Benefits, safe-guarding and vulnerability. Bedtime reading for the Trafford GMWRAG meeting.

GMWRAG doesn’t often set members background reading but if you’re coming to our Trafford meeting in September then you’ll need to be up to speed on where we’re up to with benefits, safeguarding and vulnerability. The discussion is part of a necessary move towards maintaining a rights based approach to benefits advice by increasingly bringing to bear legislation from outside the social security sphere. The finest examples of this would of course be the increasing use of EU legislation; directives and so on and, more recently, the use of the Equality Act 2010 to challenge DWP practice and policy.

Our first September speaker, Louise Tanner, has put together some background reading to give people a feel for the range of the topic. You can download and read this from our site but before you do we suggest you have a look at the discussion forums hosted by our mates over at Rightsnet.

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If these don’t give you a feel for the breadth and reach of the subject, as well as the potential for challenging the DWP and local authorities then, er, you probably haven’t read them! See you in Trafford.

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The first post-Brexit GMWRAG meeting will take place in Trafford.

The first post-Brexit GMWRAG meeting will take place, with uncanny prescience, in Trafford: one of only two areas in Greater Manchester to vote “remain” in Greater Manchester. This will also be the first meeting without Patrick Hill. Only one of these two things is a good thing.

The meeting will take place in meeting room 1 at Sale Waterside on Friday the 30th of September 2016.

Once again we must confirm that this is not the same as Sale Waterside.

It will be a full day meeting and one of our two speakers is already confirmed. This will be Louise Tanner, Safeguarding Adults Training Officer at Manchester City Council. She will be focusing on safeguarding, duty of care and vulnerability in relation to DWP and JobcentrePlus. We hope to have a morning speaker confirmed in due course.

Those of you with Sat Nav or GPS on your phone should aim for M33 7ZF. Alternatively, it’s 2 minutes walk from Sale Metrolink. Those of you on buses simply need to read this post for all the bus information you will ever need (although you may want to check it for accuracy three years down the line)! Despite the suggestion to the contrary in the above picture you probably won’t be able to get there by canal boat.

The meeting will open at 9:30am for a 10:00am start and the p.m. meeting will resume at 1:30pm for a 2:00pm start, aiming to finish at approximately 4:00pm at the latest. Minutes of the Manchester meeting are already available as per our previous post. No excuse for not printing them off. Turn up on the day and ask for a copy and we will glare at you 🙂 You surely cannot be aware that it’s nothing but cuts from hereon!