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The Con-dem government is planning to slash billions from the benefits system in a series of moves which will cause increased poverty and destitution for millions of people.

Disabled people, parents, pensioners, the unemployed and the low waged could all be drastically affected with many even losing their homes.

The measures include:

Caps to Housing Benefit payments which could see tens of thousands in inner cities facing homelessness.  This will include pensioners, parents, disabled people, low paid workers and both the long and short-term unemployed.

Scrapping of Disability Living Allowance which could see disabled people forced into demeaning and unnecessary medical testing, with many possibly having their benefit reduced or withdrawn.

The end of Educational Maintenance Allowance which encourages young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to remain in education.

The continued testing of claimants on Employment Support Allowance using tests which have already been branded unfit for purpose and led to people with terminal illnesses being found fit for work and having benefits reduced.

Unnecessary and intrusive pressure on single parents to look for work, regardless of their personal circumstances and how it may impact on their children.

Changes to the way Housing Benefit rates are calculated, meaning many of the poorest families and individuals could lose up to 20% of their already small disposable income.  In addition those who have been unemployed will be expected to fund an additional 10% of rent, not easy when you only have a few pounds a day to live on.

Housing Benefit to only be available to people under 35 for a room in a shared house, leading to over-crowding and increased homelessness.

Workfare – unemployed people forced into unpaid work.

In addition local councils around the country are cutting disability support services, training centres for the unemployed,mobility schemes and other vital services.

All benefit claimants need to stand united and fight like never before against this unprecedented erosion of the Welfare State.  If we tolerate this now then who knows what else could be around the corner.

The National Day of Action Against Benefit Cuts on the 15th December has been called by groups of autonomous benefit claimants around the country to begin the fight back against these cuts.  Groups and individuals are joining in protests and actions around the country.  Please keep an eye on the main page for details or visit and join the facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=181074851903167

This is just the beginning.  We will not pay for their crisis.

If you are organising an event, or would like your site/group to be added to the supporters list on this page please write on the facebook page or contact us at:  notowelfarecuts@yahoo.co.uk

32 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2010 2:52 pm

    Well done for trying to document the extent of the cuts – I almost forgot about the “shared room” rate being pushed up to under 35’s from 25.

    One thing I have to suggest is about bringing MPs into this debate. Yes, they planned the cuts under an alleged “no choice” policy. Yes, we can blame the banks and those companies not paying tax.

    Can we remember the MP expenses scandal? Little did we know that they create “reform” as a fast-track piece of legislation… and the MPs are now better off now then they were before.

    While VAT increases from January 2011… which will affect individuals; businesses will be getting decreased corporation tax. Capitalism has won once again. I wont even say the specifics of the bank bonuses at the end of this year!

    This is an attack on the poor… all different walks of life of the poor… not just those on the dole, but the disabled, those in education and those in work!! The middle-classes are getting it easy, and MPs are the wealthy middle classes who are sticking their two fingers up at us all.

    I hope we get solidarity from the students too… it will directly affect them too!

  2. med1medical permalink
    January 8, 2011 7:07 pm

    I would like to subscribe to this site

  3. February 11, 2011 9:28 am

    I couldnt agree more, we have been fighting for 2 years now via our own website and sister forum of the same name. The issues surrounding the demonisation of sick,disabled and unemployed residents of the UK are many, particularly the stance the press have taken in clearly siding with Government opinion, that we are all welfare benefit scroungers. I wonder what would happen if the Government attacked other Minority Groups in the same way? We should stand together, attend protests and if that is not possible troll a tory or two daily untill they hear our voice.

  4. February 24, 2011 7:14 pm

    Hello and congratulations on what you are doing.

    Firstly let me say I think the attack on all benefit claimants is an ideological attack from the “Bullingdon Set” which Cameron and Osborne belong to, the conservatives hate the welfare system, they believe in the old adage ” The strong will survive ” , I for one dont wish to live in that sort of society.

