Stop benefit sanctions

Thursday 30 March 2017
National Day of Action Against Sanctions
More and more people are facing benefit sanctions. Half a million people have had their benefits suddenly stopped by sanctions in the last 12 monthsNew Component.

That’s half a million people, many of whom have been plunged into poverty, unable to heat their homes or even eat. How is this meant to help prepare people for work?
Benefit sanctions must be fought against

These sanctions are cruel and handed out for ridiculous reasons such as:
  • Arriving minutes late to a meeting 
  • Not applying for jobs when waiting to start a new job!
  • Missing an appointment on the day of the funeral of a close family member.

This has to stop.

nite demonstration outside the Department of Work and Pensions in London - watch the video here  - See more at:
Unite demonstration outside the Department of Work and Pensions in London - watch the video here  - See more at: other action
  • Share your story – we are looking for people who have been sanctioned to tell their story.
  • We want to show the reality and impact on people’s lives - show your support - share on Twitter and Facebook #No2Sanctions 

JOIN US - Thursday 30 March

Please join an event near you on Thursday 30 March to stop benefit sanctions in your community.

We will continue to add new actions on a regular basis, so please check back.

For further information please email your Unite community cordinator (see below).

London & Eastern - David Condliffe
London Community Branches Action:
1.00 pm - Outside Westminster Tube: Banner Drop, Balloon Release
1.45 pm - March to DWP at Caxton House
2.00 to 3.00 pm - Demo at DWP Caxton House

Herts and Beds Branch: Luton, Jobcentre, Guilford Street - 12.00 noon.
Contact: Rachel Holmes, Branch Secretary - Email: | Mobile: 07526282356.
@HerBedUniteComm https://www.facebook.comBaHUniteComm

Kilburn Jobcentre – 12.00 to 1.00 pm.

Unite Community Islington Branch action: 11am Barnsbury Job Centre, N1 0EX

Outside the Job Centre, Henry Giles House, 73-79 Chesterton Road, Cambridge CB4 3BQ. We will then march along Chesterton Road to Bridge Street and do a banner drop in front of Quayside - 12 noon to 2.00 pm.

Barnet Unite - No Sanctions, No Targets, No Closures !!
10.00 am to 11.00 am - Finchley Job Centre, 40 Ballads Lane, N3 2BL.
12 noon to 1.00 pm - Edgware Job Centre, 29 High Street, Edgware, HA8 7DX.
Contact Branch Secretary Janette Evans -

East and West Midlands - Shaun Pender
Protest & Film - Stop Benefit Sanctions - Save Eastern Ave JCP
Manor Top, Sheffield - 5.00 to 9.00 pm.
Leicester: National Day of Action Benefit Sanctions 'I, Daniel Blake' - 2.30 to 8.00 pm, Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, LE1 1WB.

South East - Kelly Tomlinson
Unite Community Berkshire Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire (BOB) Branch
Bracknell: 10.00 am to 12 noon - Job Centre Plus, Fitzwilliam House, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell, RG12 1JX
Facebook event page:  followed by showing of I Daniel Blake – please get in touch for more details.

Oxford: 10.00 am to 12 noon - Job Centre plus,  7 Worcester Street,  Oxford, OX1 2BX

Slough: 11.00 am to 1.00 pm - Job Centre plus, Upton Lodge, 2A Yew Tree Rd, Slough SL1 2AQ

Reading: 11.00 am to 1.00 pm - Job Centre plus, Adelphi House, Friar St, Reading RG1 1HD

Milton Keynes:  12 noon to 2.00 pm – Job Centre Plus, Midsummer Blvd, Milton Keynes MK9 2ES

Unite Community Sussex Coast Branch
Hastings: 12 noon to 2.00 pm -  Job centre plus, 149/159 London Rd, Saint Leonards-on-sea TN37 6LJ

Brighton: 11.00 am to 1.00 pm, information stall, in front of the war memorial at the Old Steine, Brighton, BN1 1EL

