Welfare Reform Workshops at the Anarchist Bookfair

anarchist-bookfair-2013The 2013 London Anarchist Bookfair will be held on Saturday 19th October and feature two workshops on fighting welfare reforms.

The long running event which hosts workshops, films, political stalls and lots of people selling books attracts hundreds of people every year and is being held at the Queen Mary’s University on the Mile End Road.  The event has a creche for both younger and older children and all meetings and workshops are accessible – for full access details visit their website.

Boycott Workfare will have a stall at the bookfair and will be holding a workshop from 2pm in Room 326.  Earlier at 1pm activists from Brent Housing Action and the Haringey Solidarity Group will be discussing all aspects of welfare reform in Room G.07.

http://anarchistbookfair.org.uk/

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  2. And just how does one prevent the privatisation of the Royal Mail then ?

    • chewie
      i think the idea is to turn words into actions…

    • i think the answer is to shit on local mps doorstep or in his garden.

    • Buy shares in Royal Mail :-)*

      *applications must be in by October 8th

      • But we already owned the Royal Mail, didn’t we? If you had a car and someone offered you the “opportunity” to buy it off them all over again you’d do them for fraud.

        But this is the Tory Party. Ripping people off is what they do best.

        • yeah, you have a good point… the Royal Mail ALREADY IS a public-owned asset, so why the fuck are we buying it all over again? lol

      • Never mind issues such as privatisation, posties jobs, blah, blah, blah. The key issue and the only thing you should be asking yourself is: ” can I make a quick buck”. Put all your ideology and principle aside – nobody gives a stuff anyway – especially if you are on benefits since a few quick bucks* maybe help to offset those benefit sanctions. Look after Number One for once in your life. The government doesn’t give a f!”£ about you! Grab what you can!

        * providing you have at least £750 minimum investment
        ** shares are a risky investment; their value may go up as well as down, if you are unsure seek independent financial advice.

        • … yeah, they are expected to sell for £3.30 and rise to £4.50 on opening of trading, so for a grand that would be a quick £363 (- trading fees profit) – just over 5 weeks JSA sanction at 5. Another give-away of hard-working taxpayers money. You still need the wonga to buy them in the first place. It’s OK for some…

          • Surrey Stockbroker

            Now closed at £4.55 for the day… so on the MANDATORY £749.10 holding that is profit of £283.75 :-) (minus trading fees of course) EXACTLY (give or take 25 pence) 4 weeks JSA sanction money… now you see where your JSA sanction money is going… :-)

        • lol love I’ve haven’t even got 75p minimum investment what with the bleeding bedroom tax, having to pay council tax and to top it all the bleeding jobcentre have stopped me money… the government take from the poor to give to the rich! So I hope lol the champagne-swirling toffs and city wide boy/girls enjoy their free handout borne on the back of benefit sanctionees. Nice to see Osborne has got his priorities right – NOT! Off to make a bowl of filling porridge now, should keep me going for the best part of the day, then it will be beans on toast for dinner…. like it always is. Ax

          • Thank Jesus H. Christ for porridge and beanz and toast :-) manna from heaven when the fucking jobcentre have stopped your money :-) Some of us have surviving on this shit for God knows how long. :-) Praise the Lord! :-)

        • “The Lottery, with its weekly pay-out of enormous prizes, was the one public event to which the proles paid serious attention. It was probable that there were some millions of proles for whom the Lottery was the principal if not the only reason for remaining alive. It was their delight, their folly, their anodyne, their intellectual stimulant. Where the Lottery was concerned, even people who could barely read and write seemed capable of intricate calculations and staggering feats of memory. There was a whole tribe of men who made their living simply by selling systems, forecasts, and lucky amulets. Winston had nothing to do with the Lottery, which was managed by the Ministry of Plenty, but he was aware (indeed everyone in the party was aware) that the prizes were largely imaginary. Only small sums were actually paid out, the winners of the big prizes being nonexistent persons.”

          1984, George Orwell

  3. after you have found out where he lives.

