From a Star Blogger in the Making (She has been tentatively dubbed 'Can-Do Cat Woman' though she claims that she has no idea what her 'byline' should be.)
Welfare conference at Trade Union Congress on Friday 27 February 2015 — Outline Summary
- Introduction of Helen Flanagan (PCS): Vice President of the DWP Group of Public & Commercial Services Union who is responsible for Jobcentre issues.
11.30 am: Workshops:
KUWG members who assisted at the Welfare
Conference were Alan, Ben, Gisele, Joan, Abby, Liam, Leigh and
Pauline. (Robin was one of the organisers.) There were about 100
people who attended the conference and these were divided into four
Conditionality and Work Capability Assessment.
- DPACactive members,
- Boycott Workfare
Coalition Against Poverty (Mohammed),
some members of PCS,
- a disabled claimant and
- similar group as ours and many more.
2- Contribution or a right? Who gets what benefits, when and why?
3- Work: Workfare, internship, apprenticeship and traineeships.
4- Equality: Making it a reality in Welfare.
12.45: Feedback from workshops with what should be included in the DWP legislation (the combination of all the above workshops).
14.25: Richard Exell (TUC)
14.45 Ideas sessions. Mapping a welfare system.
Discussion in mapping a Charter (more or less):
Unconditional income that hasn’t been defined completely
- Banned sanctions for good
- £10 hourly work rate ('Living Wage')
- Jobcentres should advise the claimants. (This advisory role should not be surrendered to an external agency.)
- Workfare that is mandatory should be banned
- Free Education and proper training
- Only doctors, specialists and the claimants should be involve in assessing ESA and other health benefits not ATOS or MAXIMUS.
- Financial Help for families’ carers.