Committee vacancies - would you be a welfare officer?

LFB AS we went to press was seeking a new welfare officer, since David Wilkins has left for a position abroad.

He was one of two welfare officers whose job is to offer confidential support for members in serious trouble, whether through illness, personal or family tragedy or bereavement, or poverty and lack of work. In some circumstances they can secure small grants or loans for members.

David is blind and partially deaf and has been an active member of LFB, the Freelance Industrial Council and Disabled Members Council. He has been awarded a paid internship at the European Parliament media office in Brussels until next March. He said that it had been "an absolute pleasure to sit on the LFB committee and I will miss you all."

The branch sought candidates from among full Branch members for a new welfare officer at its October meeting (before this newsletter arrived). LFB has two Welfare Officers - traditionally and where possible one female (currently Arjum Wajid) and one male. Should the Welfare Officer vacancy remain, there will be an election at November's Branch meeting. Watch the LFB meetings page for details.

After a Committee by-election LFB welcomes back to its Committtee Elizabeth Chappell and welcomes new Committee members without portfolio Mohammed Attia and Baris Cimen. Updated Committee contacts will be at