UCAN, a forum seeking to bring together trade unionists, welfare rights and debts experts, TRAs and anyone interested in organising campaigns against the cause of poverty in Britain and raise awareness for wider public benefit.
UCAN's aim is to connect with people, campaign to raise awareness of poverty related issues to bring about positive outcomes for communities in financial struggle.
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Public Meeting with Positive Money Tower Hamlets & UCAN on Universal Credit & Managed Migration
UCAN and Positive Money Tower Hamlets organised a public meeting, supported from Tower Hamlets Community Housing Association to promote public awareness of universal credit. There are a number of myths and pitfalls members of the public need to know about it; managed migration is one of those things that this meeting is to address.
See you on 11 March 2020 at 7pm at Minerva Community Centre, Bethnal Green.
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.
UNIVERSAL CREDIT ACTION NETWORK CORONAVIRUS IMPACT: A LESSON FOR US TO LEARN Universal Credit: the wait for a first payment - an Inquiry Response to the Parliamentary Committee’s acceptance of evidence to call on Universal Credit: The wait for a first payment —— ‘TO WHAT EXTENT HAVE THE MITIGATIONS THE GOVERNMENT HAS INTRODUCED SO FAR (E.G. ADVANCE PAYMENTS) HELPED TO REDUCE THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OF THE FIVE WEEK WAIT FOR UC CLAIMANTS?’ UCAN’S RESPONSE: A SUMMARY Universal Credit Action Network (UCAN) believes that a reduction from six to five weeks waiting period has not made any significant improvements to the financial position of claimants on Universal Credit (UC). Peobody Trust, one of the largest housing associations in the country, mentioned in its published report in October 2019: The Impact of Universal Credit , which outlines that 76% of Peobody Trust tenants on UC are in rent arrears. It also stated that five weeks waiting period ha
About this event UPDATED TIMETABLE!!! Link to the event here The impact of the pandemic exposed huge disparities in access to decent housing. The removal of support measures for those impacted by the pandemic, the spike in living costs, including food and fuel, along with the threat of rent and service charge hikes across both social and private sector housing, all mean the housing crisis is continuing to damage health, livelihoods, families and communities. Women, black and ethnic minorities are still bearing the brunt of discrimination. But if we work together we can fight this. New housing groups continue to emerge and win their struggles, such as the Action for Fire Safety Justice Campaign that pressured property developers to take responsibility for cladding costs. We need to challenge the power of developers and the government who continue to prioritise profit over people and the environment. The aim of the summit is to build strong networked national housing campaigns for the co