By Dude Swheatie of KwugThe email inbox related to this blog occasionally gets requests for information, advice and guidance in setting up a local group. That is understandable when the benefit sanctions regime has been justly described as Britain's secret penal system.(1)
So to help defeat that system before it defeats us, here is an outline of a reply to such queries.
You may like to check out a little history regarding how the KUWG got started with the help of local Trades Union Council who helped us obtain our initial funding.(2)
Apparently, the group started meeting in various places before settling at a local community centre where we expanded sufficiently from meetings round one table in a room to regularly attracting around 20+ people in the Small Hall for our weekly meetings. Meeting weekly is part of our strength as is our leafleting outreach to local jobcentres, attracting new members.
- Starting meetings with a round of names and which benefits we're on as a solidarity building 'ice breaker'
- Making casework a priority and sharing and building expertise while also devolving tasks according to individuals' strengths, so that no one person dominates
- Adopting a motto of 'Never Attend Anywhere Official Alone' to maximise our prospects of winning cases
- Holding Bi-Annual General Meetings for re-election or re-appointment of postholders
Notes30th May Boycott Workfare National welfare action gathering,(4) London Welsh Centre, Grays Inn Rd 10.30Aam to 5.30pm. Register your interest at :
info AT boycottworkfare.org