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Welfare Uncut! Take action on 7 June: Welfare “reforms” don’t fool us!

On 7th June, a conference at the Royal Society will bring together those who will play a role in “the biggest shake up of the [welfare] system for 60 years”. In the same week, the Welfare Reform Bill looks set to return to parliament for its third reading.

We’re not fooled by the proposals for “reform”: we know they mean abolishing our rights to welfare.

While the conference may include some speakers who challenge aspects of the government’s plans, its blurb reads like a DWP press release. We’ve helped decode some of the spin below. Come along and help us do the same on the day…

[Spin] “a simplified welfare system that encourages and incentivises people to find work”

[Unspun] Don’t want to work without wage for Primark, Tesco’s, Sainsburys, Poundland or the like? Or be forced to “volunteer” in a charity shop? No benefits for you then.

[Spin] “maintain standards of living”

[Unspun] …for Financial Times readers. If you’re sick or disabled, we’ll ask private company Atos to re-assess you so we can stop your money.

[Spin] “…more affordable”

[Unspun] We’ve heard Primark are delighted they can now get free labour in the UK as well as their sweatshops.

[Spin] “ensure dignity in later life and make increased pension saving a reality”

[Unspun] Did we mention we gave your pension to the bankers?

[Spin] “break the cycle of welfare dependency”

[Unspun] Can’t be dependent if there isn’t any welfare!

Be there from 9am, Tue 7th June, at the Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG. Directions here.

More info on:

Claimants’ resistance and the private company profiting from throwing sick and disabled people off benefits.

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steven burak

What happens when an economic and social model based more on inequality than equality begins to break down?
Those at the lowest levels of the hierarchic ladder, people considered to have little power and little voice, those considered defenceless, and, really, not terribly important, are eroded. And, the great dark hope of those who think they will always hold the reins of control, is that those others will simply fall into the sea, invisibly, and everything will just amble on, all hunky-dory:but, that sort of 'normal' historic model of social decay need not be the exemplar forever.

Lee

I've been forced to do workfare and it's utterly soul-destroying. You are actually worse off because of the increased costs of going out to work, and having to work next to someone who is actually being paid for the job causes a lot of anger and resentment.

If workfare is meant to somehow be an approximation of having a job it's not very effective. Most of the things that you'd expect from a job are missing; a wage, camaraderie, a future to work towards, a sense of community and social inclusion, a positive self-identity..and justice.