Our 'pitch' was outside Willesden Jobcentre in Neasden Lane where it was very difficult to take photos in the face of moving traffic, but not as difficult as it is for JSA or Employment & Support Allowance Work-Related Activity Group claimants to avoid being sanctioned for the IT failings of the DWP, etc.
|United against Universal Credit outside Willesden Jobcentre in Neasden Lane. Photo by Kate Belgrave|
Solomon Hughes in the Morning Star writes:
RACHEL REEVES is what happens, I think, when bankers are in charge of the Labour Party.What would happen if youth workers had a greater holder on European politics?
The statement shown above on KUWG's alternative Budget Box states:
Sanctions fodder face huge deficits!The Government is addressing the youth claimant count by applying benefit sanctions to youth with great intensity. What a way for young workers to start in life!
|Another KUWG Budget Box statement: "Sanctions lower claimant count." Photo by Kate Belgrave|
Later that day, we had our weekly business meeting while some members attended the 'no sanctions' event outside DWP HQ at Caxton House, SW1. And we were joined by a Unite member who signs on at Shepherds Bush Jcp and was horrified at the level of claimant and public ignorance he witnessed there to the coming of Universal Credit.
So the following minute was passed unanimously while it emerged that Brent Council seems to have not given enough information to the housing benefit claiming public.
“The Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group thanks Robin (Sivapalan) for all his work in Unite Community especially regarding the No to Sanctions Day, and TUC Welfare Conference, with lead-up-to and follow-up meetings he has also planned. This is in response to finding claimants ignorant of Sanctions and Universal Credit being introduced, and Robin via Unite Community is greatly helping claimants be informed, which they need to be.” It was agreed to put this statement on our Blog."See also:
- Dr David Webster: Benefit sanctions: Britain's secret penal system
- Kate Belgrave: This is what people in need look like. Take a look, Rachel Reeves
- Disabled People Against Cuts: Official: People who don't matter to Labour
- Vote for Policies website: Compare what each party is promising to do, and make an informed choice at General Election 2015
- Green Party Trade Union Group statement on Unite Community action against benefit sanctions