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InfoNOW News 16 July 2021



  • Using ReciteMe to tailor InformationNOW to your needs
  • European  Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

Opportunities for Action

  • Improving services and support for carers
  • Trussell Trust seeks your views if you are involved in a food bank
  • Newcastle Arts Team Artist in residence opportunities

Spotlight On

  • Living streets #CutTheClutter

Research & Reports

  • Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2021
  • Unequal pandemic, fairer recovery report and webinar


  • Go Smarter, Go Active Roadshow coming to Newcastle 26 July to 1 August
  • Kickstart Jobs for Young People 16 to 24 years old on Universal Credit

New on InformationNOW this week!

  • This week’s events & activities at a glance
  • Updated articles & organisations


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European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

General applications to the Scheme have now closed. From 1 July 2021, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals – and family members – need a valid immigration status to be in the UK. People can expect to be asked to show digital status. They can do this through their ‘view and prove’ account. Agencies including: NHS, HMRC (tax office) and Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) have automatic access to records to check a person’s eligibility. Private landlords and employers can confirm protected rights online. It remains the case that schools and nurseries do not need to check immigration status, but families are strongly urged to resolve immigration issues to avoid a problem when a child later looks for a job, training or to enter higher education.

For people who have applied to EUSS, but not had a decision, the Home Office says existing rights are preserved subject to a final approval on the application.

For people yet to apply, there are specific and limited circumstances under which the Home Office will look at a late application, but reasonable grounds for not applying before the 30 June deadline must be demonstrated and as soon as possible to avoid any serious impact on your rights and benefits . Applications should be made online.

InformationNOW has updated its article and Newcastle City Council has updated its EUSS webpage with a wide range of advice including how to get in touch with local organisations able to help individuals who might need that bit of extra assistance.

Opportunities for Action

Improving services and support for carers in Newcastle

Wednesday 28 July from 11am until 12.30pm 

We know that caring for someone can very rewarding, but we also know that it can be difficult at times.  Caring for someone throughout the COVID 19 pandemic has brought additional challenges as services have reduced or closed.  The pandemic has changed our thinking on the current offer of support for people new to a caring role or for those already in a caring role.

The organisations that provide services would like to work alongside and in partnership with carers to make improvements and get you actively involved in shaping support for carers in the future

As a carer you are invited to take part in a focus group/small discussion group  on Wednesday 28 July from 11am until 12.30pm

If you would like to take part in this or a future focus group, please contact Fiona Richardson, Carers Lead Officerby emailing

InformationNOW has articles on: Looking after someonecarers allowancecarers wellbeing fund

Trussell trust seeks your views if you are involved with a food bank 

Food banks are doing incredible work to provide emergency support for people across our cities.  Trussell Trust wants to bring people together to share their experiences and shape their work.

If you have personal experience of using a food bank, needing help to buy the basics, then they want to hear from you. There are lots of different ways you could be involved, depending on what feels most comfortable.

Complete the short form where you can indicate how you would like to get involved.

If you would like to discuss this matter, then staff at the West and East End Food banks are happy to help.  Contact

InformationNOW has articles on: food banks and free and emergency meals and free or cheap meals both in Newcastle. These pages are regularly updated.

Newcastle Arts Team Artist-in-Residence Opportunities 2021/22

Newcastle Arts Team would like to recruit professional artists to engage local people in their 2021/22 Residency Programme. They are particularly interested to hear from artists who can demonstrate clearly their ability to build strong, meaningful relationships with local participants through face-to face-and digital engagement as circumstances demand; artists who will ensure that the artwork is of the highest standard and which is relevant to and reflects project participants and audiences and is created on time and within agreed budget.

Their key aims are to explore creative ideas with participants and the communities they are part of; to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Newcastle’s many diverse communities and to leave a lasting legacy which enables local people to continue to develop their creative skills and practice after the residencies have ended.This year’s residency programme will provide opportunities to explore and respond to:

  • heritage on our doorstep
  • young people’s voices
  • women’s resilience and strength
  • what home means to people who have been rehoused into our city as asylum seekers and/or refugees.

Application deadline: 12 noon on Friday 27th August 2021.

For information about the fees, details and application and interview format contact Alison

Arts Producer-in-Residence for Newbiggin Hall

Newcastle Arts Development Team (NADT) and New Writing North (NWN) would like to appoint an Arts Producer-in-residence to work on the Newbiggin Hall Estate in the Outer West of Newcastle.  The Arts Producer will be integral to embedding the project on the estate and empowering community members to shape the activity offered. You will act as the contact and link between NADT, NWN, The Galafield Centre and the community and work across a variety of settings.The programme is expected to run between September 2021 and end of March 2022.

