Up Against the DWP

Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty organises 3 or 4 advocacy stalls every month outside Jobcentres to give solidarity to claimants. Recently we have met several claimants who were ill and had been through the benefits medical examinations. One man could barely mount the steps to the jobcentre. He was in significant distress from severe breathlessness caused…Read moreRead more

Xmas/New Year Closing Times

Our last Tuesday drop-in will be on the 17 December. ECAP restarts again on 7 January. If you have an URGENT problem over the holiday period please email ecap@lists.riseup.net with URGENT PROBLEM in the subject header.  Please do not phone as it will not be checked over the holidays. Share This:

Six Blocks Newsletter

THE SIX BLOCKS – VOICE OF MUIRHOUSE COUNCIL TENANTS Edinburgh Council tenants organised in Living Rent tenants’ union haveproduced a new issue of the Six Blocks news-sheet, denouncing appallinghousing conditions and issuing a call to action.  Named after the six Council high rises in Muirhouse in north Edinburgh, the Six Blocks paper gives voice to…Read moreRead more

Never Face Them Alone!

ECAP was doing one of our regular advocacy stalls outside an Edinburgh jobcentre recently when we met a new young claimant being accompanied to sign on by an older relative. They had done this several times and it had gone well they said. This is excellent solidarity! Everyone has the right to be accompanied to…Read moreRead more

Resist DWP Hostile Environment!

Settled Status & Benefits In ECAP’s experience the DWP are regularly denying benefits to EU/EEA migrants, even when they are entitled under the benefits rules. “Hostile environment” practices are plunging many EU citizens into a desperate situation where after many years working in the UK they are left penniless when they need support. ECAP is…Read moreRead more