weeks GMWRAG meeting in Oldham is now available and can be downloaded by clicking on this link. Everything else you need can be found in our previous posts yesterday and back in July 2017.

Well, yeah, okay. You will need a coat, possibly a scarf. Almost certainly gloves and maybe even a hat and an umbrella. Apart from that, everything you need to know is in those posts 🙂

Er, okay, you might also want to know how to get there. We sort of covered that in the July post when we mischievously described transport to Oldham as “straightforward nowadays”. If you don’t believe us then please check out MyTfGM for journey planning.

We are pleased to confirm that we have two speakers for the day covering innovation and Universal Credit. If you want to know more please download the agenda from the link above.

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Countdown to the October the 6th GMWRAG meeting in Oldham.

We posted full details of the next GMWRAG meeting as far back as the 12th of July 2017. To save yourself (well, us) some time, you can have a look at that post now.  Everything you need is in there. The date, the time, the place , how to get there and even tentative details of a speaker.

A quick hint. It’s a full day meeting on Friday the 6th of October 2017 (that bit wot is in the title of this post) and you’re still going to have to read that previous post and remember to bring your own minutes from the last meeting.

We’re waiting for final confirmation on our morning speaker but we can confirm that our afternoon speaker will definitely be Vivien Robinson, DWP Partnership Manager, who will be talking about the local roll out of full service Universal Credit from 2:00pm onward.

Some of you may remember that in a previous post we detailed an update to UC roll out and this included the news that Oldham was rolling out from April 2017.

As soon as our a.m. speaker is confirmed the full agenda will be published here.

ANOTHER new job vacancy on GMWRAG.

GMWRAG has barely drawn breath from our visit to Stockport on Friday when we’ve been asked to post details of yet another job vacancy. Details will be posted on our job vacancies page until the expiry of the closing date (please note that it’s not a midnight one!) and thereafter you’ll be able to find details within our archive.

Advice Service Manager 

Salary: £15,570 per annum

Hours: 21.75 hours (3 days)

Pension: 6%

Citizens Advice SalfordCitizens Advice Salford are looking for a dynamic individual to join our team of Advice Service Managers.

The role primarily involves supervising advice sessions whilst maintaining quality of advice.

We have a number of bureaux across the City of Salford and also offer advice in a number of outreach environments. We deliver advice via face to face, email and telephone and are proud of our history of maintaining high quality services.

We also have a number of specialist projects which support our high street bureaux.

You must have at least one year’s recent experience of supervising generalist advice sessions within an advice agency.

You will need to be comfortable working with a wide range of people and be prepared to go the extra mile for those most in need of our assistance.

Closing date: the 5th of  July 2017 at 9:00am

Interview dates: the 11th and 12th of July 2017

Salford Citizens Advice Bureaux are working to achieve equal opportunities.

The person specification and job description are available for download here.

For applications please email Maria on cwu1@salfordcab.cabnet.org.uk

GMWRAG isn’t tracking the general election but…

GMWRAG has exhausted itself electing a new GM (Greater Manchester NOT genetically modified!) Mayor and has little enthusiasm for closely tracking the forthcoming General Election. However, we’re happy to point our members to a few resources which will help you do so if you wish. It is already very noticeable that this is not going to be an election in which welfare reform and poverty are at the top of anyone’s list.

The BBC have helpfully produced an election tracker, which you can find at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-2017-39844115 or by clicking the magic words in this sentence. “Welfare” comes in at 11th on the number of things they’re tracking although you could argue that “Pensions” coming in at 5th has some significance! Lots of tabloids are tracking little more than who the pundits think will win but you could invest some of your diminishing faith in pollsters following the excess of statistics at Electoral Calculus.

Of more interest our friends at Rightsnet have identified at least three suggestions for manifestos. GMWRAG thinks it’s worthwhile digesting all three but may wonder out loud whatever happened to campaigning to change things rather than asking for tweaks to the status quo? Can Universal Credit ever be made to work, or make work pay (as opposed to merely function in the former case!)? No mention of the mess which is the Benefit Cap or even DHPs!

– Citizens Advice: Citizens Advice has 5 big asks for the next government
– CPAG: Election 2017 manifesto
– The Law Society: Law Society unveils election manifesto for Brexit Britain