Unite Community Portsmouth and District Branch
Portsmouth: 12 noon to 2.00 pm, information stall at the fountain, Commercial Road, mourning gown to be displayed and coffin, pall bearers and mourners with a huge grim reaper (on stilts) to hold a funeral procession to the Job Centre, 27 Arundel St, Portsmouth PO1 1NB

Isle of Wight: TBC

Unite Community Southampton (UCSA) area Branch
Southampton: 12.30pm, The Bargate, Southampton - '‘Who Killed DB’ The protest will centre around a funeral procession with coffin, pallbearers and mourners. Mourners will be provided with placards bearing the words 'Sanctions Kill.' The procession will leave the Bargate at 12.30pm make a circuit of the pedestrianised shopping precinct before moving on to the Job Centre, 18 Bernard St, Southampton SO14 2HP. Facebook event page:

Unite Community Kent Branch
Whitstable: 11.00 am to 1.00 pm – Job centre plus, 13 High St, Whitstable CT5 1AP.  Followed by– I Daniel Blake film, 7.30pm - Whitstable Labour club, 12 Belmont Rd, Whitstable CT5 1QP

Unite Community Crawley, Surrey and North Sussex Branch
Crawley: TBC

North East, Yorkshire & Humberside - John Coan
Briggate, Leeds - 12 noon to 2:00 pm.

Middlesbrough Protest - Job Centre, 80 Corporation Rd, Middlesbrough TS1 2RF 12 noon to –1.30 pm.

Film | I, Daniel Blake - Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street LS2 7EQ - 7.00 pm to 10.00 pm. 
Sunderland: 6-16 Market Square - 11:45 to 1:30 pm.
Huddersfield: Upperhead Row HD1 4 - 12 noon to 1.15 pm.
North West - Sheila Coleman
Wirral Community Branch has created a Thunderclap: 

New Brighton: 10.30 to 2.00 pm - Morrisons, Marine Point, Kings Parade.
Ashton-under-Lyne: 10.00 am to 12.00 noon - 101 Old Street.

South West - Brett Sparkes
Lemon Quay, Truro 12.00 to 3.00 pm.

Bridgwater Jobcentre, Bridgwater High Street, next to Admiral Blake: 11.00 to 1.00 pm.


Bristol - College Green 6.00 pm.

Film | I, Daniel Blake - 7.00 to 9.30 pm
Venue: Somerset Film @ The Engine Room, 50-52 High St, Bridgwater TA6 3BL Phone: 01278 433187. £3 standard ticket but if people can afford more there is a solidarity ticket at £10.
For more information visit:

We will also be raising money for Bridgwater food bank.

Wales - Mary Williams
North East Wales Community Branch: Rhyl Job Centre, 80 High St, Rhyl LL18 1UU - 11.00 am until around 12:30 pm. We will also be joined by comrades from the Rhyl People's Assembly and other groups.
For more information please email:

South Wales
Barry, Swansea, Newport, Pontypridd, Aberdare, Caerphilly, Merthyr, Bridgend, Aberavon, Porth, Caldicot, Chepstow, Abergavenny, Monmouth and Usk - 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Scotland - Jamie Caldwell

Edinburgh: We are all Daniel Blake and & Unite Community Edinburgh Demo - 10:30pm High Riggs Job centre, 20 High Riggs, Edinburgh EH3 9HU 
12pm Argyle House, 3 lady Lawson St, Edinburgh EH3 9DR. Contact: Willie Black— Tel: 07515686421
North Ayrshire: Unite Community & People’s Assembly - 10am to 11am – Irvine Job Centre, 129 High St, Irvine KA12 8AA. Contact: Arthur West - Tel: 07826127759
Dundee: Dundee Jobcentre, Murrygate, Dundee, from 12 till 1.30. Contact: Andrew Duncan - Tel: 07895710753 
Fife: Dunfermline Job Centre, KY12 9 - 11am. Contact: Jim Mann- Tel: 07882318298
Dundee City Centre, outside Boots - 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm.

Ireland - Albert Hewitt
Portadown Jobs & Benefits Office, 140 Jervis Street, Portadown, BT62 3EX - 12:00 to 1.00 pm.