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National Day of Protest Against Welfare and Housing Benefit Cuts.

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Take action now to defend the Welfare State. We will not pay for their crisis.

The National Day of Protest Against Welfare & Housing Benefit Cuts on 15th December 2010 aims to be the first of many and this time will concentrate on the Housing Benefit cuts. With this in mind, why not organise a sit in, protest or demonstration in your local Civic Centre, Housing Benefit Office or Town Hall.

Think Christmas party. Gather up some f…riends, take a ticket and bring cake, food to share, Christmas decorations, crackers, music and presents for the kids. Why not apply for Council Housing whilst you’re at it, ask for information about impending homelessness due to the cuts or clear up that nagging benefit issue. Then collect contact details to organise a bigger event in the New Year and spread some festive cheer.

Make sure to support people present who are in emergency need of help to access it and make sure they are treated properly. There’s no rush after all, you can easily stay late, or even all night. It’s Christmas after all.

Alternatively hold a public meeting, organise an info stall or even just leaflet your local Council offices. If you are organising an event please contact us asap to be added to the facebook page (and upcoming website).

London benefit claimants will be attending and supporting the Housing Emergency Demonstration at Downing Street, 12.30pm. Bring cardboard boxes, sleeping bags etc and create a cardboard city opposite Downing Street. then onto Trafalgar Square at 3pm for Christmas fun under the tree.


Local groups, individuals, ideas and support needed, please get in touch.

This is just the beginning, further actions and events are planned for the New Year.


London confirmed – 15th December

12.30 Downing Street, Housing Emergency Coalition protest, take cardboard boxes and sleeping bags

3pm Trafalgar Square, Disabled People Against Cuts – No Room at The Inn nativity under the tree.

Norwich confirmed – 15th December – Defend Council Housing And Fight The Welfare Cuts Public Meeting – Belvedere Centre, Belvoir Street, Norwich, 15th Dec 7.30pm – 9.30pm.

Plans afoot so far in Newcastle, Edinburgh, Brighton, Hastings, Stoke, Lewisham, Lydney and Nuneaton

Actions called for/enquired about in Bristol, Southampton, Cambridge, Hackney, Lincolnshire, Exeter & Ipswich

Called by autonomous benefit claimants around the UK.

National Day of Protest Against Welfare & Housing Benefit Cuts: http://www.facebook.com/pages/National-Day-of-Protest-Against-Welfare-Housing-Benefit-Cuts/106945382710717

Disabled People Against Cuts: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=121196194603310

Black Triangle – Anti-Defamation Campaign In Defence of Disabled Claimants: http://www.facebook.com/blacktriangle1

Work Programme & Flexible New Deal Scandal: http://www.workprogramme.org.uk/

Benefit Claimants Fight Back: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=116432071735566


Written by Andrew Coates

December 6, 2010 at 11:36 am

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  1. Ministers have been accused of “burying” a document that makes a damning assessment of how plans to cut housing benefit will hit families.

    The report, written by civil servants at the Department for Work and Pensions and published on its website last week, warns of a risk that schooling will be disrupted, homelessness will rise and more people will face overcrowding.

    It says local authorities may have to build “temporary classrooms” to house children whose families have been forced to move to cheaper accommodation, and suggests overcrowding could “hamper” young people doing their homework.

    More here:


    Andrew Coates

    December 6, 2010 at 11:38 am

  2. This is very near Christmas when we unemployed are out buying new plasma tvs.


    December 6, 2010 at 4:05 pm

  3. Yeah my ‘plasma tv’ has a 16 inch cathode ray tube attached to it.

    I’m definitely up for the London protest. Can’t afford not to be.

    Squiddly Diddly

    December 6, 2010 at 7:41 pm

  4. I’m surprised not to see Glasgow mentioned in the list considering how many people are on disability and JSA. Come on, Glasgow, you don’t want Edinburgh to put you to shame AGAIN!

    Funny A4e Photos

    December 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm

  5. It’s good to see claimants organising to protest. I’ve been around a while but I don’t recall it happening before. What’s being done – especially to HB claims – is brutal and unnecessary.

    While I’m here, you’ll like this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11948811


    December 8, 2010 at 3:16 pm

  6. I rather blike the idea of the National Troll A Tory Day on December 15th

    For all those unable to attend the National Day of Action Against Benefit Cuts there is a National Troll A Tory Day on December 15th 2010.

