Posts Tagged 'benefits'

Social Work Action Network (SWAN) Open Meeting 23 May 2013

The Social Work Action Network are holding an open meeting with the focus on Welfare Reform. Please see the flyer below for more information:

Social Work Action Network Open meetings May 2013(1)

Independent Review Service for the Social Fund

This is perhaps the final Social Fund Commissioner’s Annual Report and covers the period 2011/2012. The Welfare Reform Act 2012 contains provision to abolish this role, bringing with it the end to the independent review process. Current arrangements for the payment of Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans will end, with powers transferred to Scottish Government and consequently local authorities.
The article can be read here.


p.s. some of the Chairs met last night to discuss plans for 2013…it’s going to be good!

Reminder – ELPF Meeting!

Just a reminder of our next meeting, on Thursday 26th July 2012 at Cafe Camino. 9.15am for a 9.30am start. The meeting will be chaired by Aisling Downey and the topic is Welfare Reform. All feedback welcome, as are suggestions for future meetings!


Welfare Reform

I was recently at a conference which focused on welfare reform and its relation to the criminal justice system in L&B and Forth Valley Community Justice Areas. Yes, there’s a connection, but it’s more than that. Today I’ve been reading a few bits and pieces about the impact medical assessment and re-assessment is having on some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Links to the articles are below if people would like to read them.

The Guardian, 20th March 2012

Sickness Benefit: ‘They try their damnedest to avoid paying’

Mind (page viewed 20th March 2012)

Welfare Reform anxiety making people ill

Next ELPF Meeting

World Social Work DayMarch 17th, 2020
Edinburgh Arts Centre

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