When a government just doesn’t care

The Department of Work Pensions—the epicentre of the coalition government’s destruction of the welfare state as we know it—was today (March 19) the scene of Unite’s national day of action against benefits sanctions.   Hundreds gathered outside the DWP to protest the cruel sanctions, in which benefits claimants’ entitlements are suddenly cut for spurious reasons, […]

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No one deserves sanctions

Unite activist and former Teeside charity boss, Jessie Jacobs speaks out against benefits sanctions   Today at 12.30pm I was stood outside Middlesbrough job centre, speaking to a crowd of people about the benefit sanctions regime. I have been taking part in Unite’s national day of action #no2sanctions.   Up until recently I was leading […]

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Fighting ‘grotesque’ sanctions

  Unite Community members today held protests against grotesque benefit sanctions outside over 75 job centres across the United Kingdom.   Millions of claimants have faced sanctions varying in length between four weeks and three years. Many are often imposed for the most trivial reasons that are beyond the claimant’s control. The unemployed, sick, disabled, […]

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OPINION POLL: Scottish voters election priorities are public services

UNISON Scotland today commented on a new opinion poll which shows that public services are the number one issue for the majority of Scottish voters.

The poll was undertaken by Survation, for UNISON Scotland, and asked voters to explain their priorities. Scots said that public services, welfare, jobs and pay were the most important issues for them in the coming general election. 

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