WelfareReform.net up and running!
AdviceUK and IncomeMAX have launched WelfareReform.net, an online hub for information and learning events relating to welfare reform. Bringing together expertise from charities, advice services and government, WelfareReform.net aims to be a leading resource in the area of welfare reform. Please visit the site for more information and details of learning events, and follow the site via Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates at http://www.twitter.com/welfarereformuk
Progress towards the implementation of Universal Credit
Stay informed (and tell us if we've missed anything!)
- Subscribe to our blog and look for entries with the tag 'welfare reform'
- Check out our training pages for details of our next welfare benefits updater training (specially discounted for members!)
- Subscribe to the DWP's Touchbase e-zine and visit their page for advisers
- Newcastle City Council has a comprehensive website that gives regular updates on changes to the welfare benefits system
- Subscribe to Rightsnet for detailed and regularly updated information on welfare benefits and associated case law
- Visit revenuebenefits for information on HMRC products (Low Incomes Tax Reform Group and rightsnet partnership)
- Consider joining the National Association of Welfare Rights Advisers (NAWRA)
- Help people maximise their income: have a look at the websites of Turn2us and IncomeMAX
- Child Poverty Action Group have excellent resources for advisers
- Advicenow guides - including guides on how to appeal decisions related to Personal Independence Payments, Disability Living Allowance and Attendance Allowance
Get your voice heard!
AdviceUK is working to develop the capacity of independent advice centres to gather evidence and use it to influence decision and policy makers.
We need you to tell us about what you and your clients are encountering on the ground. We are currently looking for case studies which either give the story of a particular individual (representing a common issue or concern encountered in your work), or which focus on the work of the advice service or organisation as a whole (again, focusing on a common issue or concern).
Suggested guidelines for the case studies can be found below. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07840147782 if you have any problems or questions.
On 16 February 2011 the Welfare Reform Bill was introduced to Parliament. The Bill legislates for the biggest changes to the welfare system for over 60 years, and alongside other changes to welfare benefits and housing provision is radically changing the environment in which advice services operate. Describing the impact of these major changes on clients, particularly clients living in poverty, is crucial to influencing decision and policy makers, and making the case for advice.
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