Declaration of Resistance to Universal Credit

ECAP are encouraged that people came out in the rain on 28 November to demonstrate at Leith jobcentre against Universal Credit. Sisters Uncut, Oficina Precaria and other groups supported the demo too. Universal Credit increases poverty, homelessness and misery. It massively increases the scope and length of sanctions. It attacks the disabled, young people, women,…Read moreRead more

Stop Sanctions Demo is a Success

Despite officials from Unite The Union trying to cancel Unite involvement in the protest at HIgh Riggs jobcentre – reportedly due to a request by the local PCS who said one of their workers had been threatened earlier in the week by an individual – the 30th March Day of Action against sanctions went ahead…Read moreRead more

I Daniel Blake…

Groups round Scotland and beyond are organising community showings of the new Ken Loach film I DANIEL BLAKE, aiming to involve more people in grass-roots resistance to austerity, including solidarity accompanying to benefits appointments and assessments. Below is the text of a leaflet which ECAP has produced and is distributing at showings. I DANIEL BLAKE…… Shows…Read moreRead more

Huge Rise in JSA Sanctions as Government Cranks up its Attacks

A recent Citizens Advice Bureau Scotland briefing has reported a rise of 459% in sanctions against JSA claimants in a 2 year period. Between October 2008 and October 2010, the number of sanctions against JSA claimants increased from 10,700 a month to almost 60,000 as a result of some Jobcentre Plus offices setting targets for sanction referrals for JCP staff to achieve. That’s…Read moreRead more

A4e office invaded: “Unemployed have right to choose our own representatives”

Supporters of Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty invaded A4e’s Edinburgh office on 15 November to distribute leaflets urging the unemployed people attending the Flexible New Deal provider to stand up for their rights.  The action – organised as part of the Britain-wide Day of Action against Welfare Cuts – was in resistance to A4e’s refusal to…Read moreRead more