The Norfolk Community Advice Network (NCAN) is a Big Lottery funded project set up to improve access to free, high quality social welfare advice, information, advocacy, and representation services for those living or working in Norfolk.

Our aim is to build a strong, effective and inclusive network of advice agencies in Norfolk and to support the advice sector in this region in contributing to strategic objectives locally and nationally in the areas of social inclusion, tackling poverty and other disadvantage.

Regional Updates

Domestic Abuse Job Vacancy
The Norfolk Domestic Abuse Champions Network are currently recruiting for a Domestic Abuse Change Coordinator for North Norfolk, East Norfolk and Broadland. This is a temporary contract until 31st May in the first instance. Secondments will be considered for this post. Find out more, please click here or contact  Read full article
Domestic Abuse Networking Event
There is a Domestic Abuse Champions Networking Event on the 16th December from 9:30am until 12:30pm.The event will be an incredible opportunity to meet with other Domestic Abuse champions, hear talks from guest speakers, promote your service, and eat mince pies (it is also on NCC Christmas Jumper Day). Read full article

Training and Events

Equal lives- Info and Advice sessions throughout Norfolk
Equal Lives run information and advice sessions throughout Norfolk. These sessions will provide support regarding issues including finding information to help you make decisions, making sure your views are listened to at meetings or appointments, benefits issues and advice, making a complaint and importantly getting access to the services you need.    Read full article
Universal Credit: Conditionality and Sanctions seminar
The Child Poverty Action Group have organised a seminar covering the changes to Universal Credit. The seminar focuses on the conditionality regime and how the rules will work for parents with young children, carer’s and those with health problems, also providing an opportunity for claimant advisers to think about ways of both ensuring the conditionality rules are applied to claimants in the most beneficial way for them and remedies for when things go wrong.  With expert speakers and dates in both Manchester and London, book now to avoid disappointment!      Read full article

National News Roundup

Lower benefit cap comes into effect
The Department for Work & Pensions have introduced changes to the benefit cap that workless households can receive. The cap comes into effect on 7th November 2016, reducing the total amount of benefits  to £20,000 across the UK or £23,000 within Greater London.  Read full article
The Crisis in the Justice System
The Bach Commission have released their interim report regarding access to justice. It highlights issues with the justice system which include the bureacracy in the Legal Aid Agency which is costly and time consuming, and that fewer people can access financial support. It also looks at how we can make justice a reality and recommends a reform to Legal Aid and an increase in the availability of legal advice. Read full article

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