Just a quick note to say goodbye to everyone on Rightsnet whom I have interacted with over the years.
On 28th May I will retire from welfare rights work after more than 40 years. It’s been a long road with many victories, some set-backs, numerous quirky experiences, many happy memories and immense professional pride.
It’s interesting to see how the basic need for justice for claimants and the institutional obstinacy and introspection of the DWP has changed little apart from some window dressing over nearly half a century.
You all have a really important role in not only protecting the legal rights of marginalised people and providing practical steps to combat poverty, but most important of all, you uphold the rule of law which is one of the foundations of any democracy and which ensures that all are treated equally before the law and that the state is held to account.