debt / welfare benefits

No to benefit cuts! Yes to a decent income for all!

Planning meeting: 11am on Saturday 2nd February at the Book House Cafe - 410 High Road, Tottenham, N17 9JB

Plans have begun for a 'march of 1000 mothers for a fair benefit income' on the 23rd March, from 11:00-13:00.

Fathers are not excluded! However the organisers wish to make the point that it is mothers, including single mothers, whose pregnancy, child birth and nursing of babies is burdened with impossibly low incomes which are getting lower with the caps and cuts.

Many people will be cold, hungry and homeless from April when so many of the welfare reforms start to bite. Haringey has been chosen as one of the first boroughs to be hit.

Organisers are hoping that marchers will include families, children and babies in prams.


A claimants' support group was set up in Haringey in October 2009. Anyone who is claiming benefits (not just the unemployed) is welcome to join us. We can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Benefits are a right 

– not a privilege! 


On Monday 24 January at 11.30am, Islington Poverty Action Group and Haringey Claimants Action Group will be protesting outside Atos Healthcare at 1a Elthorne Road, just off Holloway Road, 2 minutes walk south from Archway tube. This local action is part of a national day of action against welfare benefits cuts, focusing on Atos, a private company who carry out medical assessments for people claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), which is replacing Incapacity Benefit.


fraudposterWhile the government has bailed out the banks with our money, they have been stealthily rushing through a bill that will virtually abolish welfare for single parents and disabled people.

The Bill proposes a number of changes:
• phasing out income support for single parents, and cutting incapacity benefit and carers’ allowance.
• introducing a US-style workfare scheme
• increased conditions for claimants, including taking off payment for missed interviews and non-compliance with drug testing, and pressure to undertake “training”
• privatising more of the Jobcentre Plus work, with companies being paid more the less benefits they award


Before looking at why there’s a financial crisis in most of the industrialised world, let’s get one thing straight – the rich are not in any financial crisis. Ok, a billionaire may lose the odd house or two, or some millionaire may top themselves, but they will always have more money that we will ever see in our lifetimes. So don’t cry for the mega rich. It is ordinary working class people who will suffer the most.