    I know what it’s like to care for someone and all the problems that entails, I know and understand that the little pittance carer’s get in benefit is disgusting but I think the attack on Incapacity benefit and DLA claimants is rather like the treatment the nazi’s handed out to the disabled and sick in the 1930s and the early years of the war, their eugenics policy was to eliminate the poor, the disabled and those who were not of good stock, it may seem a rather exagerated statement but I sincerely believe that is what this reform is all about.

    Has anyone thought about doing a mass letter campaign to one of the major newspaper’s to highlight the problem? Has anyone thought of contacting Prof Paul Gregg who was one of the original architects of the ESA/WCA , I have his contact details etc.

    I think bombarding one of the nationals may cause a huge stir but we would need to get thousands of letter’s sent, what does anyone think?

    If anyone wishes to contact me through my blog then I will reply.

    http://dearengland.wordpress.com/

    I shall do an article onmy blog about the day of action also…

  5. simon tyszko permalink
    April 3, 2011 1:58 pm

    we rea!lly need a claimants union, lets organise

  6. Barry permalink
    May 27, 2011 1:54 pm

    VIDEO: Pensioners and Disabled People block Oxford Circus to protest against benefit cuts 26/5/2011

  7. July 1, 2011 6:56 pm

    Check out http://www.workprogramme.org.uk to find template letters of how to refuse the work programme and mandatory work activity schemes!!!

  8. Hattie permalink
    November 29, 2011 9:14 am

    Hi ITV News are looking for a case study to film with today (on the day of the chancellor’s Autumn statement). Preferably a fmaily on benefits who would like to sepak out about how difficult it may become if the predictions are correct that those on unemployment or disability benefits will pay lose out via uprating to the system which instead of using September’s CPI rate (5.2%) using a 6 month average which would work out at 4.5% – some predict that could lose families £100 a year.

    If anyone knows of a London-based caswe study please give me a call on 0207 430 4434 ASAP.
    Many thanks,
    Hattie

  9. shark permalink
    January 1, 2012 6:49 pm

    this might help
    http://consent.me.uk

  10. February 8, 2012 11:01 am

    Dear Sir or Madam

    In case you were unaware there is a petition to the Queen to with hold her royal assent to the ‘Welfare Reform Bill.’ The address is:-

    http://withholdtheroyalassent.org/

    Yours faithfully
    Derek R Crawford

  11. NIHLUS permalink
    June 21, 2012 6:38 pm

    Goodness me, how terrible.

    Your going to have to submit to a medical exam in order to recieve your free money! Ye gods!! But didn’t that already happen at your doctors? Demeening medical exams? Doubt the WCA will include a rectal probe, they don’t tend to do that in the job centre. If your really Ill (by that i mean you have a diagnosis of an actual illness; not just obese, have ahem ‘anxiety and depression’ or a bit of a sore back you, you know who you are), You’ll be fine, no one will take your benefits away, as you need them.

    But if you come swanning in with 3 toddlers around your ankles, and one hanging off your teet, and start whinging about how you wear glasses that make you partially sighted, or can’t get out of the house much because you get nervous (unless it’s a night on the town with the girls eh😉 or down to tesco express in your jammies at mid-day ) then you might be out of luck.

    I believe the cap on benefits is around £500 a week for couples see:http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/eia-benefit-cap-wr2011.pdf, i can tell you I dont get £500 a week in my pay check and i work full time in a fairly good job (and pay a fair bit of tax too). If £2000 pound every 4 weeks as a couple’s not good enough for you I would suggest you start playing the euro-millions!! or try a job.

    I believe EMA went up the shoot because of the ‘work shy’ taking the bulk of the benefits, the government wouldn’t dare at the time take money off those who always get the breaks in society : elderly, disabled, teenage mothers. So they took it off young people, those who are really vulnerable, really need a job and most of all really trying to get a job.

    And just because you do have a disability or whatever, doesn’t mean you need to never work you know, it is possible, hell i want to see more disadvantaged people in my workplace, I want more diversity it would bring a lot to where I work. I know that you get anxious but if you can get yourself to Bingo then you can get a job, if you got a bad back but play football you can get a job too. If your actually paralysed you probably can’t though.

    This money aint free you know, someone has to pay for it, workers, you know the people who fix your boiler when it breaks in your council house, the ones you shout at when your ‘hospital transport’ doesn’t turn up, or when the bank wont extend your overdraft, sorry but it’s a fact, you work you pay tax and then that money goes to the DWP to pay to you.

