We’ve all been waiting for something else but we’ve got this – so we have to deal with it.
Universal Credit will be fully rolled out, sanctions tightened and the abuse will have a new, sharp, cutting edge.
Never was a national organisation with local connections, support services and political teeth more needed.
All the groundwork has been done; we have people in place all over the country. You will be contacted between now and the new year to reestablish our connection and then we will get on with it.
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.
A brilliant article that captures the situation so many of us are caught in…
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.
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.