30th March Thursday Briggate 12.00 – 2.00pm Facebook
Every year hundreds of thousands of people have their benefits stopped or reduced, mostly for trivial reasons and for circumstances outside their control. At the same time, sick and disabled people are subjected to the nerve-racking Work Capability Assessment and frequently refused ESA and forced back onto JSA to seek work they are not well enough to do, under threat of sanctions.
The UK has one of the meanest benefit systems in the affluent world, yet we are continually told that too much is being spent on benefits and that cutting them is “fairer” – even, that it is doing claimant a favour! We have just seen major cuts to in-work benefits for the low waged (working tax credits), whilst those who cannot work …due to childcare responsibilities, or to disability or sickness, are disproportionately affected by the bedroom tax and benefit cap which are set to intensify the crisis of homelessness. ESA (WRAG) claimants have also seen their benefits slashed – just one of a slew of attacks on people with chronic illness or disability.
We need to demand a reversal of all these cuts, and more than this, we need a benefits system which guarantees a decent standard of living for all; which guarantees that no-one need live in fear of losing the roof over their head or being forced to put their health at risk through cold or malnutrition. We need a system which doesn’t force people into low paid, insecure or pointless work, dragging down pay and conditions and undermining bargaining power for everyone. And we need full recognition and remuneration for the unpaid work done in the home and in the community – especially at a time when unpaid carers of all kinds are being told to take up the slack from cutbacks to public services.
Please join us with your group or organisation, with your neighbours, workmates and friends, banners, flags and placards – in Briggate 12 – 2pm for stalls, leafleting, conversations etc.
Then at 7pm Unite Community in collaboration with Leeds Plan C will be screening “I, Daniel Blake” at Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf St, Leeds LS2 7EQ. Entry free, donations encouraged! See FB event https://www.facebook.com/events/1812331472367747/
NB “Wharf Chambers is a members’ club and you need to be a member, or guest of a member, in order to attend. To join, please visit wharfchambers.org. Membership costs £1 and requires a minimum of 48 hours to take effect.”
Wharf Chambers has a safer spaces policy, please check it out at http://www.wharfchambers.org/the-club/safer-spaces/