    Spend the day online firing out as many passionate, mischievous, heartfelt or rude messages to the Tory press, Tory or Libdem bloggers and Tory/Lib Dem MPs wherever they may skulk.

    Squiddly Diddly

    December 10, 2010 at 7:07 pm

  7. Investigating an possible alleged workfare scheme that could get in through the back-door.

    Work Programme

    December 10, 2010 at 11:46 pm

  8. Housing benefit cap: Councils ‘move people from London’

    Many London councils are moving families out of the city in preparation for the government’s housing benefit changes, a BBC London survey has found.

    A £400-a-week limit on housing benefit for private rentals is due to begin from April 2011.

    There is concern high rental prices in London will mean some families are forced to move, because of the shortage of homes within the benefit limit.

    Thirteen councils say they are already rehousing people outside the city.

    One of them is Waltham Forest, which is moving people to Luton.

    Councillor Marie Pye said: “At the moment we are already moving people out of London because there is not enough private housing.

    “We have already got some good quality accommodation in Luton and people want to move there.”

    Jules Pipe, the mayor of Hackney, said: “There will be more pressure on our own residents.

    “Many of them will request to move out of the borough as a result of these measures.”

    Of London’s 32 councils, 16 said they were preparing for a rise in homelessness.

    Housing Minister Grant Schapps said: “We are still saying someone could have rent of £21,000-a-year paid by by taxpayer.

    “How many could afford to pay that?

    “What we want to do is get rid of the £30,000, £40,000 and £100,000 housing benefits cases, which are completely unfair on the taxpayer.”



    December 13, 2010 at 2:10 am

  9. I am considering giving this up I know when I am beaten. I surrender

    Andrew Coates

    December 13, 2010 at 10:23 am

  10. Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty (ECAP)contributed to today’s Day Of Action.

    They leafleted housing benefit climants outside a council office. Due to the presence of a police van, and the probability of being followed to their next target, ECAP members split into three groups.

    Later in the day some ECAP members invaded A4e and distributed leaflets to FND jobseekers in several rooms before A4e staff realised what was happening. An irate A4e member of staff followed ECAP members as they left the building and locked the door behind them!

    Funny A4e Photos

    December 15, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    • Good work!

      Andrew Coates

      December 16, 2010 at 11:58 am

    • Brilliant stuff! 🙂

      I like the initiative of splitting up into multiple groups – although we can call this “common sense” for the prevention of being followed – it doesn’t normally happen in group situations (it normally is more a few leaders and everyone follows/joins in)

      Work Programme

      December 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm

      • It’s called “starbursting” 🙂

        Span Gal

        December 16, 2010 at 3:04 pm

      • It’s called “starbursting” 🙂

        Span Gal

        December 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm

  11. Give up now you WONT win WE WILL

    benefit busters

    December 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm

  12. I hope no onew will be missing a FND appointment…


    December 16, 2010 at 4:05 pm

  13. Thanks to the positive comments from Andreew and Work Programme.

    Here’s what the A4e leaflet said.


    We are claimants involved in Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty. Today we are telling A4e to stop denying unemployed people their basic rights.

    A4e are refusing to recognise claimants’ right to choose their own representative if the claimant wants someone to back them up in a meeting here. A4e say they recognise claimants’ right to representation – but they are refusing to accept representatives from Edinburgh Claimants. This is despite the fact that Edinburgh Claimants reps accompany claimants to New Deal providers Ingeus and JHP, to Jobcentre interviews, to ATOS medical exams, the Council, etc..

    A4e are refusing to hold appointments with claimants accompanied by Edinburgh Claimants – then are reporting the claimant to the DWP to get their benefits cut. We say to A4e and Wise Group, who subcontract to A4e, that they must recognise human rights.

    We encourage everyone sent here to support each other and stand up for yourselves. For example, with the solidarity of groups like Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty some claimants attending A4e have won the right to change their A4e adviser. This should be everyone’s right. If A4e try and get your benefit stopped, you can fight it, we have done this successfully. If you are sent on a workplacement, then you should have a say in where you are sent.

    We are against the whole system of compulsory work for benefits – why should the unemployed be used as slave labour? We want to help build up a movement to defeat workfare and all the other cuts the government are making – why should we pay for the greedy rich?

    Today is a Britain-wide Day of Action against the cuts in welfare. Join us in fighting back! Contact us to find out more or if you need support or advice with a benefits or debt problem.

    Funny A4e Photos

    December 16, 2010 at 5:17 pm

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