Anti workfare protestors blockade and occupy Superdrug and British Heart Foundation

from Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty:

Protestors blockaded and occupied both British Heart Foundation and Superdrug in Edinburgh today Saturday 8 December, in opposition to their participation in the government’s workfare schemes.

A huge banner declaring IF YOU EXPLOIT US WE WILL SHUT YOU DOWN blocked the entrance to the BHF furniture store in Leith’s Kirkgate centre as demonstrators occupied the shop. Impromptu speeches were given inside and out, explaining that although BHF had claimed to be “moving away” from workfare, they were still taking on new compulsory placements.

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DWP have started blocking FOIs on workfare.

One of our comrades submitted the following freedom of information request:

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Please could you provide a list of organisations signed up to
provide unpaid work placements under the mandatory Work Activity
and Mandatory Work Programme schemes as referred by Jobcentre Plus,
and the name of the linked providers in the Poole and Bournemouth
area.

Here’s the reply he got – after 2 weeks!

Well what do you fucking know!

They’re rattled, because it’s working!

Update – here’s another:

The Nasty World of the JSA Sanction!

From Good Advice Matters – Free benefit advice!

The Nasty World of the JSA Sanction!

Came across this today. Seems there is a clause in the Welfare Reform Bill which will negate people from claiming assessment rate during reconsideration if ESA is stopped by ATOS forcing them onto JSA. Bastards.

No ESA for claimants who want to appeal

WHAT TO DO IF YOU ‘FAIL’ YOUR WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT – By Crutch Collective.

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