Z2K board elects new Chair

MickMick McAteer has been elected by Z2K’s board of trustees as the Trust’s new Chair. Mick is a seasoned financial campaigner and he is looking forward to bringing his expertise to bear at a time when the need for Z2K’s services is greater than ever. He is the founder and Director of The Financial Inclusion Centre, a UK based not-for-profit think tank that promotes fair, inclusive, efficient and accountable financial markets.

Mick is also Chairman of the European Commission’s Financial Services User Group (FSUG), a board member of the CARITAS (Westminster) Advisory Board, and member of the Registry Trust Consumer Panel. Continue reading

Vaccancy: Welfare Benefits Project Caseworker

Z2K has received funding for an exciting new project with South West London Law Centres (SWLLC). SWLLC are recruiting for new Casework position for the project, that will be based both at SWLLC in Wandsworth and Z2K.

The new Caseworker will be working with, supervising and mentoring trained students to provide welfare rights advice as well as help in directing to other legal services and sources of help. The project aims to ensure up to 1,200 families take steps to prevent themselves from falling back into crisis, our support network will enable destitute clients to work towards improving their lives, once post crisis point is past.

For details of how to apply click here.

Government defeated in the Lords over Housing Bill

housingcrisis1In the past couple of weeks, Peers have yet again been turning the screw on ministers without the majority needed to get their most controversial plans through the House of Lords. This time it is the Government’s dreadful Housing & Planning Bill, which has been under intense pressure. And just as with their rejection of the Chancellor’s tax credits cuts before Christmas and more recent insistence that relative income-poverty should continue to be one of the measurements of child poverty, Peers have not been afraid to vote down legislation they don’t like during the Bill’s Report Stage. Continue reading

Humanity homes hostel a continued success

A-rough-sleeper-on-the-st-007I have visited our new Humanity Homes hostel a couple of times recently and have been so impressed by the work going on there.

This particular house is an ideal place in which to start such a project because it has been recently decorated and done up and, as a result, it is very clean, smart and comfortable. In fact it is so nice that we worry that the residents will be very reluctant to move on as it will be difficult for us to find them anywhere that is as nice. Continue reading