Stop and Fix Universal Credit day of action

Stop and FIX Universal Credit day of action

Saturday 02 December 2017 at 08:00-20:00

Fix universal credit ident This Christmas will be cancelled for thousands of families claiming the new benefit Universal Credit. Despite knowing Universal Credit causes serious problems for claimants, Theresa May's Tory government is pressing ahead and rolling it out to thousands of people who will have to wait weeks to receive any money.

Claimants are descending into debt, relying on food banks, getting into rent arrears and in many cases getting evicted from their homes because of in- built problems with Universal Credit.

Take action NOW against Universal Credit 

On Saturday 2 December 2017 Unite Community will be staging a national day of action against Universal Credit to send a message to the Tory government that they must STOP & FIX Universal Credit before rolling it out and further or thousands of families face a cold a hungry Christmas and the threat of losing their homes.


Who gets Universal Credit

Universal Credit replaces five benefits – child tax credit, housing benefit, income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, income-related employment and support allowance and working tax credit.

Seven million households will be affected, including over one million low paid part-time workers. For the first time ever people in work could face being sanctioned (having their benefits stopped) if they don’t prove to the job centre that they’re searching for better paid work or more hours. 

What needs fixing  

Unite is calling on the government to:  

  • Abandon the long waits for claimants to receive money
  • Allow people to apply for Universal Credit in a jobcentre, not just online
  • Provide people with better help when the system fails them
  • Pay landlords directly to stop people getting into rent arrears and losing their homes
  • End benefit sanctions for in-work and out-of-work claimants
  • Stop payments going to one named member of a household
  • Make work pay – Universal Credit takes 63p in every £1 people earn 

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Contacts and actions in your area

Contact your local community coordinator and get involved on Saturday 2 December.
North East Yorkshire & Humber Ashington 10.00-11.30 Argos, Wansbeck Square, Station Road, Ashington, NE63 9XL
John Coan  Barnsley 12.00-13.30 May Day Green, Outside Barnsley Town Hall, Barnsley, S70 1RH
0113 236 4830  Consett  10.00-12.00 Unit 4, 26 Newmarket Street, Consett, County Durham, DH8 5LQ
07711 375536   Grimsby 10.00  1 DEC Freshney Place Shopping Centre, Grimsby, DN31 1ED Huddersfield 14.00-15.00 Huddersfield bus station, Upperhead Row, HD1 2JL

Leeds 11.00-13.00 Outside Debenhams, 121 Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6LX

Middlesbrough 14.00-15.00 Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QJ 

Newcastle 11.00-12.30 Sports Direct, 15/21 Northumberland Road, Newcastle NE1 7AL

Redcar 10.00-12.00 Redcar High Street, Redcar, TS10 3BZ

London & Eastern Central London  from 14.00 Costa Coffee: Oxford Street and turn left on to Great Portland Street.
Dave Condliffe   Barking, Dagenham & Havering 10.00-16.00 Chequer's Corner to highlight how important Dagenham JobCentre
0208 800 4281   Brent 12.00-14.00 Neasden Parade Kilburn Unemployment WC
07791 113806   Cambridge All day Mill Road Winter Fair  Clacton-on-Sea 10.30-14.00 Brotherhood Hall

Colchester 16.00-18.00 Town Hall, Colchester High Street

Essex 11.00-14.00 Waltham Abbey

Herts & Beds 13.00- St Mary’ Square, leafleting in Watford High Street

Lambeth 11.00-13.00 Brixton tube station

Norfolk 11.00-14.00 Magdalen Street flyover, Anglia Square

Peterborough 11.45-14.00 Peterborough Bus station within central shopping area

Suffolk 11.00-14.00 Suffolk Unite Office

Tower Hamlets 10.00-13.00 Whitechapel Road by tube

West London TBC

South East Bracknell 12.30-14.30 Princess Square, by the War Memorial
Kelly Tomlinson  Crawley 13.00-14.30 Crawley, Queens Square (by old bandstand site)
02392 824 514   Dover 10.00-12.00 Dover Biggin Street
07941 342835   Eastbourne 11.00-13.00 Bankers corner, Terminus Road, Cornfield Road Gillingham 11.00-13.00 Outside the Conservative club, 122-124 High Street

Hastings 12.00-14.00 Town centre opposite Lloyds, joint stall with the LP.  

Herne Bay 10.00-12.00 Corner of Mortimer Street / Sea Street

Hove 13.00-15.00 Hove town hall, Church Rd/Tilsbury Place corner

Milton Keynes 12.00-14.00 Central MK, outside McDonalds

Oxford 11.00-13.00 Carfax tower, junction of Cornmarket Street, High Street, Queen Street and St. Aldgate's

Portsmouth 14.00-16.00 Commercial Road, by the Fountain

Sittingbourne 10.00-12.00 High Street entrance to The Forum

Slough 10.30-13.00 Slough Square, outside the cinema 

Southampton 12.00-14.00 Meet at The Bargate midday  

South West Bath 11.00- Xmas Market, meeting point Bath Spa Station  BA1 1SU 
Brett Sparkes   Barnstaple TBC
01793 836480   Bridgwater 11.00-13.00 Cornhill, Bridgwater TA6 3BU
07718 666593   Bristol 11.00- Fountains (opposite the Hippodrome) St Augustine's Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ  Bude 11.00-14.00 The Triangle, Belle Vue EX23 8JJ

Gloucester 11.00- Gloucester Eastgate St. GL1 1PA

Minehead 11.00- Iceland The Avenue, Minehead TA24 5AZ

Truro 11.00-14.00 Lemon Quay TR1 2PU

Yeovil 11.00-14.00 Middle Street, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1LS

Ireland Belfast 13.00- DfC HQ, Causway Exchange, Bedford Street, Belfast
Albert Hewitt  Derry TBC Derry Foyle Jobs and Benefits office
02890 020418 

07711 375537

Scotland TBC

Jamie Caldwell 

0845 604 4384 

07711 376562

North West  Cumbria TBC TBC
Sheila Coleman  Ellesmere Port 11.00-14.00 York Rd, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0DB
0151 203 1907  Lancashire TBC TBC
07711 375538  Liverpool 11.00-14.00 Williamson Square, Liverpool city centre Manchester TBC TBC

Wirral 11.00-16.00 Open day for advice on Universal Credit, St Anne Street, Birkenhead, CH41 3SU

Midlands  Chesterfield TBC Chesterfield Unite Community, New Square
Shaun Pender  East Staffs   10.00-11.45 Outside Primark in Burton town centre
01332 548400  Northampton 10.00-13.00 The entrance of the Grosvenor Centre Northampton town centre
07885 803449  Nottingham TBC Brian Clough Statue, Junction of Queen & King St, Off Market Sq, Nottingham, NG1 2BL Stoke/North Staffs 11.00-13.00 The Iron market, Newcastle-under Lyme town centre

City centre

Wales  Aberystwyth  11.00-13.00 TBC
Ian Swan  Cardiff 11.00-13.00 Cardiff central library
02920 394521  Merthyr  11.00-13.00 Merthyr town centre Rhyl 11.00-13.00 TBC

Wrexham  11.00-13.00 Wrexham town centre