The full details of the next GMWRAG meeting are now available and they are pretty much as per our September 2018 post. This is a unique opportunity for GMWRAG members so book quickly to avoid disappointment.
There are three additional pieces of information you need to know:
A buffet lunch will be provided courtesy of our friends at the EHRC. However, anyone coming to the meeting will need to let us know their dietary requirement else there may be nothing available to meet your needs.
GMWRAG can now confirm that the Friday meeting in Trafford is now effectively a “sell out”. Everything attendees need to know about the meeting can still be found in our post at https://gmwrag.wordpress.com/2018/10/05/your-all-in-one-gmwrag-post-on-gmwrag-in-trafford
As an update on that post:
All attendees had to let GMWRAG know directly they wanted a place. The meeting is now at capacity so anyone thinking they can just turn up on the day as per previous GMWRAG meetings will be turned away. We’ve not done this before and, whilst it does feel rather extraordinary, there’s a first time for everything.
Anyone thinking of attending for only part of the day is actively encouraged to not do so.
It’s unfair on those people who would like to attend for the whole day.
In another first, a waiting list was created as soon as we hit capacity.
If you can’t attend for the day then please don’t attend and we can give your place to someone on the waiting list.
This is a business meeting with very clearly defined aims. If you’re not going to participate in any future GM UC forum then there’s little point in attending.
If you cannot attend at all please let us know ASAP as we can offer your place to people on the waiting list.
NB: Anyone who chooses to attend for only part of the day will be given no priority for tickets for the free GMWRAG/GMSCG/NWMHWRAG EA 10 equalities and welfare benefits event being run in January 2019. That will also be limited to 50 and for the first time will be ticketed (free) via Eventbrite.
The next meeting will on Friday the 28th of September 2018 at 9.30am for a 10am start.
We have changed venue. This meeting will be in the Community Room at Central Manchester Fire Station, Cassidy Close off Thompson Street, Manchester M4 5FP.
It’s a short walk from Piccadilly and there is a car park on Thompson Street.
The Community Room has its own entrance. Please don’t enter the Fire Station by any other entrance.
From Cassidy Close you take the first turning on the left. Walk towards the building and then turn left again. You should now be at the back of the building. Walk towards a set of double doors under an overhang. The entrance to the Community Room is on the right just before you reach the double doors.
We don’t have a speaker for this meeting, so it will be an information exchange.
We are looking for a speaker on Universal Credit for a future meeting, so if anyone knows someone who could talk to us about hints and tips on claiming under Full Service, please contact Helen Rogers.
We had been looking for a speaker on the Equality Act and Jo Chimes of the Equality and Diversity Forum has kindly agreed to speak to us. She has worked alongside the Equality and Human Rights Commission on this issue. As a number of other groups in the area have also approached Jo to speak at their meetings, we are holding this meeting in conjunction with GMWRAG and the Greater Manchester Strategic Casework Group. This means the meeting will be a day long event and will be on Friday the 18th of January 2019. More details are already available at https://gmwrag.wordpress.com/2018/09/14/gmwrag-attempts-to-bend-time-and-space-2019-here-we-come-with-another-big-announcement although it’s unlikely all NWMHWRAG members can be accommodated as the room holds 50 people and both GMWRAG and GMSCG members will want to attend.
“Everyday Equality: challenging discrimination in the welfare benefits system” featuring Jo Chimes and a whole lot more.
The meeting is hosted by Tameside. It is a full day event and will take place at the LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF on Friday the 18th of January 2019 We’ll be open for refreshments, networking and juicy gossip for 9:30am with a planned running time of 10am to 4pm.
This will be the northern version of the excellent event run for those grim southerners by Jo in May 2018. You can read more about that here and we recommend all potential attendees download a copy of the absolutely invaluable “Practical Equality Rights in Welfare Benefits Advice” in advance of attending.
As we’re limited to 50 attendees we’ll be using a GMWRAG Eventbrite account and asking people to book through that for the first time. There is no cost attached to this. It’s just a practical way of managing numbers. As NWMHWRAG members attempted to book Jo first we’re going to attempt to put out some early bird tickets exclusively for them but no promises on that. We’re still figuring it out. Registration is not yet available. We will post when it goes live.
An agenda for the day plus details of any additional speakers will be posted as soon as finalised but you can realistically expect this to be post the Trafford meeting in October as that is currently fully occupying the GMWRAG hive mind.
Those of you with an ongoing interest can follow the work @EqualityACRH on Twitter as well as Jo herself @chimesjo. Both the above documents will be permanently available as part of the GMSCG pages where we have just this minute added a News page for exactly what Father Ted would call “this sort of thing”.
The minutes of the March 2018 meeting of the Greater Manchester Strategic Casework Group are now available for download. They will be permanently available within the GMSCG pages. Please remember that they will be password protected. Contact GMWRAG if you need that information.
Owing to events beyond our control the next full meeting of the GMSCG has not been set although a small working group will be meeting later this month to review progress and set the agenda for the rest of 2018.
In the meantime, those of you on social media may like to head over to @GMWRAGTweets to be entertained by our ongoing conversation with Neil Couling about Universal Credit. GMWRAG has extended an invitation to Neil for him to attend our October meeting in Trafford but as yet he’s not responded.
This was all triggered by our recent post on the SSAC consultation on Universal Credit, which in barely a week became the most viewed post in the history of the various iterations of the GMWRAG web site and has been retweeted by MPs and more. It is now likely that a further more detailed post focused more on UC (i.e. less on the SSAC) and over a longer period. Watch this space.
Please note that we haven’t forgotten there’s a GMWRAG meeting next week and we’ll publishing an agenda either at the end of this week or the start of the next. Minutes of the Salford meeting remain available in the usual place.
Following on from our very recent posts reminding people of our live streams, at https://gmwrag.wordpress.com/2018/03/28/final-chance-for-gmwrag-members-live-streams-from-the-march-meeting-of-the-greater-manchester-strategic-casework-group-are-still-available/ we’ve decided to make this remarkably simple for those of you who don’t know your YouTube from your Periscope; a submarine from an app; a tablet from a stone; arse from elbow!
Before we take down the broadcast of Lucy Cadd from Leigh Day talking current public law concerns and the Carmichael judgement click on the link below and you’ll be taken straight to the video in question. Just click play. Well, it’s also good to remember to turn the volume up too!
You do know that the little triangular thing means “Play” don’t you?
Please allow us to apologise in advance for the relatively poor quality of the recording. It appears to be as a direct consequence of our failing on this occasion to tick the box marked “HD”. Lesson learned.
Full details if the meeting can be found at https://gmwrag.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/next-meeting-of-the-greater-manchester-strategic-casework-group/ but we just wanted to let members know that we’re planning to live stream Lucy Cadd from Leigh Day during the morning meeting.
If you’re not in the GM area or unable to attend the meeting please keep an eye on the @GMWRAGtweets Twitter account tomorrow for details of the precise time we’ll be going live. As per our first broadcast we’ll be doing this via Periscope and you’ll need either an account with them or to log in using Twitter, Google or Cambridge Analytica Facebook. At this stage we have no indication as to whether we’ll be able to keep a permanent record of the stream via YouTube so please don’t miss the stream and assume you’ll be able to watch it later. It may not happen.
Periscope offers the facility to ask questions during the stream so we’ll happily put these to Lucy if time allows.
if you know of anyone with an interest in the live stream please let them know, RT, etc. We’ll see you there.