In November 2015, Z2K’s Chief Executive, Joanna Kennedy, gave evidence to the Work & Pensions Select Committee as part of its inquiry into the Local Welfare Safety Net. Watch here to see why we are so concerned about the “localisation” of Council Tax Support and the Discretionary Social Fund, and the reliance on Discretionary Housing Payments for tenants of social and private landlords.
Last Saturday, I was privileged to attend a memorial service for Z2K’s founder – the Reverend Paul Nicolson. It was a deeply moving occasion, with wonderful stories of Paul’s life from his children and tributes from colleagues in the many campaigns he was involved in. My kids will testify I’m not much of a singer, but even I got swept up in the rousing rendition of the Battle Hymn of the Republic – aka “Mine eyes have seen the glory”. Thankfully, the congregation of Tottenham’s St Paul the Apostle church was on hand to sing it the way it’s meant to be sung!