Islington People’s Rights is turning 50! For events to celebrate this, please see IPR@50.
Tuesday 19th November 6.30pm at City University, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB
The AGM of Islington People’s Rights (IPR) is always an interesting and informative event, and is taking place on Tuesday 19th November at 6.30pm. This year it is taking place at City University. The IPR AGM is in many ways more of a public meeting, and this year marks our 50th Anniversary, so we are hoping for a particularly good attendance.
This year, speakers confirmed to date are: Cllr Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council, and John Muldoon, former chair of Islington People’s Rights, who was involved with the organisation for several decades. Other speakers also invited, confirmations awaited. After the speakers and formal parts of the meeting there will be refreshments and a chance to mingle with trustees, staff, partners and clients. Registration essential and tell us if you have any special dietary requirements.
This event forms part of the IPR@50 initiative that marks the 50th Anniversary of Islington People’s Rights. It is taking place during an unprecedented period of welfare reforms, notably related to the roll out of Universal Credit. Islington People’s Rights is striving to ensure that vulnerable residents are able to access the specialist welfare benefits and debt advice that they need.
Free event, all welcome, but please register by the 14th November 2019 through https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/islington-peoples-rights-2019-agm-tickets-73427574853
Download a copy of our IPR Annual Review 2018 (PDF)
Chair’s Report, 2018
Welcome to our 2018 Annual Review. It’s been quite a year! We’ve expanded our services, moving into financial literacy work that supports our clients in dealing with money issues longer-term; we’ve helped more vulnerable people find solutions to their problems and have been instrumental in driving forward the debate about the impact of Universal Credit on Islington residents. Although we’re open to everyone, we mainly work on the margins of society with people who are hard to reach and whose problems, if left unchecked, can have a dramatic effect on their lives. To do this most effectively within our resources we have concentrated on governance this year.
Good governance is at the heart of any successful long-term operation and we simply cannot cut corners. We have refreshed the Trustee Board, ensured new measures for control and oversight are in place and instigated an improved business and work planning cycle. This demonstrates to our stakeholders that we are an organisation that knows its business, knows its direction and knows how to turn words into action.
Our plans over the coming years are fivefold:
- To ensure we know exactly who we are helping by gathering better data;
- To reach and help more people;
- To support our brilliant staff team and develop our own talent;
- To diversify our income further to build resilience;
- To be a positive agent for change in Islington and beyond.
We have made great strides with this plan already yet there is much work still to be done. Universal Credit is now in place in Islington and already we are seeing some
of the devastating effects this chronically under-resourced system is having on our clients. We are pleased that its effects have gained so much national attention and
we will continue to raise endemic issues with our MPs (Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry) and in the wider advice community and fight for our clients for positive
Once again, my thanks go to my fellow trustees for their hard work, dedication, insight and scrutiny; to Islington Council for their continued support and their desire
to understand the problems we are dealing with; to our many funders who make the work we do possible and, of course, to our volunteers and staff team who make it all
a reality by delivering the help to the people of Islington.
Tuesday 13 November 6.30pm at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA
The AGM of Islington People’s Rights is always an interesting and informative event, and is in many ways more of a public meeting.
Speakers confirmed to date are: Jeremy Corbyn MP (Islington North); Cllr Richard Watts, Leader of Islington Council; Dan Norris, Head of Advice and Rights, at the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG); and Linda Perham, Chair of the Thames Water Trust Fund. Whilst Jeremy Corbyn intends to speak important parliamentary business or other matters could intervene.
After the speakers and formal parts of the meeting there will be refreshments and a chance to mingle with trustees, staff, partners and clients. Please contact us if you have any special dietary requirements.
This event is taking place during an unprecedented period of welfare reforms, notably the roll-out of Universal Credit. Islington People’s Rights is striving to ensure that vulnerable residents are able to access the specialist welfare benefits and debt advice that they need.
Free event, all welcome, but please register by the 8th November 2018 through https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/islington-peoples-rights-2018-agm-tickets-28688000582
Monday 17 September, 12noon to 5pm, the Great Hall, London Metropolitan University
The Great Hall, London Metropolitan University, 166-220 Holloway Road, London N7 8DB (map)
This conference is being organised by Islington Advice Alliance, following the full roll out of Universal Credit in the borough from the 20 June 2018. It is aimed at community and voluntary organisations in the borough, to ensure they have an understanding of the implications of this major welfare reform for their clients and service users. There will be informative speakers, plus ample opportunities for discussions, conversations and networking. A free lunch will be provided from 12.30pm.
Islington Advice Alliance brings together Islington People’s Rights, Islington Law Centre and Citizens Advice Islington, working together to support the local community. We also acknowledge the support of Islington Council and funding from the Big Lottery Fund, that helped make this conference possible.
Conference Programme and Timings
12.30pm -1.30pm Lunch and Networking. Information Stalls
1.30pm Opening Plenary. Chair, Matt Brown, Islington People’s Rights
Speakers: Cllr Richard Watts, Leader, Islington Council; Joe Julier, Lead User Researcher, Dept of Work and Pensions (DWP); Dan Norris, Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)
2.15pm Universal Credit; the experience to date
Speakers: Mohamed Maslax, Community Language Support Services (CLSS); Mulat Haregot, Islington BAMER Advice Alliance (IBAA); Ruth Hayes, Islington Law Centre
Break 2.45pm and 3pm. Tea, Coffee, Biscuits.
3pm. Workshop Sessions.
- Impact on Housing and Rent Arrears
- The Digital Process; access, challenges and solutions
- Food Poverty and Fuel Poverty
- Support for claimants; peer support, campaigns and other initiatives.
- Overpayments, sanctions, changes of circumstances and other challenges.
4pm Closing Panel. The Whole Community Response. Responding to the key points and questions
4.30pm. Final Networking. 5pm Conference ends.
Free to attend, but registration essential, by the 13th September, through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/universal-credit-in-islington-a-whole-community-response-tickets-48799623989