Archive for the ‘Demonstrations’ Category


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

September 5, 2016


Tuesday 6th September

12 noon Crown House Upper North Street


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.


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


Day of Action Against Sanctions – Wednesday 9th March 2016

March 1, 2016

Day of Action Against Sanctions poster

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! 



        endsanctions UniteCommunity



Refugees Welcome Here – National Day of Action in Brighton

September 7, 2015


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


Fighting austerity – taking on the real scroungers!

June 17, 2015

Brighton Benefits Campaign formed in 2010 as a response to the Labour government’s ‘welfare reforms’ which included obligatory workfare for the unemployed, computerised testing of disabled people by Atos, and forcing lone parents of increasingly younger children to sign on, alongside the privatisation of public services, including the NHS and education. Lucrative contracts were given to private providers to bully claimants off benefits.

This assault has intensified and broadened enormously over the last five years, using the financial crisis as the perfect excuse for cuts and outsourcing. To justify their actions and turn us against each other, the millionaires in government and the media demonise one vulnerable group after another – claimants, migrants, lone parents – and the new Tory government are now preparing to target young people and low paid workers.

A decent, public welfare system is in the interest of all of us, whether we are in work or unemployed, frail or able-bodied. Benefit levels are the floor of our wages, and cuts undermine pay and working conditions, health and safety, and the ability to organise. Destroying welfare serves only the richest who never need it, and the bosses, as an army of desperate people are forced to compete for every job.

The attack on welfare is at the heart of a mass assault on all our rights – employment, housing, healthcare, education, social security and justice. The odds against us may seem insurmountable but with solidarity we can fight back.


On Saturday 20th June we will be taking part in a massive national demonstration in the heart of the City of London, right on the doorstep of the very people who created the crisis in the first place – the banks and their friends in Westminster. 

Join us on the train: meet 9.30am at Brighton Station.  Look for the BBC banner!


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The abandoned Barclay’s bank in Preston Circus was occupied after the local anti-cuts demo on June 6th, .  In the UK 112,000 people are condemned to live on the streets without shelter, despite 1.5 million disused buildings.

To bring about a society based on sustaining life, not on sustaining the needs of the market, we have to take matters into our own hands. Radical Bank is about empowerment. It is a space to share skills and reshape ideas around gender, equality, self-sufficiency, ecology and direct action. When you strike one of us, you strike all of us.

Barclays have struck back by obtaining a repossession order, so that they can turn out the people who have restored the space and are making use of it as a community resource and shelter for those without homes, and leave it to disintegrate for the next 10 years.  This seems incredibly illogical, but of course it is the ruling elite defending their right to private property come hell or high water.

More info at Radical Bank of Brighton and Hove


March and Sleep Out for the Homeless in Brighton today!

April 15, 2015





General Assembly
Love Kitchen
Speakers/Open Mic

Join us!


Day of Action Against Maximus and the Work Capability Assessment!

March 2, 2015



A national day of action has been called on Monday 2nd March against Maximus, the private company which is taking over running of the despised Work Capability Assessment for sickness and disability benefits. These crude and callous assessments, introduced by       Labour, have been used for years to strip benefits from hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled people after a quick computer-based test rules them ‘fit for work’. The evidence of GPs and health care professionals is ignored. Even the terminally ill can be dragged from their deathbeds to be tested.

The last figures released by the DWP in 2012 showed a massive   increase in deaths among those who had recently come off   disability benefits. A growing number of suicides have been   directly linked to the regime of tests and sanctions. Many people have been left destitute and hopeless, because being found ‘fit for work’ just drives people onto the dole queue, with no     guarantee of them finding or keeping a job.

To justify their actions, the millionaires in government and the media have tried to denigrate those most in need, in language reminiscent of Nazi propaganda. As a result, disabled people and their families have become targets of abuse and some have even been physically       attacked.

American firm Maximus has been involved in forcing people off     benefits and into workfare in the UK since they were appointed by Labour to operate the infamous New Deal. Like many private firms paid billions to take over the work of public services, Maximus had a history of complaints including accusations of fraud and theft, bad working practices and failure to deliver to service users.

Now Maximus is taking over the WCA from poverty pimps Atos with a lucrative £500 million contract. They are inheriting the   offices and systems and even the medical director of Atos. New clowns, same old circus…

Maximus were the very first private provider Brighton Benefits     Campaign picketed in March 2010, and we were involved in the   campaign against Atos, which led to that company asking to be     released from its contract early. Maximus is boasting they won’t be driven out in the same way. We’ll see about that!