  4. Rosemarie Harris

    Brilliant,I wished i lived in London we need this all over the country. This is what is needed the more people who have this information the more people can be making informed choices!
    If you live in London and want more information,just go and see!

  5. Alas, poor Darwin

    @Rosemarie Harris
    Here’s a list of links to other anarchist bookfairs in the Uk(and world) – check them out for info on workshops/talks

    http://anarchistbookfair.org.uk/others.html

    ‘New welfare support and action groups starting up’

    http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=2926

    • I’ve just watched Qestion time on the parliamentary channel (BBC1 thu)
      Yvette Cooper still spouting that they will provide jobs and an incomes guarantee provided by taxing bankers bonus’s, yet she does not state what the type of jobs are, or how much the incomes guarantee will be for the young that choose earning over learning, there will be sanctions according to her for any that fail at either earning or learning, what a cow.

      Most of these welfare support groups are only spouting what the government consider to be your rights and will stand by their sanctioning activities, I have found them to be totally ineffectual in the past and could be considered another sector of the poverty pimps brigade.

      Medhi Khan of the Huffington post was the only one on the panel that spoke up for the left and the poorest in society – not the 3 main parties or their representatives and certainly not Quinten Letts, the only thing I agreed with him on was the fact that political correctness has gone mad.

      • don’t be daft, the groups in that list are mostly claimant run and between them organise what few protests and actions do take place against sanctions, like this one: http://edinburghagainstpoverty.org.uk/node/114

        • I hope your right jv about them being claimants themselves, because it seems only claimants are capable of understanding what claimants are being put through by the fascist bully boys in the job centres.

          • g fawkes
            i can personally vouch for claimant run, grassroots, welfare rights groups, and are the only ones i’ll seek help from…they do their very best under difficult circumstances, the relief of being heard is vital…

          • yeah, they’re good people in those groups, they should be supported and we need a lot more of them

            • I helped start up a community association group with other unemployed people, we got grants to run things but did not take a wage it was all voluntary, then as things progressed some demanded salaries which I guess was inevitable because they were sick of years on the dole, then they got greedier and wanted bigger salaries, then they became labour councillors and were running the organizations as work programmes forcing the unemployed to work for nothing. I was not party to this as resigned due to the corruption deciding to campaign against them myself.
              It was the self same councillors that were responsible for having me locked up along with our mp. Nobody was allowed to rock their brainwashed boat of sanctions, so much for the unemployed helping the unemployed, none had qualifications, none knew anything about politics or where their policies were leading but they followed them blindly anyway.

            • ps. by the way one has resigned as councillor for not paying staff the minimum wage and the community association has gone into liquidation, another has started European funded community businesses most of which have failed and he is constantly criticized in the press for his exploitation, they are all in it for what they can get.

            • g fawkes
              i agree this can and does happen, and i know finding and choosing genuine people to help, with ones welfare rights is difficult, and often comes with bitter experience of let downs, i too have suffered these, being dropped right in the mire let downs, which is why i favour grassroot groups, even if they don’t get it right all the time, the genuine sharing of problems, as opposed to lip service is vital. you’ll also know people such as yourself, that will always seek truth no matter what, those who do listen, our intuition is vital, people who speak out and have their say and won’t blindly accept another’s pov, if it does not feel to make sense. people have often pointed things out that i did not at 1st see clearly, but i had a vague notion that they were right, and after looking at a matter, what they said made perfect sense, for the people by the people..as you know, there are some true twats out there, there are some really genuine people out there as well. once bitten twice shy..there are those that collude with the state, even when it is clearly wrong, for/in their own self interests, our common sense, when available tells us who they are.
              our personal history is the great teacher..

            • Spot on, guy…. seen it all before… “co-ops” and what have you turning to shit right before my eyes…

  6. Everyday I come in here looking for a glimmer of hope from you good guys. It’s soul destroying being alive just now. For me i have the dream of independence, if I can make it that far. A no vote will send me into even worse depression. .

