Following a conference earlier this year, Unite Community has teamed up with the Unemployed Centres and the Public & Commercial Services Union (PCS) to establish The Welfare Charter.
The United Kingdom is one of the richest nations on earth, yet over 1 million people use foodbanks, more than a quarter of children live in poverty and 5.5 million adults go without one or more basic clothing necessities, like a warm, waterproof coat. We can end poverty in this country.
There is no place for a system that sees pushing people into poverty, the threat of hunger and eviction as a legitimate punishment for not being in work. We need a social security system that enables everyone to have a safe, warm home, good food, proper clothing and being able to participate in society.
There are eight demands in the charter and they can be read here.
Suggestions on how to campaign on the charter to follow in the coming weeks.