CPAG (the Child Poverty Action Group) have launched the 'Early Warning System' project to record the impact of benefit changes since 2013 on individuals and families across England and Wales. You can record your experiences through their system now.
The British Institute for Human Rights has made a workbook available for those with mental health or mental capacity issues and their advocates.
Shelter Legal is a website containing a wide variety of resources for housing professionals. The good news is that the comprehensive and up-to-date housing law resources are now available for free.
Law for Life has launched a new teaching guide – Section 21 eviction notices: learning about the process and developing strategies for dealing with private rented housing problems. This resource, intended for use with intermediaries in community organisations, focuses on the development of legal capability. We have used these materials with particular groups, such as migrants or people in receipt of social security benefits, who are more likely to be affected by poor housing conditions and unlawful evictions, and are least likely to report disrepair or rogue landlords.
Earlier this year, Hastings-based seAp won the 2017 Charity Times Award for their ground-breaking online web app which enables people across England and Scotland to access their expertise digitally. The organisation, which provides advocacy for people needing help to access their rights, beat seven other organisations – including the National Trust and Age UK – to win the award for the best use of technology.
Universal Credit is the biggest change ever made to the benefits system. By 2022, more than 7 million households will be receiving it, over half of whom will be in work. The aim of Universal Credit - to simplify the benefit system - is right. But it is currently failing too many people and forcing many into debt. Universal Credit is currently being rolled out across the country, but this process is set to accelerate from October 2017. Citizens Advice has already helped 47,000 people with Universal Credit and our evidence reveals a number of problems which need to be addressed. If roll-out is not paused to allow this to happen, 7 million households face financial risk. Summary & full report available here.
Hosted by LawWorks CEO, Martin Barnes and delivered by Angus King, Solicitor at Lambeth Law Centre and Ian Peacock of Arden Chambers, this webinar covers the legal issues to address when a person applies to the local authority to be housed and the criteria set out in local allocations policies, including housing options and prevention of homelessness duties. The Webinar was hosted and facilitated by Lexis Nexis.
The Advice Quality Standard - the quality mark for organisations providing advice on social welfare issues.
(Author: Lindsey Poole, Director at Advice Service Alliance) You might have heard people in the voluntary advice sector talk about the 'Advice Quality Standard' or AQS. But what is this thing and what does it tell you about the organisations who hold it?
Lasa have a developed a series of web tools, all designed to support citizens' access to justice in relation to social welfare law issues. Each tool uses a postcode to find local and national resources in the area. They currently have nationwide tools for Social care, Council tax, Universal Credit, personal independence payment and work capability assessment. An additional tool, Advicelocal, is available in London and provides a borough-by-borough guide to legal information and support. Get the widgets: If you have a website or blog, you can grab one of their widgets to add to your site for your visitors to use for free.
The Age UK network includes Age Scotland, Age Cymru and Age NI and more than 150 local Age UKs throughout England. Most of these can provide information and advice across a range of subjects including social security, social care, housing and other relevant issues. This page allows Litigants in Person to find out what services their local Age UK offers by entering a postcode.