Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Protests against benefits cuts

We'll be sending out our normal newsletter next week.  But in the meantime, we want to let you know about protests happening right now, or in the near future, against cuts which affect claimants.

The Broken of Britain are holding a blogswarm, beginning today and lasting over the weekend, entitled One Month Before Heartbreak.  It's intended to highlight the fact that the unusually short consultation about the abolition of disability living allowance, and its replacement with personal independence payments, ends in just one month's time.

More details about the blogswarm, which involves mass postings about the issue on blogs, at One Month Before Heartbreak and from Bendygirl writing in the Guardian.


You can take part in the DWP consultation about abolishing DLA and/or contribute to the Broken of Britain submission.

There's also a petition you can sign.


A National Day of Protest Against Benefit Cuts is taking place on 24 January, with events already arranged in London, Livingston, Leeds, Lydney, Burnley and Hastings.  Organisers are hoping that many more people will arrange events in their own local area.

Justice for All is a coalition of, so far, over 1,300 advice agencies, community groups, lawyers, members of the public and others.  They are campaigning against the slashing of the  legal aid budget, which could see hundreds of advice services close and a massive reduction in the availability of free advice about issues such as welfare benefits, debt and housing problems.

Justice for All launched with a lobby of the House of Commons on 12 January and have managed to get an Early Day Motion against the legal aid cuts tabled which you may want to ask your MP to sign. 

Justice for All are hoping that many more people will sign up to join the fight against legal aid cuts.

These may be small beginnings, but we hope that you'll find something here that you can support.  We'll do our best to keep you updated on any further actions in the coming months.

This information is also available online at www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/latest-news/1285-protests-against-benefits-cuts.

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