List of actions by Unite Community over Universal Credit on Saturday 2 December

30 November 2017

Stop and FIX Universal Credit day of action

Saturday 02 December 2017 at 08:00-20:00
This Christmas will be cancelled for thousands of families claiming the new benefit Universal Credit. Despite knowing Universal Credit causes serious problems for claimants, Theresa May’s Tory government is pressing ahead and rolling it out to thousands of people who will have to wait weeks to receive any money.Claimants are descending into debt, relying on food banks, getting into rent arrears and in many cases getting evicted from their homes because of in- built problems with Universal Credit.

Take action NOW against Universal Credit

On Saturday 2 December 2017 Unite Community will be staging a national day of action against Universal Credit to send a message to the Tory government that they must STOP & FIX Universal Credit before rolling it out and further or thousands of families face a cold a hungry Christmas and the threat of losing their homes.

Who gets Universal Credit

Universal Credit replaces five benefits – child tax credit, housing benefit, income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance, income-related employment and support allowance and working tax credit.

Seven million households will be affected, including over one million low paid part-time workers. For the first time ever people in work could face being sanctioned (having their benefits stopped) if they don’t prove to the job centre that they’re searching for better paid work or more hours.

What needs fixing

Unite is calling on the government to:

  • Abandon the long waits for claimants to receive money
  • Allow people to apply for Universal Credit in a jobcentre, not just online
  • Provide people with better help when the system fails them
  • Pay landlords directly to stop people getting into rent arrears and losing their homes
  • End benefit sanctions for in-work and out-of-work claimants
  • Stop payments going to one named member of a household
  • Make work pay – Universal Credit takes 63p in every £1 people earn

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Contacts and actions in your area

Contact your local community coordinator and get involved on Saturday 2 December.

North East Yorkshire & HumberAshington10.00-11.30Argos, Wansbeck Square, Station Road, Ashington, NE63 9XL
John CoanBarnsley12.00-13.30May Day Green, Outside Barnsley Town Hall, Barnsley, S70 1RH
0113 236 4830Consett 10.00-12.00Unit 4, 26 Newmarket Street, Consett, County Durham, DH8 5LQ
07711 375536Grimsby10.00  1 DECFreshney Place Shopping Centre, Grimsby, DN31 1ED
John.coan@unitetheunion.orgHuddersfield14.00-15.00Huddersfield bus station, Upperhead Row, HD1 2JL
Leeds11.00-13.00Outside Debenhams, 121 Briggate, Leeds, LS1 6LX
Middlesbrough14.00-15.00Middlesbrough Town Hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QJ
Newcastle11.00-12.30Sports Direct, 15/21 Northumberland Road, Newcastle NE1 7AL
Redcar10.00-12.00Redcar High Street, Redcar, TS10 3BZ
London & EasternCentral Londonfrom 14.00Costa Coffee: Oxford Street and turn left on to Great Portland Street.
Dave CondliffeBarking, Dagenham & Havering10.00-16.00Chequer’s Corner to highlight how important Dagenham JobCentre
0208 800 4281Brent12.00-14.00Neasden Parade Kilburn Unemployment WC
07791 113806CambridgeAll dayMill Road Winter Fair Clacton-on-Sea10.30-14.00Brotherhood Hall
Colchester16.00-18.00Town Hall, Colchester High Street
Essex11.00-14.00Waltham Abbey
Herts & Beds13.00-St Mary’ Square, leafleting in Watford High Street
Lambeth11.00-13.00Brixton tube station
Norfolk11.00-14.00Magdalen Street flyover, Anglia Square
Peterborough11.45-14.00Peterborough Bus station within central shopping area
Suffolk11.00-14.00Suffolk Unite Office
Tower Hamlets10.00-13.00Whitechapel Road by tube
West LondonTBC
South EastBracknell12.30-14.30Princess Square, by the War Memorial
Kelly TomlinsonCrawley13.00-14.30Crawley, Queens Square (by old bandstand site)
02392 824 514Dover10.00-12.00Dover Biggin Street
07941 342835Eastbourne11.00-13.00Bankers corner, Terminus Road, Cornfield Road
Kelly.tomlinson@unitetheunion.orgGillingham11.00-13.00Outside the Conservative club, 122-124 High Street
Hastings12.00-14.00Town centre opposite Lloyds, joint stall with the LP.
Herne Bay10.00-12.00Corner of Mortimer Street / Sea Street
Hove13.00-15.00Hove town hall, Church Rd/Tilsbury Place corner
Milton Keynes12.00-14.00Central MK, outside McDonalds
Oxford11.00-13.00Carfax tower, junction of Cornmarket Street, High Street, Queen Street and St. Aldgate’s
Portsmouth14.00-16.00Commercial Road, by the Fountain
Sittingbourne10.00-12.00High Street entrance to The Forum
Slough10.30-13.00Slough Square, outside the cinema
Southampton12.00-14.00Meet at The Bargate midday
South WestBath11.00-Xmas Market, meeting point Bath Spa Station  BA1 1SU
Brett SparkesBarnstapleTBC
01793 836480Bridgwater11.00-13.00Cornhill, Bridgwater TA6 3BU
07718 666593Bristol11.00-Fountains (opposite the Hippodrome) St Augustine’s Parade, Bristol BS1 4UZ Bude11.00-14.00The Triangle, Belle Vue EX23 8JJ
Gloucester11.00-Gloucester Eastgate St. GL1 1PA
Minehead11.00-Iceland The Avenue, Minehead TA24 5AZ
Truro11.00-14.00Lemon Quay TR1 2PU
Yeovil11.00-14.00Middle Street, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 1LS
IrelandBelfast13.00-DfC HQ, Causway Exchange, Bedford Street, Belfast
Albert HewittDerryTBCDerry Foyle Jobs and Benefits office
02890 020418
07711 375537
Jamie Caldwell
0845 604 4384
07711 376562
North West CumbriaTBCTBC
Sheila ColemanEllesmere Port11.00-14.00York Rd, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0DB
0151 203 1907LancashireTBCTBC
07711 375538Liverpool11.00-14.00Williamson Square, Liverpool city centre
Wirral11.00-16.00Open day for advice on Universal Credit, St Anne Street, Birkenhead, CH41 3SU
Midlands ChesterfieldTBCChesterfield Unite Community, New Square
Shaun PenderEast Staffs10.00-11.45Outside Primark in Burton town centre
01332 548400Northampton10.00-13.00The entrance of the Grosvenor Centre Northampton town centre
07885 803449NottinghamTBCBrian Clough Statue, Junction of Queen & King St, Off Market Sq, Nottingham, NG1 2BL
shaun.pender@unitetheunion.orgStoke/North Staffs11.00-13.00The Iron market, Newcastle-under Lyme town centre
WolverhamptonCity centre
Wales Aberystwyth11.00-13.00TBC
Ian SwanCardiff11.00-13.00Cardiff central library
02920 394521Merthyr11.00-13.00Merthyr town centre
Wrexham11.00-13.00Wrexham town centre

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