Join Tomorrow’s Protest At DWP – Stop Attacks On Poor by GlynnePowell


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Join Tomorrow’s Protest At DWP – Stop
Attacks On Poor
Today Work and Pensions Minister Iain Duncan Smith faced
questions in the House of Commons about the Universal Credit
system which will begin replacing all benefits from next year.

                                                  Most benefits are currently paid
                                                  every fortnight, but Universal Credit
                                                  will be paid monthly.
                                 This will be a massive strain on those
                                 on meagre benefits. The growth of
                                 payday loan firms, that charge
                                 exorbitant rates of interest, is due to
                                 the fact that many people in work
                                 find that their wages do not
stretch to the end of the month, never mind those on benefits.
The benefit has to be claimed online, which will make it difficult for
those in need as community charity Citizens Advice warns that the
Universal Credit system “risks causing difficulties to the 8.5 million
people who have never used the internet and a further 14.5 million
who have virtually no ICT skills”.

Former Labour minister Frank Field said that Universal Credit was on
course for disaster with the IT project already delayed and more
problems encountered. But he had a more fundamental objection:
“Means-testing only encourages dependency, and the universal credit
is, in one sense, the ultimate form of means-testing.”
The mood against the attacks on the poor is rising and was reflected
in a number of speeches, not least that of PCS General Secretary
Mark Serwotka:
“We heard this morning about the full extent how the government’s
austerity agenda represents the biggest attack on working class
people this country has ever seen.

“But PCS believes as we come to this conference that we need a
sense of urgency. We need a sense of urgency to turn these words
into actions before it’s too late.

“On jobs: 700,000 public sector jobs to go, unemployment predicted
to reach three million, record levels of youth unemployment bringing
real despair and destitution to our communities…And we have a
welfare state that is now under siege: cuts to disability benefits,
compulsory workfare, benefits being reduced in a way that we
haven’t seen for decades and now Save the Children telling us that
25% of kids in the UK live in poverty.

“The situation is appalling – what are we going to do about it? We
need 20 October to be the biggest demonstration we have ever seen.
But PCS believes we need to follow up the demonstration as quickly
as we can with mass co-ordinated strike action across the public and
private sector.

“Imagine what we can win if we march together, strike together and
consign the government’s austerity to the dustbin of history and give
hope and inspiration to the millions that look to us.”
Unite Community have called a protest against the attacks on the
poor tomorrow:

Jobs Not Sanctions
Protest Called By Unite Community London
Wednesday 12th September – from 9am
Department of Work and Pensions
Caxton House
Tothill Street
London SW1H 9NA
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