Demonstrating against austerity, cuts and privatisation

June 19, 2014

Friday 20th June

Meeting to organise around July 10th Public Sector strike

A meeting to bring together workers in the public and private sector who work in central Brighton,, to discuss the best support for the strike action.

The aim is to raise awareness and support for the dispute among other workers in the central Brighton area.

12.45 – 1.30pm Friends Meeting House Ship Street Brighton

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No More Austerity demo poster

No More Austerity demo poster

Join us on the train – meet Brighton Station 11am

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NHS fat cats

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Save Our Schools demo


Events coming up – Atos Demo 2, Grosvenor G Casino pickets, Week of Action

March 25, 2014

Plenty of action coming up!

On Tuesday 1st April there will be another ATOS DEMO.
From the people who brought you the very successful national demo at Atos testing centres, this one takes place outside your local Jobcentre!  The demo will focus on DWP policies, the WCA process, sanctions imposed upon disabled claimants and their predictable outcome.  Policies which will affect us all – one way or another. Those, both in and out of work, will see the consequences of a system implemented by Labour and continued by the ConDem coalition.
11am Brighton Jobcentre Edward Street

Grosvenor G Casinos – workfare exploiters and corporate parasites – are holding a ‘work experience’ open day this Friday 28th March.
Join us in telling them that cutting their labour costs by taking on unemployed people to do job for nothing is not work experience but slavery experience.
10.30am Grosvenor G Casino (opposite Brighton Pier)

And on Saturday 5th April we will be holding another of our very popular Pub & Picket nights.
Meet up at the Old Ship Hotel bar at 9pm and then take part in a late picket of Grosvenor G next door.


This will be part of the Week of Action called by Boycott Workfare.
More info at

Don’t forget the NUT teachers’ strike tomorrow – see you on the rally!




Labour Party conference demo photos

October 6, 2013

Thanks to all who took part.







The Labour Party is called the Opposition – tell them to start acting like it!

September 16, 2013



 When a Labour government swept to power in 1997, it could have restored those rights which had been under attack since the 1970s. Instead it chose to ally itself with corporate tax-shirkers, company bosses, grasping landlords and rich investors, to turn Britain into a paradise for the privileged.

Now we have a Coalition intent on breaking open every last part of our public services for private profit, and threatening millions of us with homelessness and destitution.  Our rights to secure housing, employment, healthcare, education, justice and social security are all under attack, while divisive propaganda is used to blame the worst off and turn us against each other.

Yet Miliband and Co. just stand on the side-lines or actively cheer it on, because Labour still agrees with every cut, every sell off, and every assault on the rights of  working people.

Labour supports cuts in the name of austerity.  Despite the fact that the financial crisis was due to the gambling of greedy unregulated bankers and that trillions of pounds was spent on bailing them out, it has been used as an excuse to launch a vicious attack on the public sector.  Since the crisis the income of top earners has rocketed while the rest of us face frozen pay, crippled services, and job and housing insecurity.

Labour scorns those reliant on benefits.  It was Labour that introduced US-style workfare schemes, which it still approves of, and employed Atos to force the sick and disabled off benefits  through the iniquitous work capability assessment.  No wonder Liam Byrne is promising to help the Tories salvage the shambles of  Universal Credit, which is planned to punish all those on low incomes.

Labour has turned its back on workers.  Far from reversing Thatcher’s assault on employment rights, Labour openly got into bed with business.  Workfare in particular represents a state handout to the bosses while attacking real jobs – substituting dole slavery for paid work and threatening pay and conditions, health and safety, and the right to organise.

Labour supports privatisation. Hardly surprising, after all it introduced academy schools, tuition fees, NHS foundation trusts and the Private Finance Initiative.  Dodgy private companies like G4S have been paid millions in public money.  Labour talks of saving the NHS in 2015 – but there won’t be anything left to save.

When will Labour stop embracing Tory policies and remember who it is supposed to represent.  We already have one major party for the wealthy and privileged, we don’t need another.


Meet at the Level at 10.30am.  Wear black if possible. Follow the coffin representing the death of our rights in a slow march to the Brighton Centre.


Directly following the demo.  Join us in taking action against the private companies and charities making use of corporate welfare.