Fighting back against the bastards has never been more important, so here’s an updated list of some of the groups taking action against social security reforms. This list is far from exhaustive – apologies to those I’ve missed – feel free to post up links to any other claimant groups, websites and facebook groups in the comments. There’s more of us than ever now, keep spreading the word and get involved.
This blog will be taking a break until late August.
Boycott Workfare – fighting forced labour and unpaid work: http://www.boycottworkfare.org/ also on facebook and twitter @boycottworkfare
Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) – National group who’ve organised many actions in London and elsewhere including blockading Oxford Street and occupying the DWP: http://www.dpac.uk.net/ Join the facebook group or follow them on twitter @Dis_PPL_Protest
DPAC also have a network of local groups – for local contact details visit: http://www.dpac.uk.net/contact-details-for-local-dpac-groups/
Black Triangle Campaign – involved in organising protests throughout Scotland against the Work Capability Assessment and Welfare Reform as well as lobbying and campaigning work: http://blacktrianglecampaign.org/ Also have a facebook page and are on twitter @blacktriangle1
Mental Health Reistance Network – Called the recent protest against the re-location of mental health services in Streatham Jobcentre and have promised more action is to come, on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mental-Health-Resistance-Network/479666938752033
Carer Watch – resisting the constant attacks on Carers, visit their website and follow them on twitter @CarerWatch
UNITE Community Union – the attitude of UNITE’s leadership to claimants has been woeful but there has been some great work achieved by local groups throughout the UK, for more info visit: http://www.unitetheunion.org/growing-our-union/communitymembership/unitecommunityactivegroups/
Birmingham Against the Cuts – not just benefits related but have organised lots around welfare: http://birminghamagainstthecuts.wordpress.com/
Brighton Benefits Campaign – long running campaign which organises regular actions and protests: http://brightonbenefitscampaign.wordpress.com/
Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty – another long running campaign, lots of info on their website at: http://edinburghagainstpoverty.org.uk/
Haringey Solidarity Group – Long running local group, very active against workfare: http://www.haringey.org.uk/
Ipswich Unemployed Action – long running group with a recommended website at: https://intensiveactivity.wordpress.com/
Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group – hold weekly meetings, organise protests and regularly picket Jobcentres, more info at: http://kilburnunemployed.blogspot.co.uk/
Leamington Claimants’ Union have a website and seem to be recruiting new members: http://lcu.iopan.co.uk/
London Coalition Against Poverty – long running umbrella group campaigning on a range of issues: http://www.lcap.org.uk/
Norwich Claimants’ Union – On facebook and more details at: http://www.norwichclaimants.org/
Poor Side of Life – blogging and organising around Ashton Under lyne Jobcentre, details at: https://thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com/
Winvisible – Women With Visible and Invisible Disabilities – based in Crossroads Women’s Centre, Kentish Town: http://www.winvisible.org/
Benefit Claimants Fightback – facebook group for all claimants and supporters, ask to join at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/116432071735566/
Kate Belgrave – stories from the front line of welfare reforms, on twitter @hangbitch and at: http://www.katebelgrave.com/
Welfare Weekly – comprehensive social security news, on facebook and at http://www.welfareweekly.com/
DWP Examination forum – friendly forum for all those struggling with the WCA and welfare reform: http://www.dwpexamination.org/
Unemployment Movement Forum – forum for all things claimant related: http://unemploymentmovement.com/forum/index
ilegal – fighting to rescue social welfare law: http://ilegal.org.uk/
Refuted – Your rights on sanctions, workfare, mandated activity and more, on twitter @refuted and at: https://wwwrefuteddotorgdotuk.wordpress.com/
Disability News Service – regular news on disability and social security, on twitter @johnpringdns and visit: http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/
Disability Defence – Facebook group fighting for disabled people’s rights: http://www.facebook.com/groups/disabilitydefence/
Respect for the Unemployed and Benefit Claimants – long running facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/25024876259/
Other claimant related blogs and websites include Where’s The Benefit, Same Difference, Slutocracy, Joe Halewood, Vox Political, WOW Petition, Jayne Linney, AAV, Crippen and Keep Volunteering Voluntary – please put a link to yours in the comments.
There are too many groups fighting against social cleansing, gentrification and housing benefit cuts to mention in this post but in London some of the main campaigns are Focus E15, Housing Action Southwark and Lambeth, Streets Kitchen, Radical Housing Network, Action East End, Reclaim Brixton, Reclaim Hackney, Sweets Way Resists and Eviction Resistance.
Other related national groups
Class War – stood candidates at the recent elections including challenging Iain Duncan Smith in his Chingford constituency. Have consistently supported action by claimants and organised protests against the notorious Poor Doors in East London. Class War are on facebook and twitter @ClassWar2015
Solidarity Federation – Not specifically a claimant group but have run national campaigns against workfare including forcing Holland & Barrett to stop using unpaid labour – for all details: http://www.solfed.org.uk/
International Workers of the World (IWW) – One big union supporting all workers and claimants. Have been particularly active against welfare reforms in Liverpool and Scotland. For local branches and details of how to join visit: https://www.iww.org.uk/
Other national groups which have been involved in action against welfare reform include UK Uncut, Occupy, Anarchist Federation, People’s Assembly and the Right to Work Campaign.
That’s all for a bit folks, enjoy the Summer.
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