The Budget 2017 – all you can eat.

For the first time in many years the Budget did not significantly change the landscape of welfare reform. That isn’t to say that significant changes aren’t already on the horizon and April 2017 will see the end of payment for being in the work-related activity group put large numbers of people into significant debt and at high risk of homelessness.

If, by any chance, you missed the key budget announcements then the links below should soon put you right.

The live TV feed was at http://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/8a000060-1bde-4491-bffe-4359e85832ea

Summaries and analysis can also be found at The Guardian and if that doesn’t float your boat then there’s also the BBC summaries.

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New WCA tool and widget from LASA.

You may recall our recentish post on the new LASA PIP tool for advisers, which has proved to be something of a revelation. If not then you can find more details in our post on the launch of the tool.

Now a new tool and widget are available but this time in connection with the WCA, which strikes GMWRAG as a jolly good idea. You can find said tool at the uninspiringly titled http://wcainfo.net. (although it’s obviously better than writing it out in full :)!

If you’ve missed any of these web tools you can find more info on all of them over on the LASA website: http://www.lasa.org.uk/webtools.

As ever, we’re sure there’s a widget you can embed in your web site. GMWRAG likes widgets and we use lots of them. Sadly our web site platform doesn’t accept this kind of tool else we’d be widegting away with the rest of you

Minutes of the NWMHWRAG now available.

The minutes of the November NWMHWRAG meeting are now available for download from their GMWRAG pages and of course from here. Details of the January 2016 meeting have already been posted in our pages.

Minutes of last Fridays GMWRAG meeting have already been done in draft form and will be published once additional documents (especially from the session run by Housing Systems) have been scanned and approved. The excellent presentations have from Trussell Trust and Housing Systems have already been uploaded to the site but we’re not going to post them publicly until such time as the minutes and all other documents are available.

In the meantime, keeping a promise we made to the original NWMHWRAG site to post up relevant case law we have posted a copy of the IM case up in the NWMHWRAG case law section of the GMWRAG site.