We’re excited to hear about a number of new welfare support and action groups that have been set up recently across the UK. There has also been a public meeting in Stroud on the benefit cuts and what we can do.
These groups provide a space for claimants to support each other with benefit problems they are facing and take action together to try to resolve that issue, as well as organising actions against welfare cuts in general.
London Coalition Against Poverty and Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty both have a great deal of experience in running these sorts of groups. Take a look at their websites for resources, especially this inspiring booklet from LCAP which has tonnes of useful information on starting a group.
The last workfare week of action saw thousands of ‘how to avoid workfare’ leaflets being handed out at job centres across the UK. Through informing people of their rights and forming support groups so that we can make sure these rights are upheld and extended, we can effectively challenge the government’s various workfare schemes and their welfare cuts.
We are currently organising a UK gathering for welfare action groups and individuals looking to start a group to come together and share ideas and experiences. Save the date 18th January 2014. Get in touch with us if you’d like to be involved in making this happen firstname.lastname@example.org and if you or your group would be interested in running a skillshare on the day. Keep your eyes peeled on this blog for further information.
Why not get involved in one of the groups listed below? Or drop us an email if you would like to set up a group in your area and would like to discuss how we can support you, advertise your group and link you up with others in your area.
New welfare support and action groups:
Bristol Claimants Union meet 12.30pm every Friday at Easton Community Centre
Established welfare support and action groups: