Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Coming Soon: The Welfare Charter- a Sneak Preview.

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Unemployed centres, trade unions (PCS and UNITE Community), London Unemployment Strategies, and Trades Councils are due to launch a Welfare Charter soon.

Ipswich Unemployed Action has a sneak preview of this document, which sets out the basis for decent treatment of claimants and a real way of dealing with unemployment.

The Charter promotes a “social security system that enables everyone to have a safe warm home, good food, propery clothing and being able to participate in society.

The Charter promotes:

  • A Political commitment to full employment achieved with decent jobs..
  • A wage you can live on for all and a social security system that works to end poverty.
  • No work conscription – keep volunteering voluntary.
  • Representation for unemployed workers.
  • Appoint an Ombudsman for claimants.
  • Equality in the labour market and workplace; equality in access to benefits.
  • And end to the sanctions regime and current Work Capability Assessment – full maintenance for the unemployment and underemployed.
  • State provision of high quality information, advice and guidance on employment, training and careers.

These demands together should form the basis for our fight for a decent life.

One for all and all for one!


Facebook : The Welfare Charter.

Twitter: @welfarecharter




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  1. The welfare charter, well worth fighting for.


    September 10, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    • It’s from a long-standing charter, put out by the Unemployed Workers’ ‘Combine’ some years back, and updated for the present day.

      There were discussions about the new Charter at the TUC Welfare Conference, and meetings held since.

      As you say Enigma, it’s well worth fighting for.

      Andrew Coates

      September 11, 2015 at 10:14 am

      • There Is no place for a system that sees pushing people into poverty, the threat of hunger and eviction as a legitimate punishment for not being in work. – that’s true enough.


        September 11, 2015 at 12:13 pm

  2. enigma

    September 10, 2015 at 7:24 pm

  3. Traveling to work ‘is work’, European court rules.

    Time spent traveling to and from first and last appointments by workers without a fixed office should be regarded as working time, the European Court of Justice has ruled.



    September 10, 2015 at 8:55 pm

  4. Man douses himself in petrol inside Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre.

    Now did the Jobcentre staff try and approach him in a sympathetic manner? No they didn’t.
    One Jobcentre worker walked outside and was smiling. This angered members of the public who were sat across the road. From all accounts she was very lucky not to have been attacked by members of the public. Not because of her job title, but because she was half smiling and one account said sneering.



    September 10, 2015 at 9:22 pm

  5. More info on court fines.

    An American outsourcing giant criticised for its controversial pursuit of benefit recipients on behalf of the tax office is set to become the Ministry of Justice’s debt collector, The Independent can reveal.

    Concentrix is understood to be the only company being considered by the Government for a £675m contract to collect court fines. The deal would include pursuing those who are struggling to pay the contentious criminal courts charge – a fixed-fee penalty imposed on all convicts, irrespective of their means.



    September 10, 2015 at 9:35 pm

  6. I’ll believe it when i see it, but we’ve heard stuff like this before. The PCS union in the Jobcentres hasn’t exactly got a good record, has it? Most of the nasty “reforms” of recent years, and the sanctions system, could have been dead in the water had Jobcentre staff simply refused to comply – I know not all Jobcentre staff are union members, but there must be enough to have made a difference.


    September 11, 2015 at 9:31 am

  7. OT – Warning for all windows users who don’t want windows 10

    Microsoft downloads Windows 10 on user machines without asking.



    September 11, 2015 at 11:06 am

    • What’s the big fucking deal with Windows 10 anyway? OK, it’s defragger runs on a schedule, but so can Windows XP run a defragger on a schedule! Big fucking deal!

      Bill G

      September 11, 2015 at 7:15 pm

  8. Confirmed! UN is investigating UK’s ‘grave violations’ of disabled people’s rights

    A DPAC spokeswoman said: “This inquiry is the first of its kind – it has great historic importance.

    “The coalition government and now the Tory regime has deliberately targeted disabled people for the harshest treatment.



    September 11, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    • It’s about time for an investigation, it’s well over due.


      September 12, 2015 at 10:00 am

  9. OT: Windows Users and “The End of Days”

    It appears UK Gov is scrambling to find anyway of saving money.

