DEMO AT A4eMonday 13 September11.30am – 2pmAt A4e, 34 Earl Grey St by Tollcrossorganised by Edinburgh Coalition Against PovertyNO
- to compulsory work for benefits
- to benefits sanctions
- to cuts in benefits & services
- to casualisation and attacks on workers’ rights
- to A4e denying the right to be accompanied to interviews
VICTORIES OVER A4e and BENEFITS SANCTIONSWe have been giving solidarity to unemployed people forced to attend A4e and other private companies under the Flexible New Deal. We have successfully forced the DWP to agree to repay benefits to a claimant sanctioned after A4e reported him to the DWP, and also we have successfully stopped two other attempts by A4e to get the same claimant’s benefits cut. These last two episodes arose after A4e refused to hold appointments with the claimant, as an ECAP rep was accompanying him.We have also been giving solidarity to another claimant, forced to attend Ingeus and JHP. Ingeus have now recognised that we can accompany this claimant to an interview to put his case for getting his work placement postponed.This all goes to show that if we stick together and support each other we can successfully stand up for our rights.Remember if you are having any problems with the benefits authorities – or with debt, housing, etc – you can visit or phone us any Tuesday 12-3pm at ACE, 17 West Montgomery Place.
Ontario Coalition Against Poverty pioneered the “direct action casework” style of fighting grievances and winning real battles against poverty and its ill effects in Canada. This meeting (organised by ECAP) is sure to be interesting.
Community Organizing and Anti-Poverty Work: The OCAP Story
plus speakers from ECAP
7.30pm Mon 13 Sept
Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 30-36 Dalmeny Street (off Leith Walk near Pilrig church), Edinburgh EH6 8RG
OCAP write: “The Ontario Coalition Against Poverty has fought for justice and dignity for poor people for 20 years. Using direct action we have won individual cases including social assistance benefits, housing repairs, and withheld wages. Through mass mobilization, we have won housing and millions of dollars for poor people in Ontario.
“We mount campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working people. In addition, we provide direct-action advocacy for individuals against welfare and ODSP (disability benefits), public housing and others who deny poor people what they are entitled to. We believe in the power of people to organize themselves. We believe in the power of resistance.”
This meeting will discuss OCAP’s model of fighting back against the harsh ways that neo-liberal capitalism plays out in the lives of poor and working class people. This is a rare opportunity to learn about an organisation which has involved large numbers of people in taking direct action against poverty and has achieved a striking level of success.
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Recently, ECAP held a training session on welfare rights and the notes related to that are now available online.
They cover the following topics:
- Community Care Grants and the Social Fund
- Debt (also Electricity and Gas Guide)
- Disability Living Allowance
- Employment and Support Allowance (formerly Incapacity Benefit)
- Local Housing Allowance and Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit
- Job Seekers Allowance
- Carers Allowance and To Claim or Not To Claim.
- Premiums for Income Support and other benefits