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Work or Full Maintenance. TUC Conference.

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Work or Full Maintenance – TUC Poverty Conference  Wed, 17 Oct 2012

Time to from 10:00 to 16:30 Location Congress House, London WC1B

TUC invites trades unionists, claimants and anti-poverty campaigners to the annual Poverty Conference on Wednesday 17th October.

The conference, which will be chaired by Diana Holland Unite’s Assistant General Secretary, will engage delegates in a range of workshops which will draft questions to be put to a distinguished panel of speakers including: • Allison Roche UNISON • Kevin Maguire: Daily Mirror Associate Editor • Alison Garnham: Chief Executive Child Poverty Action Group • Pat Heron UNISON • Colin Hampton Derbyshire UWCs

 

Welcome speech will be delivered by Professor Danny Dorling: Author of ‘Injustice: Why Social Inequality Persists’ The keynote conference speech will be delivered by Owen Jones: Author of ‘Chavs’ There is no charge to attend but delegates must register to attend. Light lunch included. Aim: To explore to what extent can we frame the debate around poverty in such terms today Contact for more information.

 

Please contact Jennifer Mann at jmann@tuc.org.uk

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Written by Andrew Coates

October 15, 2012 at 3:13 pm

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  1. UK food banks used by record number, says Trussell Trust

    A record number of people received emergency food from UK food banks in the last six months, a charity says.

    The Trussell Trust said its food bank network had fed almost 110,000 people since April, compared with a total of 128,697 in the whole of 2011-12.

    Its food banks provide at least three days’ worth of nutritionally-balanced food for local people in crisis.

    The charity expects to feed more than 200,000 people in 2012-13 as food and fuel bills are set to rise this winter.

    In order to receive emergency food, individuals must be referred by a frontline care professional such as a doctor, social worker or schools liaison officer.

    ‘Absolutely broke’

    Lauren Downes, a 23-year-old cleaner from Plymouth, ran into trouble after starting a new job and having problems getting her tax affairs in order.

    While it was being sorted out, she and her partner were having to live on £300 a month, which did not even cover their rent.

    She contacted Citizens’ Advice, who suggested using a food bank.

    “I rang them on a day when we were absolutely broke. We had the choice of paying our bills or buying food, and we really didn’t want any arrears on our bills or our rent,” she told the BBC.

    “They gave us two weeks’ worth of food – really good quality food – and some really good advice.

    “They were a real help to get us out of a sticky situaion.”

    ‘More need and awareness’

    The Trussell Trust released its statistics to coincide with World Food Day.

    The trust runs a network of 270 food banks across the UK, staffed by volunteers with food products donated by local people.

    The charity is launching a new food bank in the UK every three days and expects this growth to continue until 2015.

    Adrian Curtis, food bank network director for the trust, said the increase in numbers using UK food banks reflected a rise in food and utility bills, people losing their jobs and having less disposable income, and greater awareness that food banks exist.

    “It’s a combination of more need and more awareness,” he said.

    “We’re seeing more and more people on a low income using a food bank,” he added.

    “They’re not necessarily people who are welfare dependent. They’re working families but can’t afford to buy their way out of hard times.”

    Article here.

    BBC

    October 16, 2012 at 10:26 am

  2. New DWP letter regarding new sanctions regime and hardship payments.

    http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/jsa-sanction-changes-factsheet.pdf

    Charlie D

    October 16, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    • Went to the Conference: absolutely brilliant.

      Had some real sense talked by the speakers, including young Owen Jones (born Manchester, author ‘Chavs‘).

      Veterans of the miners’ strike, ex-Geordie ship builders, and Scouse dockers and us soft Southerners, listend with attention to his suggestions.

      He said end the hate-campaign against us lot. Getting us proper benefits and work – that about sums it up.

      I cited in workshops the comments made here, including, “we don’t want food parcels, we don’t want supermarket waste. We want a decent living”

      Time even for a few pints afterwards (before coming home to our Plasma TVs, Betting Slips, and lines of crack) made me realise how much I fucking like these Northerners.

      Andrew Coates

      October 18, 2012 at 4:26 pm

  3. always appeal any decision made against you and continue to sign.they can state/say what they like and accusations can come from nowhere, without any substance.merely what someone thinks but its enough to cause trouble.

    ken

    October 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm

  4. Has anyone noticed Iain Duncan Smith’s absense from the media lately, I’m not surprised after his visit to DWP offices Bootle in Liverpool the other month, where he was greeted with a protest group. (this video is online at YouTube)

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    October 20, 2012 at 10:27 am

  5. A couple of links regarding new sanctions regime starting today:

    1. Memo DMG 37/12
    http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/m-37-12.pdf

    2. A handy ezine for DWP staff that summarizes the changes
    http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/touchbase-ezine-october-2012.pdf

    Charlie D

    October 22, 2012 at 9:32 am

  6. that pdf charlie D posted is being handed out in the job centre and made to sign for,had a dig is that the one in breach of disability legislation,the nervousness started “i dont think it will affect you,just keep doing what your doing.its not the point.

    someone bombarded with this tripe and have good reason to complain,many will be suffering with illnesses such as anxiety and depression and do not need this oppressive tone or its implied action,its not a full statement of the law. either disabled or jobseekers.

    the whole purpose was to reduce the need for reliance on medication and improve health,experience so far suggests its opposite,continuance and more of the same.

    ken

    October 23, 2012 at 3:07 pm

  7. And, as discussed before, it is extremely reasonably priced for
    how effective it is.

    Silvia

    May 8, 2013 at 3:41 am


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