Unite Community members where out leafleting again today, this time outside the Barnsley Job Centre again, to deliver our letter to PCS Members in the Barnsley DWP office.
This week Unite Community will be holding an information stall outside the Barnsley DWP office to highlight the coalition government’s unfair and unjustified attacks on the benefits system and on the unemployed, the sick and disabled and their families who rely on these benefits. We ask you to support the action in any way you can. I want to emphasise that this stall is not aimed at DWP employees/PCS members, who we know are under similar attack from this Government in terms of redundancy threat and squeeze on pay and conditions. We want to make common cause with you as out fight is your fight and vice versa. Instead this demonstration is aimed at the government’s savage policy of cutting £30 billion out of the benefits system and forcing people of benefits through measures like the cruel sanctions regime and the discredited Work Capability Assessment.
This has resulted in us setting up a meeting with the Barnsley PCS Branch. Leaflet here.
Joe Rollin Unite Community Coordinator / Unite In Schools Coordinator
Tel 07711 375 536
The impact of the sanctions vary: in the most extreme cases a person can lose their benefits for three years. As Jobcentre front line staff are being pressured to sanction more and more people we reveal some of the most insane reasons given to people that has resulted in them having their benefits stopped here. We look at the most ridiculous reasons for sanctioning benefits yet.
- “ARMY VETERAN STEPHEN TAYLOR, 60, WHOSE JOBSEEKER’S ALLOWANCE (JSA) WAS STOPPED AFTER HE SOLD POPPIES IN MEMORY OF FALLEN SOLDIERS”.
Details link: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/war-hero-stephen-taylors-benefits-2895202
- “A MAN HAD TO MISS HIS REGULAR APPOINTMENT AT THE JOB CENTRE TO ATTEND HIS FATHER’S FUNERAL. HE WAS SANCTIONED EVEN THOUGH HE TOLD DWP STAFF IN ADVANCE”.
Details Link: http://politicalscrapbook.net/2014/02/jobseeker-had-benefits-cut-for-attending-his-fathers-funeral/
- “CERI PADLEY, 26, HAD HER BENEFITS SANCTIONED AFTER SHE MISSED AN APPOINTMENT AT THE JOBCENTRE – BECAUSE SHE WAS AT A JOB INTERVIEW”.
Details Link: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2347281/Unemployed-graduate-benefits-stopped-missing-job-centre-appointment-INTERVIEW.html
- “A MAN GOT SANCTIONED FOR MISSING HIS SLOT TO SIGN ON – AS HE WAS ATTENDING A WORK PROGRAMME INTERVIEW. HE WAS THEN SANCTIONED AS HE COULD NOT AFFORD TO TRAVEL FOR HIS JOB SEARCH”.
Details Link: https://twitter.com/RTCAB/status/278572512114249728
- “MOTHER-OF-THREE ANGIE GODWIN, 27, SAID HER BENEFITS WERE SANCTIONED AFTER SHE APPLIED FOR A ROLE JOB CENTRE STAFF SAID WAS BEYOND HER”.
Detail Link: http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/local-news/unemployed-mums-despair-after-jobseeker-5912618
For a detail view on the most senseless sanctions decisions made please visit the following link: http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/the-11-most-senseless-benefit-sanction-decisions-known-to-man–x1dmkd2_Me
Unite Community have been involved in the campaign against sanctions that is pushing thousands of people into poverty, debt and reliance on food banks. We also think it is no coincidence that as we see these savage attacks on our Welfare state we also see the rise in casual work and zero hours contracts in short workers are being forced into precarious jobs creating a cycle of unsecured work, low pay and a reliance on charitable donations is this what Mr Cameron meant by our Big Society?………………!
Check out the website of former DWP staff helping helpless and poor societies against the austerity http://jobseekersanctionadvice.com/
Check out the Barnsley Unite Community Blog Here http://barnsleycsc.com/
And the Unite / PCS Sanctions advice here http://www.unitetheunion.org/uploaded/documents/CommunitySanctionsGuide11-18024.pdf