    Inevitably it appears to have looked at Subscription charges of Windows Products… You know the 250 per PC, then the 150 per copy of Office per PC that is paid.

    It has been ordered that any software now bought must adhere to the ODF standard. i.e. Librioffice/OpenOffice [basically most free software] compatible with ODF standard.

    It is noteworthy that MS Office is not recommended.

    To Quote””The UK government has selected ODF 1.2 as the standard for editable office documents to be used across government,” said the Open Document Format guidance for UK government.”

    Ooooch. MS Office is the cash cow – that dies what happens?

    Oh, and moving away from MS Office means that there is then no need to buy Windows Licences… which means down the line?

    Story Links:



    September 11, 2015 at 9:05 pm

  10. OK we have tv licences. How soon b4 we will need one JUST to use a computer including public computers

    Philip Brown

    September 12, 2015 at 10:53 am

  11. Jeremy Corbyn elected in the first round!!!!! Jeremy Corbyn: 251,417 – 59.5%

    Andy Burnham: 80,462 – 19%

    Yvette Cooper: 71,928 – 17%

    Liz Kendall: 18,857 – 4.5%


    Andrew Coates

    September 12, 2015 at 10:59 am


    Philip Brown

    September 12, 2015 at 11:03 am

    • Respect!! To Jeremy corbin is what I say!!

      kat rehman

      September 12, 2015 at 8:05 pm

  13. Does anyone know what’s going on at the Jobcentre these days? I have now gone back to fortnightly signing. And the week I don’t go in, I just email my job search to my work coach. It’s also very quiet when I go in (a lot of empty desks), which I find slightly ominous. I know the government made about three and a half thousand JCP staff redundant earlier this year, and more redundancies are in the pipeline. I wonder if the Jobcentre will even exist two years from now.

    jj joop

    September 12, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    • JJ

      They bugged up. CPS has pointed out that DWP after getting rid of 3K posts have recently put out a urgent recruitment campaign for 2.7K new staff.

      So lets look at this new equation:

      employ Crapita to call Tax Credit claimants in jobcentres + massively reduce staff + increase Tax Credits bureaucracy via regulations + increase number of people attending jobcentres via Tax Credits = CHAOS

      Well done DWP


      September 12, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      • Gazza

        Yep, that’s pretty much what I suspected. When the DWP announced they were calling Tax Credits claimants in for interviews under the UC umbrella, but laying off thousands of JCP staff, I thought: uh-o, it’s recipe for disaster time. I know my Work Coach is well and truly pissed off because they quadruple-book all his appointments now. Last week I had to wait half an hour past my slot to sign on. And I understand another wave of redundancies are coming.

        jj joop

        September 12, 2015 at 6:51 pm

  14. dont give them your email u mad lol make it harder for them post it, and ask for a sae paid for to send it to them as well.

    jcp can not be trusted with anything as will pass on to providers then they will sell it on


    September 12, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    • There’s absolutely no data protection with the DWP they will pass everything and anything on to those they have dealings with,it appears to work the other way also people who are supposed to be supporting you telling them everything behind your back.The problem with that also is your at the mercy of someones opinion drawing their own conclusions also.


      September 14, 2015 at 5:24 pm

  15. Tories now target prisons and children in care.

    In a speech outlining the government’s approach to the autumn spending review, in which George Osborne will outline £20bn of cuts, the prime minister will cite children in care services and prisons as “standout areas” for reform.

    The prime minister will show he is prepared to embark on controversial reforms when he pledges to introduce legislation to allow the three emergency services – fire, police and ambulance services – to combine back office functions and IT.



    September 12, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    • Closing down government offices – Government Digital Service.


      September 12, 2015 at 10:37 pm

  16. enigma

    September 12, 2015 at 11:49 pm

  17. SNP manifesto to reveal possible second referendum timetable



    September 13, 2015 at 12:07 am

  18. The Conservative Party Conference is taking place at Manchester in October. DPAC are organising two protests on Monday 5th and Wednesday 7th October during the week of the Tory party conference actions, and would like to support as many DPAC members to come to Manchester and attend our demonstrations, the details of the actions can be found …………



    September 14, 2015 at 1:57 pm

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