IPR Advice Plus
Islington People’s Rights (IPR) is working hard to meet the challenge of the Covid-19 crisis. IPR Advice Plus delivers additional targeted specialist advice around welfare benefits and debt matters to residents most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Most of our services are currently delivered by phone and online with IPR Caseworkers working from home. IPR Advice Plus can assist disabled residents who need additional help at this time around welfare benefits and to address debt issues, particularly if they have underlying health conditions, and are at high risk in relation to Covid-19. We are also able to assist those with mental health issues, who may have struggled since lockdown, with benefits or debt issues. We can also help those with low literacy and IT skills who need extra support to access benefits, or to tackle their debt issues. If you need help with debt problems or welfare benefits advice, get help through the IPR Advice Plus project. Contact the IPR Advice Line on 020 7561 3685 on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday between 2 and 4pm.
This project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, and runs to 31st March 2021.
Islington Direct is an IPR partnership project with Islington Law Centre (ILC), and delivery began in January 2020. A successful bid to the Partnership Programme of National Lottery Community Fund meant that IPR secured three years of new funding for this project. Complementing our Core Service, Islington Direct provides effective and holistic advice services addressing debt problems, maximising incomes from welfare benefits, supporting individuals around homelessness and housing, and tackling immigration issues. The Windrush Scandal highlighted some of the challenges certain UK residents face. Even residents who are able to get their status resolved can encounter real barriers and delays in getting the essential income they are entitled to.
Islington Direct provides the capacity to work with the most vulnerable residents in the borough, and address key challenges faced by those living in poverty by delivering tailored and specialist advice. It assists those with complex issues which cut across different areas of need and maximises the impact across the two organisations. To access the Islington Direct project, which provides debt, welfare benefits, housing and immigration advice and casework support, call the IPR Telephone Advice Line open Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays 2-4pm on 020 7561 3685.
Many families with children with disabilities or long term health conditions have financial difficulties, and do not access their full entitlement of benefits. Often they get in debt as they have little time or knowledge to negotiate the bureaucracy. Disability Living Allowance (DLA) remains for children under the age of 16, but it is a complicated application process needing an appeal if turned down.
IPR KidsSupport is a dedicated service for Islington families with children with disabilities or long term health conditions, that was launched in December 2018. It can assist with DLA Child Applications, Appeals, Tax credits and other matters that would assist such families. It includes appointments at the IPR main office in Holloway. We already had existing demand from families with children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as well as autism. We will link up with specialist organisations locally to ensure that families with children who have learning difficulties, autism and physical disabilities, to ensure they know about the service. Initial funding has been secured from Cloudesley and we are seeking further funds to develop the IPR KidsSupport initiative further.
To find out more about IPR KidsSupport, or for advice and appointments, ring the IPR Telephone Advice Line on 020 7561 3685 on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday between 2pm and 4pm.
Islington Water Debt Advice Project
Islington People’s Rights (IPR) is launching the Islington Water Debt Advice Project, in April 2018, with 2 year funding from the Thames Water Trust Fund. This project offers a face to face specialist debt advice and casework service, delivered by an experienced debt caseworker to Islington residents. The focus will be on those with water debts, but the service can assist with other debts, notably utility debts. The service will help people in debt to maximise their income and better manage their debt. It will also help them to develop sustainable repayment plans and correctly prioritise debts. The service will encourage individuals to better understand budgeting and how to manage their money effectively, and be delivered through one to one appointments.
Residents with debts can contact IPR for an appointment, by ringing the telephone advice line on 020 7561 3685 between 2 and 4pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
Organisations can also contact IPR if they have members or clients with debts, particularly those that work with vulnerable members of the local community.
Financial Skills for Life
Islington People’s Rights (IPR) has a new financial education programme, targeted at the most vulnerable individuals and groups in our community. The Financial Skills for Life programme helps individuals to increase their long-term money-management skills and financial awareness, and links to the debt advice work delivered by IPR. This programme benefits those at risk of becoming financially excluded due to poverty, mental illness, homelessness and other factors. Financial Skills for Life is funded by the Natwest Skills and Opportunities Fund.
We provide one-to-one support sessions that focus on debt awareness, budgeting and planning ahead financially, at our offices at The Manor Gardens Centre in Holloway, with one our experienced specialist caseworkers. Clients can book an appointment or contact us for financial capability support, or debt advice, by ringing the IPR Advice Line on 020 7561 3685 on Monday, Tuesday or Friday between 2 and 4pm.
Our Access+ project works with Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) organisations based in Islington.
IPR already has excellent links with BAMER organisations and we are now building on those links by offering BAMER community members specialist advice directly to them.
We are one of the few organisations to deliver specialist advice sessions at BAMER venues.
The organisations we currently work with are:
- Islington Somali Community
- Eritrean Community in the UK
- Latin American Women’s Rights Service
- Islington Chinese Association
- The Arab Advice Bureau.
Since November 2014, we have been providing debt and welfare benefits advice and representation to members of these communities through outreach sessions at their organisations.
Access+ also involves us training staff at the BAMER organisations to enable them to deal with benefits and debt issues better themselves in the first instance and to be able to signpost accurately.
Thanks to this project, clients can see us in a venue they already know, with people around who they trust and who they can communicate with in their native language.
Access + has enabled IPR to give specialist advice to Islington residents who may not otherwise have accessed our service due to language or cultural barriers.
If you are a member of one of the community groups listed, you can make an appointment to see us at the venue you visit.
This project is funded by a two year grant from Trust for London.
Are you an Islington Resident and do you need help with your disability-related benefits, such as Employment Support Allowance (ESA), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)? If so, we can help!
Disabled people have been some of the hardest hit by Welfare Reform, especially those on housing benefit, sickness and disability benefits, and those with families and children.
IPR began delivery of the Disability Focus project in November 2013. The aim of the project is to provide extra support to Islington disabled residents at this time of major welfare benefit changes. The project is now funded by the Henry Smith Charity, The Three Oaks Trust and various other funders.
Disabled Islington residents can phone our advice line on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays 2-4pm on 020 7561 3685. Appointments are held on Wednesday afternoons at the Manor Gardens Centre.
The IPR Advance project ran from October 2013 to September 2016, thanks to a three-year grant from City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charity.
Advance focused on helping ex-offenders, particularly those affected by drug and alcohol issues, with their welfare benefits and debt problems. The sessions formed part of a package of support for the client that improves their resettlement and helps to reduce re-offending rates. Income maximisation is key to this client group, who often find themselves struggling to get their lives back together following release from custody. The project complemented the activities of specialist drugs and alcohol agencies and the Probation Service in Islington by ensuring that their clients had access to specialist advice. Working with these agencies, IPR helped break the cycle of offending and re-offending and put in place the building blocks for more stable lives in the community.
Further funding is sought to continue delivering this important work supporting ex-offenders, particularly those affected by drug and alcohol issues.