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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.

 

Contacts and actions in your area

Contact your local community coordinator and get involved on Saturday 2 December.
REGION & COORDINATOR
AREA TIME ADDRESS
North East Yorks & Humber Consett  10.00-12.00 Unit 4, 26 Newmarket Street, Consett, County Durham, DH8 5LQ
John Coan  Huddersfield 14.00-15.00 Huddersfield bus station, Upperhead Row, HD1 2JL
0113 236 4830  Leeds 11.00-13.00 Outside Debenhams, 121 Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6LX
07711 375536  Middlesbrough 14.00-15.00 Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QJ 
John.coan@unitetheunion.org 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: Directions - Oxford Circus Tube then Exit 1 then walk 2 mins down Oxford Street and turn left on to Great Portland Street.
Dave Condliffe 


0208 800 4281 


07791 113806 


David.condliffe@unitetheunion.org 






South East Bracknell 12.30-14.30 Princess Square, by the War Memorial
Kelly Tomlinson  Brighton 13.00-15.00 Hove town hall, Western Rd/Tilsbury Place corner
02392 824 514  Crawley 13.00-14.30 Crawley, Queens Square (by old bandstand site)
07941 342835  Dover 10.00-12.00 Dover Biggin Street
Kelly.tomlinson@unitetheunion.org  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

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
Brett Sparkes  Bridgewater 11.00-13.00 Cornhill, Bridgwater TA6 3BU
01793 836480  Bristol 11.00 Fountains (opposite the Hippodrome) St Augustine's Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ
07718 666593  Bude 11.00-14.00 Lemon Quay TR1 2PU
brett.sparkes@unitetheunion.org Gloucester TBC

Minehead 11.00 Iceland The Avenue, Minehead TA24 5AZ

Truro 11.30-15.30 The Triangle, Belle Vue EX23 8JJ

Yeovil 11.00-14.00 Middle St, Yeovil: Somerset: BA20 1LS




Ireland TBC

Albert Hewitt 


028 90 020418 


07711 375537 


albert.hewitt2@unitetheunion.org






Scotland TBC

Jamie Caldwell 


0845 604 4384 


07711 376562 


jamie.caldwell@unitetheunion.org






North West  TBC

Sheila Coleman 


0151 203 1907 


07711 375538 


sheila.coleman@unitetheunion.org






Midlands  TBC

Shaun Pender 


01332548400 


07885 803449 


shaun.pender@unitetheunion.org






Wales  TBC

Ian Swan 


02920 394521 


ian.swan@unitetheunion.org



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 

Tell us your story

Get in touch and tell us about your Universal Credit stories. Send your stories to Liane.groves@unitetheunion.org.

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