debt / welfare benefits

Come to an info and skill-sharing day in London on 15 February, 10.45am-5.30pm, Maiden Lane Community Centre near Kings Cross. Directions here.

Getting your welfare rights is about a lot more than just knowing your welfare rights. Across the UK, people are getting together to support each other and pushing back workfare, standing up to sanctions, wrong decisions, and insecure housing.

Meet others from across the UK, hear inspiring stories, learn info about our rights and share tactics that work. This isn’t a day for speakers from the front. Party political representatives aren’t invited. It’s about people at the grassroots getting together and working out how we can support each other and throw even more spanners in the government’s plans!

If you are in a local group where people share mutual support on welfare or housing (or plan to start one), Boycott Workfare should be able to help with your travel costs. Please get in touch as soon as you can so we can sort it out.

Planning on coming? There’ll be tea, coffee and a free lunch! Please let us know you’re coming so we know how many people to cook for!

Want to know what to expect? Check out the agenda here. There’s an open space session in the afternoon if you’d like to offer a workshop too!

 

Benefit cap equals class cleansing

On 12 August 2013 the final stage of the rollout of the government's benefit cap started. The cap has been 'trialled' in Haringey and three other London boroughs, since April.  In July, it then spread to areas which had low numbers of households affected. Now local authority areas with over 276 affected households will have the cap imposed: Chiefly the remaining London boroughs, along with high-rent areas in other cities around the country.

We have been fighting the cap, download our resources to use in your own local actions, read news about our local fight.

In the last few months, Haringey Solidarity Group and Haringey Housing Action Group have been getting information out to people who are likely to be affected. We've distributed over 5,000 leaflets at schools, job centres and the council's customer service centres. Now that this has gone national, we would like to encourage others, from around the country, to turn this into a national struggle.

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Homes for Haringey new target in campaign against compulsory unpaid work

DIY chain Homebase has withdrawn from a controversial government scheme for jobseekers after a series of protests outside their store in Harringay Green Lanes.

The protests by Haringey Solidarity Group and others (1) targeted the 'workfare' scheme, under which some people claiming Jobseekers? Allowance have been forced to work, unpaid, in order to keep receiving  
benefits. Refusal to take part may result in peoples? benefits being stopped. Last month this scheme to provide unpaid labour, that many call 'Workfare', was found to be operating in Haringey. The Homebase  
store on Green Lanes had over 20 workfare placements and benefitted from 750 hours of unpaid labour every week.

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Homes for HaringeyHomes for Haringey is the borough's arms-length management organisation, set up to manage council housing. Tenants on their estates have found out that local unemployed people are being forced to work on their estates for no pay and with no workplace rights.
 
Come along for a protest Tues 4 June, 6pm at the Homes for Haringey Board of Directors meeting at the Haringey Council Professional Development Centre, Downhills Park Road, N17 6AR.  (see map) (5 minutes walk from Turnpike Lane tube. Bus W4. or see map for full directions )

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On Thursday 10 May, over 15 people from Haringey and Brent travelled to Edgware Road to hold a protest outside the main offices of Genesis Housing Association - a major social landlord in the borough. 

In April, the Conservative-Liberal coalition trialed a benefit cap on 4 London boroughs, one of which is Haringey.  This has slashed the amount of benefits that the poorest in our borough can claim - meaning less money to spend on children, food, clothing and rent. 

Genesis had recently sent out letters to 57 Haringey residents, informing them that they were beginning court proceedings to evict them, because the tenants were affected by these welfare reforms.

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