Benefit Sanctions: What’s Next? A PLP event in York.

We’re well aware of GMWRAG members disappointment that we’re not sending you to Siberia Oldham in January but we’re pleased to publicise the next best thing.

Matt Ahluwalia from the Public Law Project, whom some of you may remember as a mere stripling at a GMWRAG meeting back in January 2018 (see below), has asked us to do some last minute publicity for PLPs event in York titled “Benefit Sanctions: What’s next?”.

This takes place on Monday the 27th of January 2020 between 10am and 5pm at the National Railway Museum in York. The full address is Leeman Road, York YO26 4XJ. GMWRAG is well aware this is an excellent (but damn cold) venue. However, as it’s at a train museum we’d actively encourage people to go by train just so you can travel over the newly re-activated Ordsall Chord and then talk about it.

GMWRAG is well aware that a number of our members have booked already but we’d like to encourage more as this is an extremely important topic and it’s very easy to take your eye off the ball having been preoccupied with the B word and a general election.

Full details for booking can be found at PLPs web site.

If you have already booked a place (and equally so if you’re about to) please note the travel information on the PLP web site if you’re travelling from outside the GM area.

“Much is known about the effects and impact of benefit sanctions. Shortcomings in standards, both across the application of sanctions and processes for appealing them, are well documented and it is recognised that the injustices of this system are visited upon some of the most vulnerable in society. This event is designed to bring together civil society, advisers, researchers and lawyers to help formulate a common strategy to help those affected, and consider what’s next for public law in this space.”

Couldn’t have put it better ourselves.