Since the government reforms to welfare, advice charities have found that demand for their services has increased dramatically. Recent figures from the Citizens Advice Bureau – the first port of call for many people seeking advice on benefit cuts, caps and conditions – revealed a 39% increase in demand for its services compared to five years ago, reporting a dramatic increase in complex and critical cases requiring urgent attention.
Last year Z2K was awarded Big Lottery funding to join the Reform Advice in Westminster (RAW) Project. The project aims to reduce the demand for advice by highlighting systemic problems in the delivery of welfare services and working with local government departments, local councils and the courts and tribunals service to improve the delivery of these services across the borough. Continue reading
Z2K is pleased to once again be supporting Benefits Awareness Month, an annual campaign hosted by the charity Turn2us encouraging people in financial need to check their entitlements to welfare benefits.
With over half of the 13 million people living in poverty in the UK now from working households the campaign this year focuses on low income working families. Continue reading
Yesterday the pressure continued to mount on the governments increasingly discredited Work Capability Assessment (WCA).
The Work and Pensions Select Committee began their inquiry into the WCA with their first evidence session with Joanna Kennedy, Chief Executive of Z2K, and witnesses from Mind, Scope, Citizens Advice and Parkinson’s UK all united in their damning evidence on the broken WCA system. You can watch the evidence session above and read the transcript here. Continue reading