  7. Just spotted this on the BBC website.

    Training company ‘falsified records’

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-24407567

  8. Sounds well worth checking out, cheers for the info Johnny.

  9. this might be a treat for some, culture shock are back on tour…

    http://www.cultureshock.me.uk/

  10. Yesterday i received a letter from one of the DWP’s ambassadors of death, JOHN ROTHWELL of Blackpool.

    He informed me, in no uncertain terms, that my Disability Living Allowance has terminated…………..

    Surely this is the act of celebration after all?

    I was robbed of my “lifetime award of disability” over a year ago and are still awaiting my appeal, thanks to an exterminator working for ATOS, EMMA BRODRICK.

    The reason they terminated my DLA was because i refused to fill in a 35 page questionnaire they sent to me that asks about my disability. it was a DLA80.
    It states that i have to fill it in so they know that i am receiving the right amount of benefit…………..

    As you all know, this is just a load of bollocks that seeks to reduce my benefits further.

    To put it in a nutshell, Esther Mcvey told parliament that existing holders of DLA benefit would not face PIP tests until 2015. The new tests are engineered to strip the mobility from as many as possible by using descriptors that hardly anybody will achieve.

    Not content with leaving existing DLA claimants till 2015, they decided on a plan to relieve you of your benefits even faster by claiming your circumstances have changed after receiving the answers you wrote on your questionnaire. Indeed, this is entrapment or trying to gain pecuniary advantage by deception………….
    A well known underhand trick to push you to another ATOS examination and further reduce your pittance.

    Stangely, when i examined the law regarding the matter of informing the DWP of a change of circumstance, i found this;

    “The effect is that claimants are required to report any change of circumstance which the secretary of state (ie the DWP), has told them to.
    However, there is no specific provision about where or how the change must be reported”.
    ………………………………………………………………………………
    Therefore by not filling in the questionnaire, and informing them that my circumstances have not changed, i have fulfilled my obligation.

    IN JULY LAST YEAR I HAD A DISABLEMENT FOR LIFE, NOW I HAVE NOTHING……………………

  11. I WAS ALWAYS WONDERING HOW CERTAIN PEOPLE ON THIS SITE HAD IGNORED ALL ATTEMPTS TO GO TO ESA TESTS AND NOT HAD THERE BENEFITS STOPPED;

    APPARENTLY BY ACCEPTING DOCUMENTATION FROM DWP ABOUT ESA TESTS AND REPLYING, YOU ARE FALLING INTO A TRAP THAT ENABLES THEM TO SAY “YOU HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED”

    THIS NOTIFICATION ACCEPTANCE IS ALL THEY REQUIRE TO STOP YOUR EXISTING BENEFITS.

    IN OTHER WORDS, IF YOU DO NOT REPLY TO THE ESA QUESTIONNAIRE, THEY HAVE NO POWER TO FORCE YOU TO ATTEND AN ESA.

    THE PROCESS IS HIDDEN WITHIN THE SMALL PRINT
    AMENDMENTS OF THE EMPLOYMENT AND SUPPORT ALLOWANCE ( TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS, HOUSING BENEFIT AND COUNCIL TAX BENEFIT) (EXISTING AWARDS) (NO2) REGULATIONS 2010.

    PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY;
    11. All the letter actually says which bears on the requirements that must be met in order to qualify for conversion is that “To decide if you are entitled to Employment and Support Allowance we need to assess and understand how your illness and disability affects the amount and type of work you could do”. In particular, it is of note that this says nothing at all about the degree to which a persons illness or disability must limit the amount or type of work they could do. As such it does not bear at all on what the requirements for conversion actually are.
    12. It is plain that the purpose of Reg 4(2)(c) is to ensure that a claimant knows about the nature of the test they are to be assessed with so that they can prepare for the examination. A further purpose is clearly to put in legislation a requirement that a claimant has been given a clear and accurate explanation of the process into which they are entering (the anxiety caused to long term ill claimants by the process having been widely anticipated.
    13. As the notice does not do this, it is submitted that the claimant is not a “notified person”. Therefore, the SSWP had no power to make a conversion decision in this case and the tribunal is invited to find that the purported decision is of no effect.

    ……………………………………………………………………………..

