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Former Debt Adviser secretly tells UCAN of MaPS contract

Due to fear of being penalised by their employer,  a former debt adviser secretly explains working under Money Advice Pension Service (MaPS) contract. ' MaPS very nearly broke me, and I had to leave debt advice altogether in order to have a quality of life. ' 'The MaPS contract, and in particular its nonsensically onerous DAPA requirements, ended over 20 years of dedicated service with an organisation I had expected to retire working for. The MaPS contract nearly destroyed my physical and emotional health, and that of other long-term, incredibly hardworking debt advisers, who were also left with no option but to change their career direction after 10-20 years and leave to work for other charities or housing associations. The MaPS contract turned both debt advisers and clients into faceless commodities; it was all about the numbers without consideration for the impact its unrealistic and unachievable DAPA requirements have on both debt advice staff and, as a result, clients.
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Fuel Poverty workshop organised by Positive Money delivered by UCAN

The price of fuel is going up, inflation is also going up, already 9 fuel suppliers have gone bust and £20 cut on universal credit which Rishi Sunak addressed by changing taper rate from 63p to 55p for working claimants. In coming months many vulnerable communities may face hardship.  Positive Money Hackney and Positive Money Tower Hamlets called for a Facebook live and in person public meeting on 10 Nov 2021 to raise awareness of fuel poverty. Ripon Ray, founder of UCAN gave members of the public of insight into the fuel industry and your rights against suppliers when they go bust.

Proposals by MaPS threaten the future of debt advice

Proposals to slash key debt advice funding will add to what is already a ‘perfect storm’ for the most vulnerable people in society with Unite warning that advice deserts will open up across England if the moves to halve the funding for face-to-face debt advice go ahead. The warning from Unite coincides with the start of this year’s Talk Money Week, an annual campaign to get the nation talking about money organised by the Money and Pension Advice Service (MaPS). MaPS is the biggest funder of free debt advice in England and is directly funded by the government via the Department for Work and Pensions and has significant input from the Treasury. MaPS have put all the contracts they have in place with advice providers out for tender and Unite is really worried about the lack of public detail about what requirements MaPS set out in its tender document. What they are hearing so far is alarming: A reduction of face-to-face advice in favour of telephone and online delivery creating a postcode

Campaign against fuel Poverty

The price of fuel is going up, inflation is also going up, already 9 fuel suppliers have gone bust and £20 cut on universal credit which Rishi Sunak addressed by changing taper rate from 63p to 55p for working claimants. In coming months many vulnerable communities may face hardship.  Positive Money Hackney and Positive Money Tower Hamlets call for a Facebook live and in person public meeting to raise awareness of fuel poverty. Join us to understand about the fuel industry and your rights against suppliers.

Benefit Sanctions: Help Shape a Fairer System

Public Law Project calls for insight into benefit sanctions. Do you have experience of benefit sanctions? The   Public Law Project   is researching the barriers that claimants face when challenging benefit sanctions.  As part of this we are keen to speak to:   ·            Benefit claimants   who have been sanctioned by DWP (either recently or in the past) ·            Advisors   and other individuals who have experience of providing advice or other support to sanctioned claimants. Taking part would involve a one-off phone or video call with PLP’s Research Fellow, Caroline Selman, to hear about your experience of the sanctioning process.  Your insights will be used to help shape a strategy for improving access to justice for claimants who have been unfairly or unlawfully sanctioned.   Further information, including how we ensure the   confidentiality and safe processing of any information you provide , is available on our website here :   https://publiclawproject.org.uk/latest/benefits

DPAC calls for AudioRiot Campaign

  'DPAC hasn’t gone away!', it says. Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) are back to doing and they are going to be louder than ever!  This government is not listening to communities who are suffer when we say  #CancelTheCut  to Universal Credit and give  #20More4All   So DPAC campaign to start an  #AudioRiot  to make the government listen to suffering communities!  DPAC will not be silenced.     Sadly, the legacy benefit court case that was due to be heard on 28-29 September 2021 is delayed due to a lack of a judge. You can read about it here:  https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/4428-legacy-benefits-case-delayed-due-to-lack-of-a-judge 'But there is plenty more for everyone to get involved in!,' says DPAC How you can get involved: Support on social media using hashtags  #20More4All #CancelTheCut #StopAndScrapUniversalCredit #IncreaseDisabilityBenefits #UniversalDisCredit Put up a poster and give out posters, leaflets and stickers in your local areas. Email  mail@dpa

Ministry of Justice Quarterly Eviction Rate

All possession actions by both landlords and mortgage providers have reduced significantly following Covid-19 impact and associated actions The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announcements and the passing of the Coronavirus Act in March 2020 means that possession actions of all types initially dropped to unprecedentedly low levels and are now starting to recover. As a result, the data is unlikely to be representative of general trends in possession actions. Caution should therefore be used when interpreting and applying these figures. Mortgage claims, orders, warrants and repossessions have decreased significantly when compared to pre-Covid levels Compared to the same quarter in 2020, which was the start of Covid19 pandemic, all mortgage actions increased by over 100%. Mortgage possession claims increased from 161 to 2,498, orders from 146 to 402, warrants from 10 to 513 and repossessions by county court bailiffs increased from 3 to 44. However when compared to 2019, pre Covid19 mo