Fighting for a better benefits system
#BetterBenefits for ourselves, for our families, and for other women
We call on the government to make vital changes to Universal Credit, so that women with convictions aren't failed by the system that's supposed to protect them.
Right now, too many women are struggling to keep their heads above water, never mind find work. Many are swept into poverty and debt after receiving a conviction, making reoffending more likely.
A reformed benefits system would offer safety and security for women with convictions, supporting them to find work and contribute positively to society.
We are calling for
A grant to see claimants through the first five weeks, instead of being saddled with debt.
All jobcentres to have staff specifically trained to support women with convictions and understand their needs.
A reduced cap on deductions so that claimants keep hold of more of their payment.
Full report and recommendations
Who are the Changemakers?
This group provides a platform for women with convictions to use their unique expertise and insights to drive the changes they want to see and improve the lives of other women with convictions. Together, we're fighting to transform the systems that hold women with convictions back.
We know what it's like first-hand to have a conviction. I don't think you can understand the impact a conviction has without living through it.Sonja Changemaker
Organisations supporting our call to action
- 4in10 London’s Child Poverty Network
- The Angelou Centre
- Birth Companions
- Centre for Women’s Justice
- Changing Lives
- Child Poverty Action Group
- Christians Against Poverty
- Clean Break
- Criminal Justice Alliance
- Disability Benefits Consortium
- The Howard League for Penal Reform
- Housing for Women
- Is it a Crime to be Poor? Alliance
- Khidmat Centres
- London Prisons Mission
- Lloyds Bank Foundation
- Match Mothers
- The Nelson Trust
- One Small Thing
- Prison Advice and Care Trust
- Prisoners’ Education Trust
- Revolving Doors Agency
- Solace Women’s Aid
- The St Giles Trust
- St Mungo’s
- Surviving Economic Abuse
- Transform Justice
- The Traveller Movement
- The Trussell Trust
- Women in Prison
- Women’s Budget Group
- The Zahid Mubarek Trust