Plymouth claimant thanks UCCU after successful Work Capability Assessment

We just heard from a union member that their WCA has concluded successfully after they were joined at their appointment by a UCCU Rep. The claimant, who asked not to be named, said: “it’s a reminder that at a WCA you should always get it recorded and bring someone with you.”

The test is not reliable or fair but we will do our best to help you prepare for it.

Exeter Claimants Begin Jobcentre Picket

Over the last two weeks we’ve regularly been present outside Exeter jobcentre, handing out flyers, discussing peoples’ struggles and supporting claimants as they deal with the DWP. Dave, one of the picketers said:

“It feels great to be out doing something positive, talking to people face to face instead of getting angry online. There’s a real sense of community and trust that comes when people know you’re there because it matters and not because you’re getting paid.”

Members hope the picket will continue to grow and the idea will spread to other jobcentres around the country.

4 Hurt After Van ‘Deliberately’ Crashes Into Food Bank Queue

Although details on the crash are currently scarce, it seems possible this is an act of sickening political violence.

If this is the case the blame must be laid in part at the door of the Tory government and far right politicians that have continuously demonised claimants, the disabled and anyone in need over the past 10 years.

Their denial of millions of poor peoples’ reality, language of ‘strivers and shirkers’ and construction of a system of economic victimisation feeds directly into the hatred and violence evidenced by this act.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-three-hurt-after-car-17477049

Open Letter from 50 Charities and Academics Condemns Government

It has become a regular occurrence to see normally mainstream actors and organisations calling on the government to change its policy on Universal Credit. The only product of these statements seems to be paranoid attacks on the bias of their speakers by the government‘s spokespeople.

This open letter says “We are witnessing an unstoppable movement to end poverty, fight inequality, preserve public services and champion human rights.

It is only a movement like this that can produce change. If we want to defeat UC we must fight to realise this vision.

https://leftfootforward.org/2019/06/open-letter-when-the-un-calls-out-poverty-in-the-uk-the-government-must-listen/