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One Day Without Us – stand with migrants!

February 19, 2017

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Since the June referendum, both EU nationals and non-European migrants living in the UK have come under enormous pressure. Inflamed by anti-migrant hostility from the media and politicians, racism and prejudice are being openly expressed, accompanied by a steep rise in hate crimes – including murder.  Benefit claimants – the unemployed, disabled people, lone parents and the low paid – have now been joined by migrants as scapegoats blamed for all our ills, rather than the corporate greed, grasping landlords, feckless bankers, media tycoons, tax dodgers and all those profiteers who are driving the gulf between rich and poor ever wider and destroying our society.

Our government of millionaires and landlords now plan to use Brexit to launch a further assault on the rest of us. Human rights and environmental protections can be cast aside, as once again profit is put before people. Three million EU citizens who have made their homes in the UK face losing their rights. One million are threatened with deportation.

We cannot just stand by and allow this to happen. On the UN World Day of Justice we are inviting migrants from across the world to take part in a nationwide Day of Action to show how important migration is for our society and to defend the principle of free  movement.  This is also a great opportunity to convince more MPs to join the opposition to a headlong rush into Brexit disaster.

We invite British-born citizens to stand alongside the men, women and children who are our doctors, nurses, carers, students, teachers, farm workers, scientists, shopkeepers, restaurant staff, taxi drivers, writers, workmates, classmates, friends, neighbours, family and partners. Whatever your nationality and place of origin join us and make February 20th a day of protest, solidarity and celebration.

For 24 hours, take time out from your normal activities. Close your business, leave your classes, march or have a party, hold a meeting or a rally. Take the day off work if you can. Wear badges and armbands, put up posters or give out leaflets, make placards. Hold mini demos at lunch or tea-time, have a five-minute silence, stand outside your place of work for ten minutes or an hour or more. It’s time to stand up and be counted. Let people know who you are and what you do.

Britain was created by migration. Whether you are an immigrant or not, whether your family arrived 4, 40, 400 or 4000 years ago, join us in celebrating and defending our multi-cultural society, our  migrant colleagues, neighbours, friends and fellow citizens, and the  human right to free movement.

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Day of Action – Tuesday 6th September: NO MORE WELFARE DEATHS!

September 5, 2016

DAY OF ACTION: NO MORE WELFARE DEATHS!

Tuesday 6th September

12 noon Crown House Upper North Street

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During its last term in office, the Labour government introduced the Work Capability Assessment, administered by infamous poverty pimps Atos. It was supposedly ‘a test of what you can do, not what you can’t’ … The result was that many disabled people were forced off the benefits which enabled them to live. Those who failed could be put through a stressful appeals process, and if successful, dragged back within months to be tested again.

In the years since, successive governments have overseen accelerating benefit cuts as part of the destruction of the welfare state and other public services. Cuts have caused increasing physical and mental ill health, and rocketing numbers of deaths and suicides among disabled claimants. At the same time the millionaires in parliament and in the media have determinedly scapegoated claimants to justify bullying them into hunger, homelessness, hopelessness and destitution, resulting in a rise in hate crime.

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Join Brighton Benefits Campaign and Brighton Disabled People Against Cuts in saying ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! In work or out of work, disabled or not, we all have a right to live decent lives. Social security was intended to aid us in doing so when we can’t earn a living ourselves. It’s a right not a privilege or a reward.

No more deaths

https://www.facebook.com/events/149575722153263/

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National Day of Action Against PIP

July 12, 2016

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Personal Independence Payment (PIP) is the replacement for Disability Living Allowance (DLA).   DLA was intended to provide support for the extra costs of being disabled, enabling disabled people to live a life on more even terms with non-disabled people. The DLA system worked well, but the entire PIP system is rotten to the core.

Just as the Work Capability Assessment was intended to throw disabled people off benefits and onto the dole queue, the whole purpose of making the change from DLA to PIP is to remove their entitlements to vital support.

This is not about saving public money.  Private companies Atos and Capita are making a killing from conducting sham PIP assessments which are seeing thousands of claimants having their benefits refused, their incomes slashed and their motability cars removed.  Reports of the shoddy nature of the assessments are growing every week.  Although the success rate at appeal tribunals is high, it is taking up to six months or longer for cases to be heard, leaving those most in need struggling to survive.

Over the last eight years, increasing numbers of disabled people  have been forced into destitution or worse, just to fulfil the aim of successive governments out to serve their wealthy friends by destroying the welfare state, slashing taxes and forcing millions of ordinary people into virtual slavery.  The attack on the disabled is part of a mass assault which affects the rights of all of us.

Whether or not you are disabled, whether or not you are on benefits, we invite you to join Brighton Benefits Campaign & Brighton Disabled People Against Cuts in taking action against the poverty pimps who are doing the government’s dirty work for huge profits.

 

 

 

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Anti-workfare demo at the Synergy Centre tomorrow

June 10, 2016

Saturday 11th June – meet at 10am Clock Tower

We are sorry that MAIS and the Free University are still going to be using the Synergy Centre for their event this Saturday.  We understand they have had problems finding an alternative suitable venue.

However the Synergy Centre has only recently come into existence.  Before it opened, groups and campaigns found venues to hold their events where deliberate use of unpaid labour was not an issue. Or where the issue was speedily resolved when it was brought to the attention of the venue management, as happened with the Brighthelm.

The Synergy Centre is unrepentent about its involvement with Seetec and the Community Work Placement scheme, and sticks by the anti-claimant rhetoric of its website.  We will continue to encourage all other left and anti-austerity groups to boycott the Synergy Centre until this situation is resolved.

