We receive many emails for benefits advice, and as we are all volunteers are finding it difficult to keep up. Please view our links for help and advice before deciding if you need to email us. Similarly, for those in Edinburgh, our Tuesday drop-ins are becoming VERY busy and you may save yourself a long wait if you check the site to see if the info you need is here. If you would like to get involved in ECAP - or in a similar group elsewhere - we actively encourage you to contact us!
We use our FACEBOOK page to pass on day-to-day info, relevant media pieces, campaigning news etc.
ATTENDANCE ALLOWANCE - non-means tested benefit for over 65's
The Bedroom Tax
ESA, PIP, Atos, Maximus and the WCA
QUALIFYING FOR ESA : POINTS SYSTEM (15 points needed to qualify)
FOOD SOLIDARITY Food parcels for sanctioned claimants in Edinburgh: via ECAP, Tues 12-3 at ACE, also free food info
JOB SEEKER SANCTION ADVICE SERVICE Disgruntled ex- DWP employess offering advice on JSA sanctions
Personal Independence Payment
PIP INFORMATION An advisor guide to Personal Independence Payment regulations and case law
Workfare + UNIVERSAL JOBMATCH
DWP GUIDE TO BACK TO WORK SCHEMES (THEY MEAN WORKFARE)
UNIVERSAL JOBMATCH (MARCH 2013) - YOUR RIGHTS - See page 16, Section 51
Information on Debt
Consumer Action Group Sheriff Officers Please register for The Consumer Action Group Forum as you can share information with others in the same situation.
Accountant in Bankruptcy Can be useful for info but watch what you say as they are a government organisation.
Appealing Against Bankruptcy Info on appealing against bankruptcy and other useful info.
Advice Scotland This Glasgow blog has useful info on debt.
Debt for Parking Fines This section of CAB has useful info on your rights if faced with debt for parking fines, including when sheriff officers can be deployed.
UK Insolvency Helpline (24 hours) 0845 612 2626
National Debtline 0808 808 4000 (freephone) Mon-Fri 9am to 9pm Sat 9:30 to 1pm
National Debtline Guide to Bankruptcy & Sequestration in Scotland.
Enforcing a Debt The law on enforcing a debt against you.
BIRMINGHAM PEOPLES CENTRE Free advice on employment rights for people who live or work in Birmingham
EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW Free legal advice on Debt, Employment, Landlord and Tenant disputes
FINANCIAL OMBUDSMAN SERVICE Advice and help with your financial dispute
HOW TO DEAL WITH A BENFIT FRAUD INTERVIEW - England and Wales ONLY
INDEPENDENT CASE EXAMINER Jobcentre and Child Support Agency complaints
LOW PAY UNIT Information and advice on the rights of low paid workers
SCOTTISH LEGAL AID BOARD Advice on getting legal aid
SCOTTISH PUBLIC SERVICES OMBUDSMAN public sector complaints
Living Rent Edinburgh (formerly Edinburgh Private Tenants) Helping renters & campaign for better rent system.
EDINBURGH HOUSING ADVICE PARTNERSHIP Advice and help for home owners, council, HA and private sector tenants
EDINBURGH PRIVATE TENANTS ACTION GROUP Advice and help
GINGERBREAD advice and support for single parents
GLASGOW SOLIDARITY NETWORK Support and solidarity for people facing problems with debt, bad landlords and benefits
NATIONAL DEBTLINE Scotland official bu
SCOTTISH DEBT ADVICE Debt advice and help
SCOTTISH REFUGEE COUNCIL Help and advice for refugees and asylum seekers
SCOTTISH WELFARE SUPPORT AND ADVICE NETWORK Free inpartial and confidential advice
SHELTER SCOTLAND Advice and help on housing and homelessness
Disability Information Scoltand Advice on general disability issues + can refer you to specialist organisation
WELSH CLAIMANTS' UNION Advice and support for benefit claimants
WEST GLASGOW AGAINST POVERTY (WestGAP) Free, independent and confidential advice service covering welfare rights
CiVIL SERVICE STAFF CODE OF CONDUCT (may be useful at DWP!)
DIARY OF A BENEFIT SCROUNGER Share information on welfare cuts
INDUS DELTA News, views and gossip from job programme providers
Other Activist Groups
AUTONOMOUS CENTRE OF EDINBURGH home to ECAP and other groups resisting injustice
DUNDEE AGAINST AUSTERITY Campaign to unite low paid workers and claimants
FALSE ECONOMY Action map to find your local campaign against government cuts
IPSWICH UNEMPLOYED ACTION Fighting for the rights of the Unemployed
LEEDS WELFARE FIGHTBACK Against benefit sanctions, benefit cuts and misery of work
LOCHABER COMMON WEAL Direct action and helping claimants with benefit sanctions
NORTH EDINBURGH AGAINST THE CUTS Defending Edinburgh public services
SCOTTISH UNEMPLOYED WORKERS NETWORK Advice and information
SOLIDARITY FEDERATION UK section of the International Workers Association (IWA)
THE CRUTCH COLLECTIVE Glasgow campaign group
FOCUS E15 MOTHERS - Newham Mothers fight for housing in London
AUCKLAND ACTION AGAINST POVERTY Direct action, advocacy and education group mobilising against neo-liberal agenda on jobs, welfare and poverty
ONTARIO COALITION AGAINST POVERTY Direct-action anti-poverty organization based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. We mount campaigns against regressive government policies as they affect poor and working people
SYDNEY SOLIDARITY NETWORK Activists in Australia fighting bad landlords and employers
Australian Unemployed Workers' Union Protecting the unemployed and the welfare state in Oz from attacks
SEATTLE SOLIDARITY NETWORK First hand account of organizing and fighting poverty in Seattle
ENCOURAGING NEWS FROM SPAIN Spanish housing activists at work
Netherlands Doorbraak In Dutch, anti-workfare group doing similar work to boycott workfare in Holland
Skya Greece Greek activists fighting workfare & poverty in Greece.
LABOUR NET TV covering precarious work and welfare struggles around the world
3COSAS / IWGB cleaner's strike in London, fighting for a living wage outside of offical Union structures
In Germany – a country that is often held up as one of the more Social Democratic states – at least to its own people – reforms dating back to around 2001 implemented by Chancellor Schroder’s Red / Green Alliance brought about very similar attacks to worker’s rights that we are now facing in UK. Known as the Hartz reforms these:
- Forced claimants to take €1 an hour jobs topped up by their benefits with penalties for not taking the offer of such work.
- Forced claimants to take work that had nothing to do with what they were qualified to do.
- Increased the rise of Mini – jobs previously used by pensioners to top up their earnings, generalising this through out the economy. Creating a climate of precarious labour with far fewer rights over contracts.
GERMAN UNEMPLOYED FIGHT BACK Short films in german.