    YOUR BENEFITS HAVE BEEN SIMPLY REMOVED BECAUSE YOU WERE TRICKED BY THIS;

    “To decide if you are entitled to Employment and Support Allowance we need to assess and understand how your illness and disability affects the amount and type of work you could do.

    APPARENTLY THE EXPERTS WHO WROTE UP THE LAW COULD NOT DO IT BY THEMSELVES, THEY NEEDED YOUR APPROVAL THAT WAS HIDDEN IN SMALLPRINT.
    Reply

  12. Geoff I enjoy your posts.

    Just don’t let the bastards grind you down I feel confident change will come from somewhere to save us all.

  13. Government tells employers they can overrule GP fit notes

    Wednesday 01 May 2013 00:01

    The Government has indicated that employers may, in principle, be able to overrule a GP’s advice in a fit note as to whether or not a person is potentially fit to return to work.

    The little-noticed change was incorporated into new guidance on the fit note published by the Government in March and could allow an employer to give precedence to the views of an occupational health practitioner over those of a GP.

    In the guidance for employers and line managers, under the headline “Is the fit note binding on me?”, the Government has made it clear that the answer is “no”.

    The guidance states: “The assessment about whether your employee is not fit for work or may be fit for work (and any other advice in the fit note) is classed as advice, and it is for employers to determine whether or not to accept it.

  14. Good article in ‘The Guardian Society:- More tennents face eviction as a result of the bed room tax’.

  15. Empire Apologist Ahoy

    From the news I’ve learnt that kidnapping a mate of Damon Albarn (best known for once going out with someone who fronted a group who ripped off Wire) and that actor whatisface (he was in whatchamacallit) = media coverage.

  16. http://www.co.uk/news/uk-news/liamfox-claims-3p-expenses-2342861

    Guess he must be feeling the pinch like the rest of us eh?

  17. I start skills for work this week.
    Some post work-programme conditionality.
    Apparently in eight weeks we are going to be educated.
    We don’t get any extra money for doing this.
    Surely that goes against the principle of teaching people about work.
    Shouldn’t they be teaching people that work can be rewarding?

  18. pre “skills for work”, they word it like that so the “student”(victim) has to do all of the work, and work out what this actually means, ie give their terms meaning….they browbeat one into actually believing, one must be learning about something, but one can’t work out what one is learning, so one becomes dependant, on them for explanation, now do as you’re told!….coz, one already has skills ready for work…so what they do is patronise one for several weeks…it is bullshit to baffles brains…don’t need no pre skills for work, we already have them.
    what is really needed is real waged employment, to get real work skills, not pretend work, simulated work, with simulated pay, and simulated human rights,..all we need now is a few million jobs, not no wage slavery, wage slavery is evil enough…

    • well said obd.

      • Police warn struggling families not to turn to crime after spate of shoplifting
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        2013
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        POLICE have urged struggling families to seek help rather than turning to crime in an attempt to beat the recession.

        In September, Cleveland Police were called to 75 incidents of shoplifting where food and other groceries had been stolen or attempts had been made to steal items.

        Among some of the goods taken were loaves of bread, meat, cheese, eggs and biscuits and other groceries including coffee, fabric conditioner and washing tablets.

        Police believe there are people who are ashamedly forced into shoplifting to feed themselves and their families.

        Detective Chief Inspector Jason Dickson said: “My message is directed to those who believe they have no choice but to steal food to survive; there is help and support and turning to crime is not the answer to the problem.

        “A criminal record will last a lot longer than a phone call to a support agency.

        “Don’t be ashamed to ask for help.”

        Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland Barry Coppinger said: “As Teessiders we need to pull together to help those living in our area who are in need by raising awareness of local support mechanisms.
        —————————————————————————————–

        “Don’t be ashamed to ask for help” – why should the poor be subjected to getting out the begging bowl or stealing , that is what a welfare state is for.

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      The college is expecting to cross the 900 mark in the next few months as a number of full time learners are currently converting to employment.

      It comes after Hartlepool Borough Council launched a new campaign which aims to tackle the high rate of youth unemployment in the town and improve job prospects for young people.

      The mail also launched the Work in Progress campaign to highlight the plight of the town’s jobless.

