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City, University of London, School of Health Sciences, Disability and Social Inclusion seminar

Source By: City University of London

Thursday, February 21st, 2019, 1pm–2.15pm

 

A Better WCA is Possible: How to reform the Work Capability Assessment

 

Venue: Room C312, Tait Building, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB (entrance through main Northampton Square University Building)

 

To book a place please email Doria Pilling: d.s.pilling@city.ac.uk

 

Speaker: Ben Baumberg Geiger, Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, University of Kent.

 

The Work Capability Assessment has been such a failure that some people seem to have abandoned hope that a better WCA is possible. The cause of WCA reform has not been helped by the absence of concrete, deliverable proposals for replacing it. Yet it is possible to create an assessment that more accurately assesses people’s capacity for work, using best practice from other countries and adapting them to suit the UK. This talk sets out how such a new assessment works, producing transparent and fair decisions based on the real demands of work in Britain.

 

Ben has worked extensively on issues around disability and the benefits system, including regular conversations with disabled people’s organisations, disability and social welfare charities, official bodies such as Select Committees, The National Audit Office and the Office for Budget Responsibility, and has had a short period on secondment at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)hh. He wrote the 2018 Demos report A Better WCA is possible

 

References

 

Baumberg Geiger, B. (2018) A Better WCA is Possible, Demos. Available at: http://www.benbgeiger.co.uk/files/2018_A_Better_WCA_is_possible_FULL.pdf

 

 

Other publications by Ben Baumberg Geiger can be found at:  http://www.benbgeiger.co.uk/publications.htm 

 

Please let us know if you have any special requirements

 

Directions to the venue at: https://www.city.ac.uk/visit 


Supporting Refugee Community Organisations

Source By: Refugee Council

Refugee Community Organisations (RCOs) play a vital role in facilitating refugee integration. With funding from City Bridge Trust, Refugee Council’s Supporting RCOs project is helping RCOs to develop services that best meet the needs of their communities and make their voices heard.

The Way Ahead: Civil Society at the heart of London 

London Funders, with funding from City Bridge Trust, commissioned research into the support needs of London’s civil society, including London’s diverse voluntary and community sectors. The resulting report, Way Ahead: Civil Society at the Heart of London, proposes a vision and system that puts London’s communities at the heart of the way Civil Society works. The Supporting RCOs Project is designed to enable RCOs to shape the development and implementation of this vision.

This means we are helping RCOs to:

  • Gain a stronger voice to express and meet their needs
  • Access support to adapt, evolve and innovate in a more challenging funding environment to sustain their programme activities
  • Collaborate and share information, intelligence and best practice to address the issues facing refugee communities across London

Find out more about The Way Ahead here

Free training and networking events to strengthen your organisation

We provide free organisational development training to RCOs. This includes fundraising and other forms of income generation, partnership development and collaboration, and measuring and demonstrating impact.

We also organise pan-London events to facilitate debate, share best practice and address common challenges. Involving refugees, RCO leaders, mainstream providers, policy makers and funders, they give RCOs the opportunity to contribute ideas on how best their needs can be met.

See upcoming training and events here

Click here to read more- https://www.refugeecouncil.org.uk/what_we_do/supporting_refugee_community_organisations


Thomas Wall Trust

Source By: Community Matters Yorkshire

The Thomas Wall Trust was established in 1920 for the "encouragement and assistance of educational work and social service" Today, the Trust continues to assist in these areas by providing grants to individuals and organisations. Grants of up to £1,000 are available for individuals and registered charities. To apply you should create an account on the website and request a form. Applications can be made at any time and will be considered at Trustee meetings held twice a year usually in July and November.

 

Click here for more information- http://www.community-matters.org.uk/web_app/article.php?id=950


All England Netball Association - Youth Trust

Source By: Community Matters Yorkshire

The All England Netball Association Youth Trust supports individuals and organisations in the development of sport for young people under the age of 21 in England. There is no minimum or maximum level of grant available, although funding is limited and applicants should bear this in mind.

 

Click here for more information- http://www.community-matters.org.uk/web_app/article.php?id=460


Boshier - Hinton Foundation - UK

Source By: Community Matters Yorkshire

The Boshier-Hinton Foundation exists to improve quality of life for people with disabilities or learning difficulties, and their families, by the awarding of grants.

 

Click here for more information- http://www.community-matters.org.uk/web_app/article.php?id=786


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