Launch of NRAS Welsh Campaigns Network
NRAS has launched a Welsh Campaigns Network. The network consists of six Welsh Ambassadors from across the country who have been trained up to undertake campaigning work. The new recruits underwent a three-day training programme in Cardiff and Maidenhead in order to prepare for the role.
In addition to this, Welsh Ambassadors attended a ‘Meet the Patients’ constituents drop-in event in the Welsh Assembly in June to coincide with RA Awareness Week. The event was kindly sponsored by Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee, David Rees AM. The event was very successful and in total 19 Assembly Members attended.
Publication of the Work and Pensions Select Committee report on the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
NRAS, alongside several other charities, has been continuing to campaign on unfair treatment of people with progressive conditions within ESA. We undertook briefings with politicians and officials in the run up to the publication of the Work and Pensions Select Committee report on ESA.
NRAS case study material was cited in the main report and the Committee’s recommendations endorsed three of our collective campaign asks: recommending that DWP changes its practice so that claimants with a prognosis of unlikely to return to work are allocated to the Support Group and not to the Work-Related Activity Group; calling for the number of reassessments for people with progressive conditions to be reduced; and pressing for assessors to have suitable and sufficient experience of progressive, fluctuating conditions.