    Just to let you know a bit about myself I was raised by my mother who never worked, grew up on an housing estate, have claimed jsa in the past myself and worked as a carer for 5 years and now work for the civil service. I believe we need a benefits system but when it’s abused and used it’ll be gone then no one can have it.

    People who work pay taxes btw, we pay so you can have these benefits, show some respect because those who get agressive about their money are just as bad as the tax dodgers you think that the middle class should just be slaves to make your money. Oh and enjoy your days off.

  12. the MAN is a woman permalink
    June 25, 2012 11:20 pm

    nihlus, a small proportion of your tax goes to pay the interest on what the government borrow to give to people who are unable to work.these people then give it straight back to you,the taxpayer to pay for whatever service you do.thus the tax you pay comes straight back to you.the billions given to the banks(owned by private families)will never come back to you,but you will have to pay it back to the government for decades.

    less than 0.4% of people the government thought were commiting benefit fraud,were found guilty you know.

    it is only a very tiny few that would prefer not to work,and you would be better off not having to work alongside them anyway.

    the benefits people get are carefully worked out already to be the absolute minmum required to live. it is not benefits that need cutting but wages that need to go up,subsidised if necessary.if you take away the minimum required to live from those unable to work,they will be unable to live unless they commit fraud or theft.thats if they are capable of leaving the house.

    claimants dont get the housing benefit to spend on themselves,it goes straight into the pockets of the middle class landlords,charging exorbitant rates in some areas.

    the cost of these regular assessments to the disabled and the tribunals they then have to go through in order to get the minimum required to live(£105)a week,will end up costing the government and you far more money than was being spent before.the disabled are having a third of their money taken away by this,they are being forced onto £70 a week until they have their tribunal(and recieve all their back pay,but no compensation for the stress),then they have to go through assessment and tribunal every year for the rest of life,with worsening conditions.

    i assure you that if people were capable of work,they would be doing it.

    your idea that people stay in bed all day out of choice tells us more about how you would behave,more than anyone else.

  13. DAVID permalink
    August 29, 2012 6:37 pm

    David Cameron is a fucking fanny I would love to take him a bare knuckle fight

  14. Rick permalink
    October 8, 2012 8:31 am

    Good efforts but its not working. Hunger strikes might get the media back ‘onside’ and bring the issues back into open forum. Drastic yes but the situation is drastic. We need to embarass the Tories,show the ‘reforms’ up for what the really are.

  15. Jaime Lawrie permalink
    October 10, 2012 10:58 am

    This is ridiculous – who is up for chain ourselves to the parliament buildings – Holyrood, Edinburgh ? Contact me by email to arrange – we NEED to do something!

  16. Geraldine permalink
    October 27, 2012 7:47 am

    In July 2011 I attended an Upper tribunal case, I was standing against HMRC I had been pursuing LHA as unfair and discriminatory ever since I found out that my council was one of the pathfinders for this unfair system, I had had questions asked in both the commons and lords but guess what at the end of the day a single person cannot come up against the might of HMRC they changed the case from one of Freedom of information to letter and wording of the law, and why so that I didn’t find out that the Rent Service were using information of extremely low rental data that they refused to allow me to know where it came from, by using such low information they kept the actual median rate wond.

    And now I am fighting ATOS why because I have been called to an assessment on the 30th October, nothing unusual in that, I am disabled, I am on high rate for both components, and I cannot work, and guess what I am also 65 yes above the 64 working age group but they want to reduce or revoke my benefit, and put me into poverty, and just to make things easier for Atos they have a point scoring system that makes it impossible to get any level of benefit let alone high rates. Nice one guys, the Fab 4 from the Pudding Club. that is DC. GO. IDS and of course CG he may not be in that position anymore but he was there when it was set up.