      The Hartlepool Youth Investment Project (HYIP) aims to get 150 16 to 24-year-olds into employment, and 500 16-18-year-olds to have access to an internship with a local company.

      The college works in partnership with over 500 employers across the North-East who are convinced that engaging apprentices is the way forward to develop their business.

      Fred Felton, apprenticeship manager at Caterpillar Peterlee, said: “We have worked with the college for a number of years now and the quality of their fabrication and welding apprenticeships, along with other engineering disciplines, has delivered for us and we keep going back for more.

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      Town firm Gus Robinson Developments has taken on apprentices for a number of years.

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      See how Caterpillar are cutting jobs and taking on apprentices instead.

      115 jobs to be axed at Caterpillar plant in Peterlee
      The Peterlee Caterpillar factory.

      The Peterlee Caterpillar factory.

      Published on the 02 October
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      MORE than 100 jobs are set to be axed at Caterpillar, in Peterlee, as bosses look to cope with fluctuating market conditions.

      The truck manufacturer, in Mill Hill, is looking at making around 70 production staff and 45 office workers redundant from its 740-strong workforce

      It comes after the firm released 70 agency workers on Friday, September 27.

      Easington MP Grahame Morris said this wave of redundancies is “disappointing” and he hopes it will place Caterpillar in a stronger long-term position.

      Bosses are asking for voluntary redundancies.

      Mr Morris said: “The continuing success of Caterpillar is important to our manufacturing base in East Durham.

      “Personally I don’t differentiate between agency and core staff being made redundant, all job losses are a blow to families affected, especially in the run-up to Christmas.”

      A Caterpillar spokeswoman said: “We value our employees’ contributions, and these actions are not a reflection of them, but rather of the business climate.

      “As a consequence of the market conditions, our facility is operating at less than its installed capacity and we expect demand will remain relatively flat year on year. It is our intent to reduce the structure to reflect the industry demand and position the facility for long-term competitiveness.”

      A 45-day consultation period began on September 22 and will end in November.

      • sorry about part of the rubbish that is printed before the article on more apprenticeships in town of which caterpillar factory are recruiting and caterpillar making workers redundant. Anything before these two articles should not have been copied, but for some reason they will not let me link so I had to photocopy all.

  19. Here is a shocker, its amazing and disgusting what this bunch of demons in control are up to. This is from PressTV, they publish more truthful news than MSM. Here they show some of the money from UK charities are being funnelled to Syrian rebels. I don’t think that’s charity, its disgusting,

    http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/07/328040/syrian-terrorists-get-uk-charity-money/

  20. Allen

    You will find that most charitable donations go to pay ceo’s top salaries or to bribe corrupt foreign despots.

  21. What I meant was the government schemes that they send people on post work programme are obviously meant to simulate work or a work routine. If they don’t give people any extra benefits(pun intended)they are sending out the message that there is no incentive for making an effort.

  22. If like the caterpillar factory near us they are making workers of retirement age redundant and taking on apprentices, the redundant retired will not show up in unemployment figures and it will look like new jobs have been created.

  23. Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    October 8, 2013 at 9:28 am

    This extract from a recently posted freedom of information request to the DWP, shows the true extent that the government will go to, to deprive you of a recorded ESA EXAMINATION…..

    In addition to the revised WCA AL1C form being sent to claimants,
    the Minister for
    Employment also made a commitment that additional information on
    audio recording would be
    made available. I can confirm that this has also been done and more
    information on audio
    recording has been uploaded to the Department for Work and Pensions
    (DWP) section of the
    GOV.UK website. The information in question can be accessed through
    the following link –

    https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/s…

    pays/supporting-pages/improving-the-work-capability-assessment

    Atos Healthcare has also included a link to this further
    information on their website as well. The
    link can be accessed from the following page –

    http://www.atoshealthcare.com/claimants/…

    sessment

    Neither of the above links actually work therefore

    1) Please send me the correct links

    2 Please also send a copy of your WCA AL1C form

  24. You completed some nice points there. I did a search on the issue and found mainly folks will agree with your blog.

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