On Wednesday 9 March protests will be held outside job centres across the UK and Ireland, in the biggest demonstration against benefit sanctions ever.
Brighton Benefits Campaign will be joining with Unite Community in a picket of Brighton Jobcentre.
More and more people are facing benefit sanctions. Half a million people have had their benefits suddenly stopped by sanctions in the last 12 months alone. Many have been plunged into poverty, unable to heat their homes or even eat. In some cases people have died as a direct result of sanctions.
These sanctions are cruel and handed out for trivial reasons such as:
- Arriving minutes late to a meeting
- Not applying for jobs when waiting to start a new job
- Attending a job interview
- Missing an appointment on the day of the funeral of a close family member
This is not about getting people into employment but about starving them into submission.
Benefit sanctions must be fought against!
We say NO TO CONDITIONALITY! NO TO SANCTIONS!