    Tell me is ATOS the same IT company that put in all the now defunct computer systems a few years ago for billions that did work. note an IT Company, that runs our healthcare, and benefits reforms under the guise of being Healthcare Personnel, YEA RIGHT. we want not just protests which I can’t do, but a public inquiry into ATOS every single branch. and now

  17. Malcolm Alexander permalink
    November 19, 2012 4:02 pm

    I want to support the campaign re ATOS and want to discuss some ideas i have. Who should I talk to? Malcolm

  18. Kevin O'Neill permalink
    May 29, 2013 6:10 pm

    @ Nihlus. I bet you’re the sort of self satisfied smug individual who walks past beggars in the streets and sneers saying “Get a job”. I know you’re too assured of your own self reliance to believe this but you’ve no idea how lucky you are that you’re not trying to claim benefits especially in this day and age and just be grateful you’re not disabled because I sure as hell wish I wasn’t.

  19. Blanche Couchman permalink
    October 31, 2013 8:02 pm

    Priced out of living…………..That’s how I feel!
    I have a small but effective cunning and devious plan re: housing benefit, unfortunately it will only work for certain people.
    I have a 28yr old son , unemployed’ who lives with me (he cannot afford to get a place to live on current housing benefit rates) As we are related he cannot claim shared accommodation housing benefit. I am on carers allowance and income support and I get deductions of £48.00
    PM as my son is expected to pay that to me from his JSA, along with paying for transport costs to and from interviews, overpriced energy prices, overpriced food costs, clothing (it is illegal to walk round publicly naked)
    So how about we set up a data base where by we can swap our kids into different homes
    then we would all receive £280.00 pm from council (as we are not related) income we could all do with !

  20. Daren Foley permalink
    November 9, 2013 5:58 pm

    Are there any professionally skilled people out there who have been sent on a work program scheme due to long term unemployment and found this program completely useless like county training Shrewsbury. They seem unwilling or unable to help people back to work unless you don’t know how ro use a computer or fill in forms, CV,s and cover letters. I have had to deal with rank stupidity from the work program in Shrewsbury and am looking for like minded people to start direct action against these institutions. Thanks D

  21. May 12, 2014 2:23 pm

    David Cameron, the man who cut benefit….whereby some have died….from starvation and incited suicidal tendencies etc…and more are at risk directly due to his effective crimes!
    Why then, as deaths have occurred due to his actions, is he not sentenced. I know he will make dire efforts to avoid prison…as in the showers…the passing comments may include, ‘..he fucked us all from the House…so let us repay him by all fucking him in the showers!’ …which he will probably(unfortunately!) avoid.
    Fact…a man was alive…David Cut benefit…and due to this a man dies…
    A woman is tending flowers…while her suicidal tendencies simmer, ..but David Cameron cuts benefit…and these tendencies start to brim over…
    Deaths directly due to his actions..
    We should all trample him to death…as in the self defense clause of law ANY citizen can defend ANY other citizen, so to reduce his proposed killings(Deaths due to David,) we must act.
    Either have him arrested and charged with the result of his actions, ..or..(my favourite!,) trample him to death…this way all tramplers can feel the satisfaction of doing what is right to defend the disabled world…

    Jason Pullen

  22. May 12, 2014 2:25 pm

    Vote to defend the poor and needy Mr Liar Cameron said had no fear should he be elected..
    Kill him now and save lives of the sufferers..

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  24. sheila doswell permalink
    July 23, 2015 6:23 pm

    I feel ,as queen and MP s have huge pay rises, there has to be some protests about cuts. I live on ESA only.
    Too worried about forcing DLA because of atos bullying.

  25. Richard Harris permalink
    October 8, 2015 2:19 pm

    Hi. For some strange reason I have been blocked from your Facebook group. This is really hard to take as I loved your posts and contributed much. I only ever wrote supportive posts and would dearly like to get back in. If any of you here administer the FB group and could get in touch with me, I’d really like to sort this out. Thanks in advance. Just reply to this message with a contact point.

  26. Asima permalink
    January 5, 2016 10:31 am

    Really not fair for to have all these cuts and would be a struggle

  27. aleksandrjia permalink
    March 21, 2016 8:53 am

    Disgusting. All because they need extra money to house and look after refugees that are doing more harm than good in this country. Chuck them all out. I was born and bred in this country so don’t let the name confuse you. 99% welsh

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