Updated – GMWRAG resources for advisers.

GMWRAG has updated the sub pages of the NWMHWRAG with so that the presentations to the group page now includes recent DWP responses to group questions about Universal Credit.

Within our “Protected: Resources for advisers in the North West” section we have now added email contact details for every DWP Partnership Manager within the Greater Manchester area. You’ll be needing these for those rare UC failures you may occasionally come across when you need some soothing Vivaldi and a cushion to bite.

These are only accurate as of today and you will of course need the asymmetric encryption key and pass card…

Oh, okay. Ask nicely and we’ll give you the password.

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Minutes of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Officers Group and a date for the next meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group (NWMHWRAG) are now available. They can be downloaded from here and also found permanently on their pages. We have updated their pages to reflect the fact that the first meeting of 2018 will take place on Friday the 26th of January 2018.

We have noted that the minutes between May and November 2017 have gone AWOL so we will be attempting to fix this ASAP. Yeah, alright, we MAY have forgotten to take them from our posts and put them on the page! By the time you read this it will have hopefully been done.

GMWRAG will of course be having a quiet word about the use of the Comic Sans font and ensuring this doesn’t happen again 🙂 A quick browse here should be the starting point 🙂

Next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group – Questions for the DWP.

The next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group (NWMHWRAG) takes place on Friday the 24th of November 2017 as detailed on their pages within the GMWRAG site. Minutes of the last meeting remain available for download but we’d like to remind attendees that the November meeting should include a session with DWP Partnership Managers for full service Universal Credit areas. NWMHWRAG are asking for questions in advance in order to minimise the need for questions to be “taken back”.

Questions should be directed to Helen Rogers at Stockport by no later than Wednesday the 1st of November 2017. This does not prevent questions being asked on the day. It just maximises the chances of having full answers on the day.

Attendees should already know how to contact Helen. GMWRAG is generally reluctant to put contact details such as email addresses and phone numbers on this site as we have history on this opening up inappropriate lines of contact for clients looking for advice as well as resulting in advisers being spammed.

The next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group.

The next meeting of the NWMHWRAG will take place on Friday the 29th of September 2017 at 9.30am for 10am start.

We do not have an outside speaker this time, but we will have an information exchange for people to discuss issues/ask questions/canvass others’ opinions on welfare rights issues.

The meeting will be in Room 2001 at Manchester Town Hall.

Robin Serjeant from Manchester City Council will add everyone on the NWMHWRAG mailing list to the attendees of the meeting so that you can access the room.  He will then send an email out with instructions of how to find the room.  If anyone who is not on this mailing list wants to attend the meeting, please let Helen Rogers have their email address.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Minutes of the last North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group plus speaker notes now available.

The minutes of the May 2017 meeting of the NWMHWRAG meeting are now available within their pages within this site. Along with these, speaker Dan Manville has kindly provided a copy of his notes and some guidance and these are available on their “Presentations to the group” page.

If you’re a member of the group then you’ll already know that the minutes are password protected and you’ll know the password. If you have a legitimate need for access to the minutes then please DM @GMWRAGTweets.

The date of the next meeting is already up on their pages. Full details of any future speakers will of course be posted as soon as we know them.

Urgent update for anyone thinking of attending tomorrows meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group in Manchester.

The next meeting of the NWMHWRAG takes place tomorrow in Manchester. Full details were contained in our previous post. A number of you may be coming along tomorrow to hear Dan Manville, Mental Health Welfare Rights Officer from Wolverhampton Council talking about Right to Reside cases.

Those of you who read the previous post about this meeting should be aware that entry to the venue requires you to notify of your attendance in advance as per the previous post. Group members on the mailing list have been reminded of the need to do this. However, those wishing to attend who are not on the email mailing list, need to also be aware of the need to do this.

So, there you go.

GMWRAG would like to also point out in light of recent events Manchester Victoria station remains closed to enable forensic analysis and there are a number of transport diversions in place. Please check relevant web sites for updates but, at the time of writing, the situation is as follows:

  • Metrolink:  Victoria station remains closed. The Bury line will stop at Queens Road. The Rochdale via Oldham line will finish at Monsall. There will be no Metrolink services calling or operating through Market Street, Shudehill or Manchester Victoria.
  • Buses: All bus services are operating but there are diversions in place to some services. There are replacment bus services operating from Central Park and Queens Road to Piccadilly Gardens (stand R), Piccadilly Station (Fairfield Street) and Shudehil (stand B).
  • Roads: As roads may be busier than usual, drivers have been advised to consider taking public transport where possible. Trinity Way has reopened to traffic in both directions, but many roads remain closed and highways are extremely busy. Deansgate is currently closed.

Next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group.

The next meeting of the NWMHWRAG will be on Friday the 26th of May at 9.30am for a 10am start.

It will be in Committee Room 6 in Manchester Town Hall extension.

Please note the change of venue!

Our speaker will be Dan Manville, Mental Health Welfare Rights Officer from Wolverhampton Council.

He will be talking about Right to Reside cases.

Important! – please let Helen Rogers know on 0161 217 6003 if you are planning to attend the meeting by 5pm on the 10th of May 2017 as we need to submit email addresses of all attendees so that you can access the meeting. Instructions will be emailed nearer the time with as to how to get into the building.

You’re on your own when it comes to getting out 🙂

This post also includes the notes on Upper Tier decisions from Robin Serjeant, our speaker at the last meeting in February 2017.

The next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group attendees has a new venue.

This is a message for anyone planning on attending the NWMHWRAG meeting on Friday the 26th of May 2017. The venue of the meeting has changed and will now be held in Committee Room 6 of the Manchester Town Hall Extension.

Attendees should note that you will need to arrange to have an email invite in advance from the meeting organiser so that you can enter the extension and collect a pass which will allow you to move through the building. These passes are based on having your email address in the MCC system. Alternatively, you will need to pick up a pass from the reception at the far end of the extension hall on the day and this will require you to know the name of the meeting and the room it’s in.

Minutes of the last meeting remain available via our last post. As of today we have still not had the opportunity to add them to the NWMHWRAG pages.