On Monday and Tuesday (13/14 January) Barnsley Unite Community branch will be taking the campaign to support people who have been victimised by Tory and Lib Dem welfare, benefits and job cuts into their communities.
From 11:00 on Monday (13 January) Unite Community will have a stall in Peel Square, Barnsley Town Centre, and will be touring local town centres and estates on Tuesday (14 January).
Unite Community will set up a stall in the town and will have campaign materials, and representatives from other organisations, including the Anti-Bedroom Tax Campaign, to help spread a positive New Year message.
Unite community coordinator for Yorkshire Joe Rollin said: “It is a disgrace that in one of the richest countries in the world increasing numbers of people are facing hardship brought about by tougher regimes in jobcentres, leading to benefit sanctions for vulnerable people, including people in work. Many are turning to food banks to feed their families.
“Cuts have also decimated support and advice organisations so Unite Community is attempting to get people working together and supporting the building of collective community based solutions to these bread and butter issues.
“Unite Community has linked up with the Gateway food bank in Barnsley and we have donated food paid for by Unite’s industrial members. We also refer many completely destitute people to the food bank who regularly come into our community centre. We are focusing on debt issues too, which are particularly relevant after the expensive Christmas period.”
For more information please contact Joe Rollin Unite Community coordinator on 07711 375 536 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Notes to editors:
- The Unite Community Centre is open every Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00–15:00. Unite Community Support Centre, NUM Headquarters, 2 Huddersfield Road, Barnsley, S70 2LS.
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.