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National Day of Protest Against Benefit Cuts – Day 3

April 11, 2011

The 3rd National Day of Protest Against Benefit Cuts has been called for April 14th 2011.

Millions are set to be affected by savage cuts to housing, disability, sickness and welfare benefits. People with disabilities, illness, the unemployed, single parents, carers the low waged, part time students, volunteers, homeless people and college students are all likely to see a devastating drop in disposable income with many slipping even further below the poverty line.

The poorest and most vulnerable are being asked to pay for the mistakes and extravagances of the richest. Meanwhile poverty pimps like Atos Origin and A4e are set to rake in hundreds of millions on government contracts to bully and intimidate people from claiming the pittance handed out in benefit payments. Many disabled people have threatened suicide if these cuts are allowed to continue. Some have tragically already carried out that threat.

The first two days of protest against benefit cuts have seen demonstrations, meetings, unemployed discos, public pantomimes and occupations in cities across the UK. Atos Origin have been forced to close offices, protesters have gathered inside and outside workfare sharks A4e and demonstrations have taken place from Downing Street to local town centres such as Lydney and Crawley.

We are fighting for our homes, our livelihoods, our very survival. It’s time to show these public school parasites and their poverty pimp collaborators we mean business.

Actions/events organised so far:


Thursday April 14th 2-5pm

Churchill Square Brighton


Thursday April 14 · 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Benefit Cuts Hurt Protest – 3rd National Day of Protest

Government Buildings, Flowers Hill, Bristol, BS4 5LA


Thursday April 14 – 12.30

Protest 14/4 at the bandstand in Burnley town centre from 12.30 onwards, everyone welcome, bring homemade placards and banners. Called by East Lancs Right to Work.


Thursday April 14th – 11am – 1pm

ATOS, York Place (near top of Broughton St)

Edinburgh protest against ATOS


Thursday, April 14 · 1:30pm – 2:30pm

ATOS ‘Health Care’ Corunna House 29 Cadogan Street, Glasgow

Glasgow Anti-Benefit Cuts Leafleting outside Atos


Thursday, April 14 · 10:30am – 2:00pm

Meeting @ Leeds Train Station 10am before moving to picket ATOS from 10:30 for an hour then move onto A4e/BEST for a couple of hours. The last picket was a great success and we hope to have another good day. Bring banners, flags etc.


Thursday, April 14 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Atos Origin ‘Healthcare’ Ltd,  Scotland HQ Livingston, Appleton Parkway – Eliburn

Please contact: for details of travel and transport if you are attending this event.


Thursday, April 14 · 8:30am – 9:30am

Islington Protests Against Benefit Cuts

There will be a protest at 8.30am to 9.30am outside the Atos Healthcare assessment centre at 1 Elthorne Road, just off Holloway Road, 2 minutes walk south from Archway tube.

Thursday, April 14 – 2pm

Protest Outside The Daily Mail – Stop the Defamation – Stop the Lies

Daily Mail Headquarters, Young Street (off Kensington High Street), London W8 5TT

Protest Outside Westminster City Hall & Mass Food Give Away!

Thursday, April 14 · 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP


Protest against Benefit Cuts:

2pm, Thursday 14th April 2011 at Monument, Newcastle upon Tyne

called by Disabled People Against Cuts North East and Tyneside Claimants Union


Outside the Jobcentre at noon. Everyone welcome!


Thursday, April 14 · 11:00am – 4:00pm

Lemon Quay Truro

In line with the third National Day of Action against benefits cuts Cornwall Anti Cuts Alliance will be staging an awareness demo in Truro.


National Troll A Tory Day 3 and Rat On A Rat!

Armchair Army

and then Cardiff on Monday 18th April – 2:00pm – 8:00pm

Cardiff Unemployed Daytime Disco

The Rockin Chair, Lower Cathedral Road, Cardiff

We call on all claimants, as groups or individuals, to organise and take action around the country on April 14th.

If you are planning an event in your town or city please add details in the comments below to be added to this page and the facebook page at:

You can also send details to

If you would like to see action locally, set up a group, event page or ask below. We will do out best to promote and co-ordinate all activity.

Supported by:

o Anti-Benefit Cuts Glasgow

o Armchair Army

o Black Triangle Anti-Defamation Campaign

o Brighton Benefits Campaign

o Cardiff’s Unemployed Daytime Disco

o Carer Watch

o Carer Watch fb page

o Crippen – Disabled Cartoonist

o Diary of a Benefit Scrounger

o Disabled People Against Cuts

o Dundee Unemployed Workers

o East Lancs Right to Work

o Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty (ECAP)

o Free London Listings

o Goldsmiths in Occupation

o Haringey Solidarity Group

o Ipswich Unemployed Action

o Islington Hands Off Our Public Services (IHOOPS)

o Islington Poverty Action

o Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group

o Lancaster and Morecambe Against the Cuts

o London Coalition Against Poverty (LCAP)

o London Foodbank

o Mad Pride

o Medway Against Cuts

o Mental Health Resistance Network

o Norfolk Community Action Group

o Nottingham Claimants’ Union

o Nuneaton Against Benefit Cuts

o Oxford Save Our Services

o Squattastic

o Tyneside Claimants Union

o Welfare Action Hackney

o Welfare Rights 4 u (UK)

o Work Programme & Flexible New Deal Scandal

o World Homeless Day

18 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2011 7:55 pm

    I hope you dont mind but I’m going to copy and paste the details about the protest??..

    Thanks …

  2. March 11, 2011 9:34 am

    Have put this on my blog as well

  3. March 28, 2011 7:59 pm

    Please add Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty to the list of supporters of the Day of Action against Benefit Cuts.

    We would also be grateful if you could add our website to the list of links, as we are keen to contribute to the growing movement against the cuts and attacks on claimants and all working class people.

    in solidarity Mike for ECAP

  4. Steve permalink
    April 5, 2011 4:03 pm

    Does anyone know of any action /protest takin place in manchester on the 14/3?

  5. April 10, 2011 7:10 am


    Good luck to all. As someone currently signing on and trying to find stuff to fill in that silly jobsearch booklet and dealing with some mental issues (used to claim ESA but guess what happened) you are fighting the good fight. We shall have justice.

  6. April 12, 2011 6:59 am

    And what the hell is “public school parasites” supposed to mean?

  7. April 12, 2011 8:45 pm

    “public sector parasites”
    “welfare scrounging parasites”

    Both hate speech whichever way you cut it.
    A disgrace from people who are supposed to be campaigning against bigotry and simplistic ignorance.

  8. West Yorkshire Solidarity Federation permalink
    April 21, 2011 10:33 am

    As part of the the 3rd National Day of Protest against Benefit Cuts West Yorkshire Solidarity Federation organized a picket of the ATOS Origin regional headquarters (who carry out medicals for the DWP) followed by a picket of A4e and Best who get paid for getting people into low paid employment.
    About 20 people turned up including WYSF, AF, SWP and a guy who’d come from Manchester despite having walking difficulties.
    Outside ATOS there was a noisy presence and a “photo opportunity”, where a professional photographer took various photo’s, don’t know where these ended up.
    Following this we headed off to A4e/Best. Along the way we lost the SWP who disappeared and never turned up at A4e/Best.
    Outside A4e/Best we leafleted clients and the public. A lot of discussions with Best clients took place between ex Best client on the demo and present clients who “supported” Best. Across the road we heard from 3 former Best clients who were very hostile to Best.
    We had a couple of queries about the Red and Black flags. Overall a good day and the public were generally receptive towards the leaflets. We would like to thank everyone who took part and hope to carry on putting pressure on these corporate leeches.


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