Stop Sanctions : 11th Sept Day of Action

End Sanctions, Bedroom Tax and http://antibedroomtax.org.uk/generic-viagra-next-day-delivery benefit cuts!

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Details of Protests
 
London. 11am Old Palace Yard Westminster, London. SW1P 3JY
 
London. 1pm DWP HQ Tothill St. London. SW1H 9NA
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London, Barnet 
9am at the Job Centre, Granta House 1 Western Rd London N22 6UH
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Birmingham. 12pm Broad Street Job Centre, Centennial House, 100 Broad Street, Birmingham. B15 1AU   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Leeds. 12 noon to 2pm. Briggate, Leeds. LS1 6JX (near the Body Shop)
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Huddersfield. 12 Noon. Upper Head Row, Huddersfield. HD1 2JL. (near main entrance to bus station) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Manchester. 11am. Moss Side Job Centre. 91 Moss Lane East, Moss Side M15 5BJ

Ashton. 1pm. Ashton Job Centre,  101 Old Street Ashton under Lyne OL6 6BJ.    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Milton Keynes. 12noon - 1pm outside Milton Keynes Jobcentre Plus, Midsummer Blvd MK9 3BN  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204);">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oxford: DPAC go to Witney 
Paupers Picnic outside David Cameron's Witney Conservatives event at Witney Lakes with tax-dodging, expenses-grabbing MP Nadim Zahawi. Coaches leave Oxford at 5.30pm. For more info contact: mail: dpac.uk.net
 

 
National Day of Protest Against Sanctions, Bedroom Tax and Benefit Cuts
Thursday 11th September 2014
 
End Bedroom Tax : No Sanctions for Claimants - No Targets for Staff
 
On 11th September the Anti-Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Campaign is holding a day of protest: say no to claimant sanctions, bedroom tax and benefit cuts.  

Government attacks on benefits mean hunger, debt and fear. Ex-soldier David Clapson died hungry and destitute after his benefits were stopped, the latest in a string of deaths and suicides related to sanctions and benefit cuts.  The overwhelming majority of referrals to food banks are due to  claimants being sanctioned. 
 
Sanctions cutting benefits of disabled people on Employment and Support Allowance, rose by nearly 580 percent between March 2013 and March 2014, and total sanctions rose to over a million last year, from 100,000 in 2010 (DWP figures).
 
PCS union is supporting the 11 September protests.  Research by PCS members working in the DWP revealed that 82% of members felt 'pressured' into sanctioning claimants, and 62% said they had made 'inappropriate' sanctions decisions.  

Protests have forced Government to promise changes: see Review report. But sanctions remain a vicious plank of the Government's punitive welfare reforms, and are still supported by Labour in parliament. 
 
Join us on one of protests below or organise your own.  Demand an end to the viagra sale online Bedroom Tax and link it to the slogan: 'No sanctions for claimants, No targets for staff'. Build links with local PCS members - contacts for local PCS in DWP and PCS regions (use contact tab) 

The Bedroom Tax is almost dead - we will demand MPs kill it now  and up the pressure to beat the sanctions regime too. Let us know any actions you are planning so we can promote them.
 
Fighting Benefit Sanctions
The government has a policy  of increasing sanctions to force people off benefits. More than 800,000 people have been sanctioned in the last year. Referrals to food banks are mainly due to claimants being sanctioned. 
 
Martin Cavanagh is the PCS Group Exec member for civil servants working in the DWP.  The PCS union resolved at their recent conference to oppose both Workfare and http://antibedroomtax.org.uk/us-discount-viagra-overnight-delivery Benefit Sanctions. He explained the three central reasons behind the Tories policy of increasing sanctions; Further demonisation of the poor, financial savings for the government, and driving a wedge between claimants and workers. 
 
PCS survey of members working in the DWP revealed that 82% of members felt 'pressured' into sanctioning claimants, and 62% said they had made 'inappropriate' sanctions decisions. 
 
The Kirklees Axe The Tax group have used a banner : No Sanction for Claimants! No Targets for Staff! This attracted claimants and some staff to their stall outside a job centre.
 
Roger Lewis speaking for DPAC said that 'more needed to be done by the milleniummanor.com PCS.' But, he insisted, 'we will not allow the government to divide us. Those working for the DWP alongside claimants have a common interest, we are locked together in a common fight against the Tories.' 
 
'More will be done from our union the PCS over the sanctions,' explained Martin. 
 
'Advice for claimants on how to challenge sanction decisions has now been agreed between our union, the PCS, Unite the Union Community branches, and campaigners against sanctions. That advice will be issued shortly.'
 
Research has shown that only 1 in 50 claimants who are sanctioned appeal the decision. Of those 90% win their appeal. Forthcoming advice will explain to claimants how they can appeal. 
 
To launch the http://www.miningmaven.com/lowest-price-for-brand-cialis joint advice and joint campaign, we agreed a day of action against benefit sanctions for Thursday 11th September. 

Protests will be organised in every region outside key DWP headquarters or similar high profile government offices.

Fighting Workfare
Public campaigns work! 
 
With just a few protesters the Boycott Workfare actions have 'shamed' many employers into withdrawing from the Workfare scheme. Companies and businesses don't want to be exposed as employing 'slave' labour. Only when a company signs up to the Boycott Workfare pledge are they removed for the Boycott Workfare website listing. 
 
Protests outside flagship venues of those companies still in the scheme will continue unit the schemes are scrapped.

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