Welfare or unfair; will the reforms work for homeless people ?
On the 21st of June 2011 at the Arlington Conference Centre in London a conference organised by Crisis took place. The representative of Barka UK Social Economy Centre attended it. Speakers’ representatives from Government, Financial Times, Crisis, Employment Related Service Association, Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, Minister of Employment, the Opposition party leaders and others debated over welfare system impact on homelessness in current economic climate
and near future It was confirmed that current government plans for welfare and public sector reform, including Work Program and cuts shakes up whole system already with deeper impact in next few years ahead. Current DWP and Government plans for reform based on Work Capability Assessments should be supported to ensure vulnerable people end up getting help to enter employment market and obtain the right benefits once they are looking for a job. There were also workshops and networking sessions between speaker’s presentations where we had chance to discuss our points and views on current welfare programs. Specialist from Barka UK and representatives of Crisis run workshop called: Central and Eastern Europeans: where next? We discussed the unique and complex issues EE migrants face in the UK and how good practices in place implemented by Barka UK or Crisis, both in cooperation with OAK Foundation help them into employment. It was confirmed that recent lifting restrictions to some welfare benefits give opportunity for more vulnerable Eastern European people to access
them. There is a fact that no information about it is distributed around and more intensive checks by Jobcentre Plus and other agencies on EE migrants and their status should be in place.
Please find other discussed matters during all workshops on attachedagenda in attachment. Crisis Conference note. Crisis Conference 2011