STOP Universal Credit

Thank you to everyone that joined the Stop Universal Credit day of action 

Stop Universal Credit day of action Unite community staged a STOP Universal Credit day of action on 24 May 2018. See below on how you can get involved with the ongoing campaign.  

Stop universal credit identDespite knowing Universal Credit causes serious problems for claimants, the 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. 

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. 

10 reasons why Universal Credit should be stopped

  • Unbearably long waits for claimants to receive money
  • People can only apply for Universal Credit online making it inaccessible for many
  • Not enough help for claimants when the system fails them
  • Rent paid directly to claimants instead of Landlords causing people to get into arrears and even to lose their homes 
  • Letting agents are already refusing to rent to anyone claiming Universal Credit
  • Cruel sanctions for both in-work and out-of-work claimants 
  • Payments only go to one named member of a household
  • Universal Credit takes 63p in every £1 people earn 
  • Universal Credit leaves many working families much worse off than the old system
  • People in part-time work could be forced to give up work that suits their disability or family life in order to take up worse paid full-time work or risk sanctions.

Get help 

To find out what benefits you’re entitled to or for further help or information on Universal Credit visit Turn2us, a national charity that helps people gain access to welfare benefits and support services through their website or helpline

Tell us your story

Have you been affected by Universal Credit? If you would like to speak to Unite about your experience of Universal Credit please contact Liane Groves. #STOPUniversalCredit


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Universal Credit - National Day of Action events

Universal Credit - Here's the list of National Day of Action events that took place on Thursday 24 May - check out pictures from the day

London & Eastern

  • London: 1pm – 3pm, Old Palace Yard Demo then march to DWP –David Condliffe 07791 113806
    1pm, Henry Giles Job Centre, Chesterton Road –James Youd 07761 242146
    Luton: 6pm -9pm – I Daniel Blake Free Film showing then Q&A, Tokko Youth Centre, 7 Gordon St, LU12QP. Rachel Holmes 07526 282356
  • Hendon: 11am–12 pm, Job Centre 10 Finchley Lane, NW41DP, David Condliffe 07791 113806
  • Norwich: 12pm-2pm, The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF, Leafleting and petition. David Condliffe 07791 113806
  • Camden: 11am-12pm, Outside Tate Modern. Dennis Pearce 07734157849
  • Colchester: 12pm-2pm, St Nicolas Square, CO1 1LA. Rebecca Rocket 07799 362403.
  • Enfield: 11am-12pm, Enfield Job Centre, 34 Windmill Hill, Enfield, EN2 7AL, Enfield Chase Station and Enfield Town Station. David Condliffe 07791 113806
  • Hackney : 11am-12pm, Dalston Kingsland Station. Nicolas Bailey 07896 303207
  • Ealing: 11am-12pm, Ealing High Street, Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre, London W5 5JY. David Condliffe 07791 113806
  • Brixton : 11am-12.30pm, Outside Brixton Tube. David Condliffe 07791 113806
  • Islington: 10:30am-12pm, Jobcentre Plus, Medina Rd, London N7 7JX and Jobcentre Plus, Barnsbury Rd, London N1 0EX. David Condliffe 07791 113806 
  • Ipswich: 11am-1pm, La Tour Café, Ipswich Waterfront. Shelly Darwin 07950 641063
  • Peterborough: 11am-1pm, Peterborough Bus Station, Cowgate End. Steve Cawley 07756 563329
  • Tooting: 11am-1pm, stall outside Tooting Broadway station. Linda Pickard 07969 385494
  • Harlesden: 11am-12pm , Harlesden Jobcentre, Harlesden House, 161 Harlesden High St, London NW10 4TL. David Condliffe 07791 113806
  • Walton: 11am-3pm, street stall and a leaflet drop in Walton town centre. David Condliffe 07791 113806  


South East

South West

  • Barnstaple, Devon : 10am-2pm, Outside Barnstaple Guildhall, Butchers Row, Barnstaple EX31 1BW. Brett Sparkes 07718 666593
  • Bideford, Devon : 10am-2pm, Intersection of High St and Mill St. Brett Sparkes 07718 666593
  • Bridgwater, Somerset: 11am-1pm, Admiral Blake Statue, Bridgwater High St, TA6 3BE. Brett Sparkes 07718 666593
  • Bristol: 1.30pm-3.30pm, Temple Street Support Centre, 100 Temple St, Bristol BS1 6AG. Brett Sparkes 07718 666593
  • Cheltenham, Gloucestershire: 9am-11am, Job Centre Plus, 7 North St, Cheltenham GL50 4DJ. Brett Sparkes 07718 666593
  • Coleford, Gloucestershire: 9am-11am, Job Centre Plus, 4 Mushet Place, Coleford GL16 8HS. Brett Sparkes 07718 666593
  • Gloucester: 11am-1.30pm, Cross and Eastgate Street. Brett Sparkes 07718 666593
  • Stroud, Gloucestershire: 8.30am-9am, Job Centre Plus, Cornhill, Stroud GL5 2JT. Brett Sparkes 07718 666593
  • Truro, Cornwall : 11am-2pm, Job Centre Plus, Lemon Quay, Truro TR1 2PU. Brett Sparkes 07718 666593

North West

  • Liverpool: 11.30am-1pm Williamson Square Job Centre, Williamson Square, Liverpool City Centre. Sheila Coleman, 07711 375538  
  • Manchester: 12pm-1.30pm, Rusholme Job Centre 96 Wilmslow Rd Manchester. M14 5BJ. Sheila Coleman, 07711 375538  
  • Ashton: 10am-11am, Ashton Job Centre 101 Old St, Ashton Under Lyne OL6 6 BJ. Sheila Coleman, 07711 375538  

North East, Yorkshire & Humberside

  • Halifax  : 11am-1pm, outside Job Centre, Crossfield House, St James Rd, Halifax HX1 1YS. John Coan  07711 375536
  • Huddersfield : 11am- 12pm, outsideHuddersfieldBus Station, Upperhead Row,Huddersfield,West Yorkshire,United Kingdom,HD1 2JN. Mick Calvert07747 634971
  • Newcastle: 12pm-1pm, outside Sports Direct, 15-21 Northumberland St, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7AL. Paul Dawson 0191 580 0186
  • Leeds: 1:30pm-3:30pm, Labour Rooms in Morley. 2 Commercial Street, Morley, Leeds, LS27 8HY. Matt Keighley  07834 122489
  • Middlesbrough: 10am-12pm, outside Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Rd, Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ. John Taylor  07484 214509  

West Midlands

  • Worcester : 11am-12pm, 22 May. High Street (outside Guildhall)
  • Cheylesmore: 11am-1pm, Jobcentre Plus (Coventry) CV1 2HJ.
  • Rugby : 11am-1pm, Rugby Job Centre Plus, Albert Street Rugby CV21 2TD.

East Midlands

  • Glossop: 10.30am-12.30pm High Street
  • Nottinghamshire: 10.30am-1pm, 26 May. Bulwell Market NG6 8HD
  • Northampton: 11am-1pm, the Fountain in Market Square, Northampton town centre. Petitioning and leafleting throughout the town
  • Chesterfield: 7pm, 22 May Universal Credit public meeting, Chesterfield Central Methodist Church, S40 1UH.

  Northern Ireland

  • Belfast: 3pm-4pm, Castle Court shopping centre, Belfast Royal Avenue, city centre. Albert Hewitt 07711 375537