Universal Credit has been a disaster for people on low incomes. A five week wait, coupled with increased sanctions, has left people destitute and reliant on food banks. Former Prime Minister John Major said it was like the return of the poll tax.
Whether it’s the Bedroom Tax, Universal Credit, or cuts to services, it’s the lowest paid in our society who have been made to pay for the banking crisis in 2008. In work poverty is now the biggest issue facing Britain – people are working but still can’t make ends meet.
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Those on benefits – even those in work – face a hostile environment in the benefits system, similar to that faced by the Windrush Generation. Every effort is made to trip claimants up, often people who have paid National Insurance all their lives.
Our schools are underfunded, our youth centres are closing, our hospitals are at breaking point, and our pensioners are struggling. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Austerity, the policy of making the poor pay for the financial crisis, is failing – but only people power can stop it.
Everyone knows the economic system is rigged, and it’s time we made the system work for us.
Join us for a public rally in Nottingham to say we want to see the end of austerity!
Speakers include: Professor Ruth Lister (expert on austerity); Ian Hodson (General Secretary of BFAWU – union for McDonalds workers);Shaun Pender (Unite the Union); Shankea Stewart (Windrush campaign); plus speakers from Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI), Save Our Schools campaign, Save Queen Street Post Office, Keep Our NHS Public
Professor Ruth Lister
Ruth Lister is a Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University, a former director of the Child Poverty Action Group, and was a member of the National Equality Panel, the Commission on Social Justice and various other commissions. She has written widely in the areas of gender, poverty and inequality, citizenship and welfare reform.
Ian Hodson Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union
Ian Hodson is General Secretary of the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union, the union for McDonalds workers who have struck for £10 an hour in fast food. The BFAWU are leading the way in recruiting a younger generation to use trade unions to better their working lives.
Shaun Pender Unite the Union
Unite the Union is the largest union in the UK and their campaign to unionise Sports Direct has seen protests outside Mike Ashley’s stores across the UK. Unite’s Community branches campaign against Universal Credit, benefit sanctions, the Bedroom Tax, and against austerity.
Shankea Stewart Windrush speaker
Shankea arrived in the UK to live with her father when she was 12. She is a victim of the Hostile Environment policy, which has left members of the Windrush Generation destitute as they are not allowed to work or claim benefits until their case is settled. Shankea will speak about her case, and how callous the treatment of the Windrush Generation has been.
Save Queen St Post Office
The threat to close the popular Queen St Post Office in Nottingham to save money has been slammed by the Communication Workers Union who are battling to save it. Post Offices are a lifeline to people who may need access to government services and taking away the city’s Crown Post Office will be a loss to the city.
Plus: Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI)
Save Our Schools East Midlands
St Peter's Square
Nottingham NG1 2NW
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