Stop benefit sanctions

Thursday 30 March 2017
National Day of Action Against Sanctions
More and more people are facing benefit sanctions. 300,000 people have had their benefits suddenly stopped by sanctions in the last 12 monthsNew Component.

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
Essex Community Branch:
Colchester JCP - 10.00 to 2.00 pm
Loughton JCP - 12.00 - 2.00 pm

East London: Leytonstone Job Centre - 11.00 am.

South West London: Mitcham Jobcentre Plus, 317-321 London Rd, Mitcham CR4 4YF Leafleting - 10.00 to 11.00 am.

Camden: Camden Jobcentre, Kentish Town Jobcentre - 9.30 am to 11.30 am.

London Community Branches Action: 
Meet at at Westminster Tube. Walk to Old Palace Yard for banner drop then on to Parliament Square for a roll call MPs.  Then on to the Treasury to present placards and to the DWP for the roll call/demo / hand in giant postcard Death Workfare Poverty at 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm.
3.00 to 4.30pm Social at Unite Office, Holborn, food and drinks plus a special performance of “Cracks in the System”.
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 -

Haringey: Wood Green JCP , 1 Western St, N226UH - 9.30 am to 10.30 am.
Lambeth and Southwark: Brixton Job Centre - 10.00 am to 12.00 pm.
Norfolk: Norwich Job Centre, Pottergate, Norwich 'Fruit Bank' giving away free fruit and veg - 10.00 am to 12.00 pm

Suffolk: Ipswich Jobcentre Plus, St Felix House, Silent Street, Ipswich, IP1 1TF - 11.00 am to 1.00 pm.

East and West Midlands - Shaun Pender
Nottingham Community will be running an advice stall outside Jobcentre plus Lockley House, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3DQ and will hosting an I Daniel Blake event at Nottingham University (A40 Sir Clive Granger) 6.00 pm start.

Derby Community Branch: We will be meeting at 11.00 am at The Health Assessment centre, Southgate Retail Park, Normanton Road, Derby, DE23 6UQ (Near LIDL) and marching to St Peters Cross, by the church on St Peter Street, and will be running a stall from there. 
Leicester Area Branch: 12.00 noon Rally and leafleting, Clock Tower, Leicester.
National Day of Action Benefit Sanctions free screening 'I, Daniel Blake' and discussion - 2.30 to 8.00 pm, Secular Hall, 75 Humberstone Gate, LE1 1WB.
Birmingham Community Branch: Leafleting outside  Five Ways House, Islington Row Middleway, Birmingham, B15 1SL between 12.00 to 2.00 pm.
Coventry and Warwickshire Community Branch: Leafleting outside Cheylesmore Job centre Coventry, CV1 2HJ between 09.45 to 11.00 am.
Worcester Community: Unite Community stall outside Worcester Job Centre Plus, Farrier Street.This will be preceded by a placard-making session at the Unite Office, Severn Street WR1 2ND from 10.30 to 11.30 am
Friday 31st March - Worcester Radical Films will be showing 'I, Daniel Blake' at The Hive, Worcester WR1 3PD The showing is sponsored by Unite Community. Discussion to follow film. Doors open at 6.45pm. Free entry to Unite Community members.

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
Ramsgate: 12.00 to  2.00 pm - street stall outside Ramsgate Job Centre, High Street, Ramsgate, CT11 9TT

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

Tonbridge: 11:30 to 2:30pm street stall outside the Job Centre, Crown Buildings, Bradford Street, Tonbridge, TN9 1DX 

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: 12.00 to 2.00 pm street stall at the Job Centre, Gresham  House, 20-22 Station Road, Crawley, West  Sussex, RH10 1EZ
Bracknell: 10.00 am to 12 noon – street stall outside the Job  Centre, Fitzwilliam House, Skimped Hill Lane,  Bracknell, RG12 1JX.

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

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.
Sheffield :  Sheffield are doing a free showing of “I, Daniel Blake” (details below).  
Free showing of "I, Daniel Blake" 6.30 to 8.30pm at Manor Estate Social Club, 794 City Road Sheffield S2 1GN
North West - Sheila Coleman 

Liverpool: Williamson Square Job Centre, Williamson Square, Liverpool City Centre - 11.00 to 1.30 pm.
Manchester: Protest outside Bolton DWP, Bolton Elizabeth House, 21 Back Spring Gardens, Bolton - 12.00 to 2.00 pm.
Ashton Job Centre, 101 Old Street, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 6BJ - 10.00  to 12.00
Openshaw Job Centre, 52 Cornwall Street, Gorton, Manchester, M11 -  9.00 to 10.00 am.
Rochdale Job Centre, 2 Fleece Street, Rochdale, OL16 1LT -  9.00 to 2.00 pm.
Salford Job Centre, Churchill Way, Paddington Close, Salford, M6 5PL - 9.00 to 10.30 am.
Eccles Job Centre, Sentinel House, Albert st, Eccles, M30 0NA - 10.30 to 12.00 noon.
Stockport Job Centre, Heron House, Wellington Street, Stockport, SK1 3AQ - 10.00 to 12.00 noon.
Wirral Community Branch has created a Thunderclap: 
New Brighton: 10.30 to 2.00 pm - Morrisons, Marine Point, Kings Parade.
Cumbria: Carlisle Job Centre, Broadacre House, 16 – 20 Lowther Street, Carlisle, CA3 8DA - 10.00 to 1.00 pm
Ellesmere Port: Ellesmere Port Job Centre, Port Arcades (Bus station entrance), E.Port, CH65 0AP - 12.00 to 3.00 pm.
Warrington: Warrington Job Centre, Mersey Street, Warrington, WA1 2BL - 11.00 to 1.00 pm 
Chester: Chester Job Centre, Chantry House, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AQ - 12.00 to 3.00 pm.
Preston: Preston Job Centre, Ringway, Preston - 10.00 to 1.00 pm.
Community screenings of I, Daniel Blake at the following venues and times:
31 March: Neston Youth and Community Centre, Burton Roadd, Neston, CH64 9RE.  Film: 7.30 pm.
1 April, Blacon, Paradise Enterprise Centre, The Parade, Blacon, Chester, CH1 5HW. Doors open 2.00 pm. Film: 2.30 pm.
Guest speaker, discussion and free refreshments at both screenings. 
South West - Brett Sparkes
Swindon: Outside the job centre on Princes street at 10.00 am. 
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
Aberdare: 3.00 pm to 4.00 pm - Job Centre Plus, Crown Buildings, Greenbach, Aberdare, CF44 7HU
Barry: 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm - Job Centre Plus, 9 Holton Road, Barry, CF63 4HA
Bridgend: 11.00 am to 12 noon -Job Centre Plus, Market St, Bridgend CF31 1LJ
Cardiff: 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm - Job Centre Plus. 64 Charles St, Cardiff CF10 2GS
Chepstow: 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm - Job Centre Plus, Station Road, Chepstow, NP16 5UL
Llandudno: 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm - Job Centre Plus, 29 – 31 Chapel Street, Llandudno, LL30 2SS
Merthyr:  1.00 pm to 2.00 pm - Stall, High Street, Merthy Tydfil, CF47 8DN
Rhyl: 11.00 am to 12.00 noon - Job Centre Plus, 80 High St, Rhyl LL18 1UU
Swansea: 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm - Job Centre Plus, 37-38 High Street, Swansea, SA1 1LS
Screening of I, Daniel Blake at 7pm at The Phoenix Centre, Paradise Park, Powys Avenue, Swansea, SA1 6PH.
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.