Demonstrate Leith Jobcentre, 199 Commercial Street, Edinburgh
12 noon – 1.30 pm Wednesday 28th November
Universal Credit goes full service in Edinburgh from 28 November 2018. This means all new claims for the six benefits that Universal Credit is replacing will now have to be claims for Universal Credit (UC).
Universal Credit is an attack on claimants and on the working class as a whole. It must be resisted and made unworkable. We say Stop and Scrap Universal Credit. The demo on 28 November is just one step in the resistance.
WHAT IS UNIVERSAL CREDIT?
Universal Credit replaces child tax credit, housing benefit, income support, income-based jobseeker’s allowance and employment and support allowance, and working tax credit. It does not affect other benefits like Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Pension Credit or the State Pension. If fully implemented its estimated 7 million households will be on Universal Credit.
Universal Credit is even worse than the existing benefits system. It has very harsh rules about proving you are actively seeking work, and for the first time even workers in low-paid part-time jobs can be sanctioned if the DWP decide you are not doing enough to look for full time work. You have to wait 5 – 8 weeks or longer for the first payment, fuelling rent arrears and homelessness.