Self-help support vs ravages of 'welfare reform'. Never attend anywhere official alone!
This blog currently focuses on national policy matters that impact upon KUWG members.
Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group as a group focuses primarily on combating benefits injustices locally through advocacy in individuals' benefit claims, and demonstrations that emphasise that there is hope when we come together. We are more angry than frightened.
of my generation had a choice of jobs and felt no great shame on being
on benefits between them. Some of us used that time to do what we wanted
or thought was needed in the world.
sons and daughters do almost anything rather than sign on and my guess
is that this, as much as immigration, is what is driving wages down.
know from experience on and running job-creation schemes that Labour's
latest promise and threat must offer useful work with pay at rate for
the job, plus a real prospect of progress, not let-down at the end.
Now, as ever, it makes no sense to push people into work for peanuts to make some rich men richer.
Reeves, the new shadow minister for work and pensions, endorses the
myths that flow from the lips of Iain Duncan Smith by claiming that
nobody should be under any illusion that they are going to live a life
on benefits under Labour. There is no life worth living on benefits:
£71.70 a week single adult unemployment benefit is now paying rent and
council tax and becomes valueless because annual increases are pegged at
1% while prices of food, utilities, clothes and transport escalate.
of beans collected at a food bank cannot be cooked at home when the gas
bill cannot be paid. Unless there is a policy to provide affordable
housing, then a higher and higher proportion of the £500-a-week cap on
benefits will be needed to pay rising rents in a housing market in short
supply, forcing more individuals, parents and children into penury and
out of their homes into temporary and overcrowded accommodation.
The Rev Paul Nicolson
Taxpayers Against Poverty
Please sign our petition celebrating Martin Luther King
is asked to debate the speech made by Martin Luther King 50 Years ago
in Washington USA on the 28 August 1963 and to note that it can be
applied to circumstances in Britain in August 2013. He said “I have a
dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true
meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all
men are created equal.”