Deadline for the submission of applications: Friday 30th July 2021 at 5pm

For information about the fees, details and application and interview format contact Alison

Spotlight on …

Living Streets #CutTheClutter Week Of Action, 12 to 18 July

Living Streets is campaigning this week for us to map and cut the clutter on our pavements, supported by Guide Dogs, RNIB and Transport for All.
Street clutter might seem trivial, but it is a serious problem. It can make getting around hazardous, especially for disabled people, older people and those with young children. If we really want our streets to be safer and easier for walking we can all map the problem.  Issues that have been raised include: misplaced bins, badly-positioned electric vehicle chargers, abandoned hire bikes or scooters, overgrown hedges and pavement parking.

All you need to do is:

1. Take a walk in your local area and see if you can spot any clutter

2. Add what you find, with or without a photo, to their interactive map.

3. Repeat step 2 if you have more than one issue.

Living Streets is keen to get us all actively choosing to walk rather than drive; it’s good for us and for the environment.  A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s less than half. They  want to reverse this decline.They want children to be energised and empowered and to make walking to school their natural choice. Next year, they will be running walk to school week in May and they welcome community involvement in their walking friends, small steps and walking reminiscence initiatives.

InformationNOW has articles on: walking and health

Research & Reports

Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2021

This Institute for Fiscal Studies report examines how household incomes were changing in the UK up to the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how other measures of household living standards have changed over the course of the pandemic.  Findings include:

  • overall measures of relative poverty (measured after housing costs are deducted) were essentially unchanged in recent years, at 22%, the same level as in 2007–08. However, relative child poverty has continued to creep up, and in 2019/20 was 4 percentage points higher than in 2011/12 (a rise of 700,000 children).
  • the fraction of non-pensioners in relative poverty who live in a working household rose from 56% to 67% between 2007/08 and 2019/20.This was due to a combination of more households with someone in work and a rising rate of poverty among such households.
  • 55 to 64 year olds have seen rising relative poverty, up to 21% pre-pandemic compared with 17% in 2010/12, at least in part due to a higher state pension age for women.
  • the proportion of people belonging to ethnic minorities who are in arrears on bills rose from 12% in 2018/19 to 21% in April/May 2020 (compared with a rise from 5% to 6% for white people) and there were also increases in people from ethnic minorities reporting financial difficulties. By early 2021, there was a partial recovery for ethnic minorities, with 15% behind on their bills, but the gap remained wider than pre-pandemic.

InformationNOW has information on: low incomemoney and benefits

Unequal pandemic, fairer recovery report and webinar

Earlier this month, a new report was produced by the Health Foundation’s COVID-19 impact inquiry. Drawing on a broad range of sources, the inquiry report considers two main questions:

  1. How were people’s experiences of the pandemic influenced by their pre-existing health and health inequalities?
  2. What is the likely impact of actions taken in response to the pandemic on the nation’s health and health inequalities – now and in the future?

Conclusions include:

  •  in recovery, there is an opportunity to create a healthier, more resilient society. Government must address the root causes of poor health and invest in people and their communities – their jobs, housing, education and communities.
  • ensuring the recovery improves health – as well as the economy – requires cross-government action to level up health. This will pay dividends for the nation’s health and prosperity in the longer term.

For more information or to read the report please click here.  Watch the webinar launching the report on 6 July.


Go Smarter, Go Active Roadshow coming to Newcastle 26th July to 1st  August

This summer sees the launch of the first ever Go Smarter, Go Active Roadshow – a free, fun, seven week event programme. Go Smarter, Go Active are touring the North East on a mission to help thousands of people pick up new cycling skills and confidence. Whatever your age or ability, there will be something to help you learn to ride, get your bike back on the road and most importantly, have fun!

The road show is coming to Newcastle’s Exhibition Park on 26 July – 1 August. All sessions are free.

InformationNOW has an article on fitness activities with a section on cycling which links to organisations supporting women, men and families to cycle

Kickstart Jobs for Young People 16 to 24 years old on Universal Credit

Do you work with young people or have a child who’s out of work and claiming Universal Credit? The Kickstart scheme provides 6 months paid employment along with support to develop employability and work related skills. Currently there are hundreds of vacancies available in all sectors with more in the pipeline.

If you want to find out more about Kickstart, contact the Skills Hub Young people can also speak to their work coach at the Jobcentre or view a selection of the vacancies on their website once they have registered.

You may also know of an employer who would like to offer an opportunity to a young person. More employer information on the Government website.

InformationNOW has an article on: looking for work

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Last updated: July 22, 2021

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