GMWRAG has mentioned this before but as we’re now much closer to September it’s timely to remind members that the next NAWRA meeting will take place from 10am-4pm (registration from 9.30am) on Friday the 7th of September 2018 at Renfield St Stephen’s Centre, 260 Bath St, Glasgow G2 4JP (hosted by Glasgow City Council).
The guest speaker will be the newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, Shirley-Anne Somerville.
Also speaking is Dr Sharon Wright of Glasgow University, co-author of ‘A hand up or a slap down? Criminalising benefit claimants in Britain via strategies of surveillance, sanctions and deterrence’
Last but not least there is GMSCG leading light Jo Chimes, Project Lead/Legal Adviser at the Equality and Diversity Forum talking “In the small places close to home – making equality rights practical and relevant in welfare benefits advice”.
A. Deductions from universal credit – Daphne Hall (Rightsnet) with thanks to Will Hadwen
Workshop level: Intermediate/Practical
Many universal credit claimants struggle because of the high level of deductions. This workshop will look at:
- the current rules for the different deductions;
- maximum rates;
- how or if we can negotiate with the DWP to reduce them;
- and what to do when this isn’t successful.
We’ll also discuss Esther McVey’s commitment to look at this problem.
B. Practical equality rights in welfare benefits advice – Jo Chimes (Equality and Diversity Forum) Workshop level: Introductory/Practical
The Equality and Diversity Forum launched an online handbook, Practical Equality Rights in Welfare Benefits Advice, in May 2018. This workshop will show how the handbook can help everyone working in welfare benefits advice to make practical use of the Equality Act 2010 to solve everyday discrimination problems and fill the ‘discrimination advice gap’.
C. Reg 35 limbo – Scott McInally and Kathryn Gaines (Durham County Council Welfare Rights Service)
Workshop level: Advanced/Practical
Are tribunals lowering the bar for work-related activities making it all but impossible to satisfy regulation 35? Durham Welfare Rights share their experience of Reg 35 appeals and invite you to share yours.
D. Pitfalls and processes with universal credit – Zoey Corker (Sanctuary Housing)
Workshop level: Introductory/Strategic
As it finally rolls out to most of Scotland, Zoey Corker provides us with an insight into processes and pitfalls for claiming universal credit, including Scottish protections.
The full agenda can be found here.