The DWP: Unite has had enough
It has organised a “Stop Universal Credit” day of protest. On Saturday 1 December, it and its sister organisation Unite Community will be holding demos around the country, raising awareness of just how bad the benefit is.
- Unbearably long waits for claimants to receive money.
- People can only apply for Universal Credit online making it inaccessible for many.
- Not enough help for claimants when the system fails them.
- Rent paid directly to claimants instead of Landlords causing people to get into arrears and even to lose their homes.
- Letting agents are already refusing to rent to anyone claiming Universal Credit.
- Cruel sanctions for both in-work and out-of-work claimants.
- Payments only go to one named member of a household.
- Universal Credit takes 63p in every £1 people earn.
- Universal Credit leaves many working families much worse off than the old system.
- People in part-time work could be forced to give up work that suits their disability or family life in order to take up worse paid full-time work or risk sanctions.
Stop it. Now.Unite branches up and down the country are involved in the action:
Come along to our Day of Action against #UniversalCredit in #Huddersfield on 1st December > https://www.facebook.com/events/117672859153440/ …#StopUniversalCredit
Unite is demanding that Universal Credit is scrapped – but until we get a Labour government that is committed to introducing a social security system that works, we demand that the DWP cut the long waits to receive money, allow people to apply in Jobcentres, not just online, more support for people when the system fails, allow landlords to be paid directly, an end to sanctions, and an end to money going to one named person in a household.
Broken beyond repairAs The Canary previously reported, Unite’s official position is to stop and scrap Universal Credit. But the Labour Party is still calling for the DWP simply to “fix” it, despite overwhelming evidence it is broken beyond repair. And this is despite UN special rapporteur Philip Alston slamming Universal Credit as “falling into Universal Discredit”. So Unite’s day of action couldn’t come at a better time. The more people who get involved, the better.
Featured image via Disabled People Against Cuts and UK government – Wikimedia
- Join in Unite’s day of action.