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Tyne and Wear Centre Against Unemployment


May 2023

On July 1st, Terry McPartlan from Tyne & Wear Centre Against Unemployment (TWCAU), will be part of our Question Time South Tyneside @ Boldon panel. Here's a quick overview of the work they do.

Campaigning against unemployment, the TWCAU charity supports unemployed people in the Tyne and Wear region to improve their life chances by offering advice, guidance and representation to those in contact with the Welfare Benefits system. Working with the Newcastle Fund, Newcastle Council's discretionary grant fund for voluntary and community sector organisations, they have developed the Claimant Representation Project, running regular courses on:

  • making successful benefit claims
  • Mandatory Reconsiderations - where claimants can challenge benefits, tax credits or child maintenance decisions
  • preparing for appeal tribunals for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) - offering claimants and/or their representatives support or representation at the hearings

Understanding not only the economic and social consequences but also the impact of unemployment on physical and mental health, TWCAU network with other sector organisations to develop projects for individuals and communities dealing with unemployment.

Are you interested in supporting the TWCAU? You can sign up to hear from them about their work here or make a donation (*TWCAU bank details below).

If you're interested in representing unemployed people, TWCAU welcome volunteers, no matter how much time you can spare - every bit of support is valued and appreciated!

*Tyne and Wear Centre Against Unemployment, Unity Trust Bank, Sort Code: 60-83-01, Account Number: 20358363