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Ipswich Protest Joins National Day of Action Against Maximus.

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St Felix House Silent Street Ipswich.2nd March.

Disabled People Against Cuts and Suffolk People’s Assembly. Protesters gathered outside DWP Job and Assessment Centres today to protest against Maximus, the new Work Capability Enforcer. On the first Day of their Contract there were actions and protests across the country.

A national day of action has been called on March 2nd 2015 against Maximus, the company set to take over from Atos running the despised Work Capability Assessments (WCAs) for sickness and disability benefits.

These crude and callous assessments have been used to strip benefits from hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled people after a quick computer based test ruled them ‘fit for work’.  A growing number of suicides have been directly linked to this stressful regime, whilst charities, medical staff and claimants themselves have warned of the desperate consequences for those left with no money at all by the system.

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Written by Andrew Coates

March 2, 2015 at 5:42 pm

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  1. Reblogged this on sdbast.

    sdbast

    March 2, 2015 at 7:20 pm

  2. The cost to job seekers of having their benefit payments stopped has rocketed by 3,000% under the Tory-led coalition Government, new figures show.

    Analysis of Government figures by the PCS union reveals that the value of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) payments sanctioned in the year to September 2014 was £355 million, compared to just £11 million in 2009/2010.

    PCS says the shocking figure explains why benefit sanctions have been directly linked to a surge in food bank users.

    http://www.welfareweekly.com/cost-to-jobseekers-of-benefit-sanctions-rockets-3000/

    Food banks: benefit sanctions leave clients hungry for months

    Benefit sanctions can plunge families into financial crisis, hunger, and dependency on food banks for up to half a year, far longer than the period for which they have had payments stopped, according to a new study.

    The study, Cheshire Hunger looked in detail at the reasons why people had been given food bank vouchers and estimated the length of time they would be dependent on food aid.

    It adds to a growing body of evidence directly linking welfare reforms with food bank use, and comes as a coalition of major churches call for an overhaul of the “inhumane” sanctions system.

    http://www.theguardian.com/society/patrick-butler-cuts-blog/2015/mar/02/food-banks-benefit-sanctions-leave-clients-hungry-for-months

    enigma

    March 2, 2015 at 10:36 pm

  3. enigma

    March 2, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    • I just noticed in one of the above pictures, the word, Maximarse!

      enigma

      March 2, 2015 at 11:30 pm

      • Re-branding, mate…

        Max Clifford

        March 3, 2015 at 12:02 am

  4. EAT THE RICH!!

    Vote for CLASS WAR!!

    March 2, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    • You Have Said This Before

      PB

      March 7, 2015 at 9:24 am

  5. DOUBLE DOLE & PENSION

    Vote for CLASS WAR!!

    March 2, 2015 at 11:17 pm

  6. Sure ‘traitor’ Marsh looks as fit as a fiddle. What a miracle recovery from a malingerer who spent years stealing hard-working taxpayers money because she “was too ill to get out of bed”… that is until the right offer came along… £75,000 a year plus expenses. Why isn’t this treacherous dollop of shit the subject of a fraud investigation.

    Don Corleone

    March 3, 2015 at 6:20 am

  7. Please advise me whether a sanctioned claimant is still expected to make themselves
    available for work?

    If so, please make clear whether they must still do the mandatory 35 hours a week
    jobsearch expected of Universal Credit claimants, and give guidance on how someone
    with no money for food, electricity, mobile phone credit, internet access or transport to
    their Jobcentre is expected to do this without incurring further sanctions?

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/252146/response/623719/attach/html/2/FoI%20460.pdf.html

    enigma

    March 3, 2015 at 9:59 am

    • A sanctioned claimant still has to sign on and meet the “labour market conditions” i.e. be actively seeking and available for employment… e.g you can be sanctioned for not ASE whilst serving a current sanction not ASE.

      FOI

      March 3, 2015 at 11:25 am

    • In response to your first question, claimants are required to engage with work related
      requirements designed to help them move closer to work or increase their earnings throughout
      their Universal Credit claim.

      These requirements are tailored to an individual’s needs,
      experience and circumstances and agreed between the work coach and the claimant. If the
      claimant receives a sanction period, following a failure to comply with their requirements, it is
      important that they continue to engage with support and meet their work-related requirements.

      In reply to your second point, there are safeguards in place where a sanction is imposed. A
      claimant whose Universal Credit is reduced by sanction may apply for a Recoverable Hardship
      Payment if they are unable to meet their immediate, basic and essential needs. Further
      information can be found in chapter L1 if the “Advice for Decision Making Guide
      If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number
      above.
      Yours sincerely,

      DWP Central FoI Team

      enigma

      March 3, 2015 at 11:37 am

    • You still have to do your 1 month or 6 months MWA unpaid labour even when you’re sanctioned for a month or 6 months. I’ve known of at least 2 caught up in it, the younger one simply ended up in prison.

      Another Fine Mess

      March 3, 2015 at 6:53 pm


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