Advocacy is Not a Crime

DEFEND THE RIGHT TO BE ACCOMPANIED

BESIEGE HIGH RIGGS JOBCENTRE

MON 3rd OCTOBER 12 NOON – 2PM

Police preventing advocacy

On 1st September the management at High Riggs Jobcentre called the police to deny an ill and vulnerable man his right to be accompanied to a Job Seekers Allowance appointment by his father and an advocate from Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty.

The DWP are once more breaking their own rules: DWP official policy is that “Customers have the right to ask a representative to help them conduct their business with DWP…”

(DWP Working with Representatives Guidance p2)

The High Riggs bosses have used the police to deny claimants’ rights several times before. But every time we have come back in greater numbers and forced the Jobcentre to recognise the right to be accompanied.

This is a fight for all claimants, for all who care about human rights and for all working class people. The assault on benefits is central to the whole austerity attack – the ruling class want to make life on benefits intolerable so workers will accept any old crap wages and conditions. But the bosses forget – we are many and they are few.

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ADVOCACY IS NOT A CRIME

Full report of what happened at High Riggs on 1st September

 

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