Stop Workfare at Synergy

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Brighton Action Against Sanctions

March 14, 2016

Short video of the action on 9th March 2016 outside Brighton Jobcentre.

http://bambuser.com/v/6144793

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Day of Action Against Sanctions – Wednesday 9th March 2016

March 1, 2016

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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!

 

        endsanctions UniteCommunity

 

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Day of Action Against Workfare: Picket of Seetec 5/2/16

February 2, 2016

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On Friday 5th February we will be picketing the local office of poverty pimps Seetec
Meet outside Tower Point, 44 North Road Brighton BN1 1YR at 11.30am

Seetec is a private company which profits from workfare – the forcing of those in need into unpaid labour under threat of destitution. People are referred by Seetec for six-month full-time stints of workfare, in unsuitable places, some at long distances from home. Seetec is also noted for its excessive use of sanctions to punish the slightest perceived act of non-compliance.

Even those who believe that the unemployed should be made to work must see that none of this makes sense either socially or economically. It is clearly NOT about saving public money, seeing as the benefits, the travel, and the profits of the private providers of the discredited Work Programme all come out of public funds.

It is certainly NOT about finding people jobs or cutting unemployment. How can anyone even be expected to search for a job while being forced into six-months full-time unpaid and unskilled employment, plus up to three hours travel a day, all the while struggling financially on miniscule benefit and in terror of losing even that?

Join us in saying Enough is Enough!
Time to end workfare, to sack the poverty pimps, and to recognise that welfare is a human right.

More info on Seetec:
http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?tag=seetec
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seetec

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National Day of Action Against Pinnacle People – Friday 18th September

September 17, 2015

Hold a local picket

London (action by Kilburn Unemployed Workers)
Basildon
Brighouse
Brighton (action by Brighton Benefits Campaign)
Bristol – Central
Bristol – Windmill Hill City Farm
Bury
Chelmsford
Chippenham
Dewsbury
Gravesend
Hastings
Hounslow
Leeds
Manchester
Nottingham
Ramsgate
Salisbury
Sheerness
Shirehampton
Sittingbourne
Southmead
St Austell
Stroud
Swindon
Tewkesbury
Weston-Super-Mare
Woking
Yate

Take part in the Communications Blockade

Head office:
6 St Andrew Street
London
EC4A 3AE

website contact form:
http://www.pinnaclepeople.co.uk/contact-us/

10 Minute Mail provides short term anonymous email addresses

email:
contact@pinnaclepeople.co.uk
lee.trappitt@pinnaclepeople.co.uk

phone:
0800 088 4000
0207 427 5160

fax:
Pinnacle People: ?
Pinnacle Places: 02074 275199

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Refugees Welcome Here – National Day of Action in Brighton

September 7, 2015

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A symbolic event for those who believe that refugees should be welcome in the UK has been organised in Brighton and Hove on Saturday 12th September, through the collaboration of local welfare campaign initiative Enough is Enough and welfare rights advice agency CASE, based in Hollingdean.

This will coincide with a national day of action in support of a major demonstration in London, which has been called in response to reports of refugees who are fleeing war, persecution, torture and poverty losing their lives or struggling to find a safe haven. Rapidly increasing numbers of organisations and individuals are calling on the government to make a humanitaritan and compassionate response and to meet its share of the responsibility to provide protection for those in need.

Brighton and Hove is known for its diverse and welcoming culture. The event on Saturday is for those in the city who can’t travel to London on the day, but who want to make it clear: REFUGEES ARE WELCOME HERE!

“Scarcity is a myth,” Pip Tindall from Enough is Enough stated. “There are enough resources for us all to share, and the rich have been making fortunes through the economic crisis. Now people are refusing to blame each other, and are holding out their hands to those most in need.”

Josephina Salamone from CASE explained. “The best assets for our society and for each of us are generosity and solidarity. What we allow the government to deny to ‘other’ people will eventually be denied to us: first refugees and migrants, welfare claimants and disabled people, single parents, the young and the old… eventually it will be your turn!.”

Other local organisations including migrant support groups are supporting the Brighton event, which starts at 12 noon near the War Memorial.

Enough is Enough is a positive campaign initiative of Brighton Benefits Campaign

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Day of Action Against Pinnacle People – Friday 18th September

September 2, 2015

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Why are we taking action against Pinnacle People?

Following drastic changes to the social security system introduced since 2009, sick and disabled people have faced a harsh test – the Work  Capability Assessment – designed to throw them off benefits and force them to sign on. Those found unfit to work (many on appeal) are placed in one of two groups entitled to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).  The support group is for those not expected to recover sufficiently to earn a living. The work related group is supposed to prepare sick and disabled people to ‘return to work’.

Despite the protection given to sick people on ESA under the law, it has come to light that Pinnacle People (who have the lucrative contract to conduct work-focused interviews for those in the work related activity group), are pressurising ESA claimants into doing job searches, under the supposed threat of sanctions.

Work related activity consists of volunteering, courses and so on, to make sick people ‘employable’. It does not include an obligation on them to look for work. The law states that people on work related ESA ‘may not be required to look for work’. This means they should not be required to do so, rather than they might not.

Benefit advisers have also reported that people have been made physically and mentally more ill by this incessant and unlawful pressure. Some ESA claimants have actually been asked to do more than healthy JSA claimants!

The bullying of sick and disabled people must stop. Figures just released show that thousands have died after being put through the WCA, and many have ended in destitution or even suicide. The system is not fit for purpose.

Benefits for those unable to earn a living through sickness or disability should return to being based on the reports of claimants’ own doctors or specialists. Private providers like Pinnacle People must not be allowed to make a fortune from poverty. And benefits must not be conditional – they are intended for our needs, not a reward.