SUAA meeting REMINDER - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF STOCKPORT UNITED AGAINST AUSTERITY
A reminder that our AGM will take place on TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2019 at the Quaker Meeting House, 2, Cooper Street, Stockport, SK1 3DW from 7 pm – 9 pm. Refreshments will be available at the beginning of the meeting.
The agenda will include :
a report from the Secretary on the Group’s activities over the year
a report from the Treasurer on the finances of the Group
the election of officers - Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and a Disciplinary Committee
consideration of any other matter as may be decided
Nominations are still open for the positions of Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer.
If you wish to make a nomination please email the Secretary at this email address. You may nominate yourself, or another person, provided that any other person whom you may nominate indicates consent when asked by the Secretary to do so.
The duties of the Officers are described in Rule 9 of the Constitution.
Finally, if you want to submit a motion for consideration at the AGM, please send it to the Secretary in the same way as for nominations. Any motions will of course require a seconder at the meeting. I hope you can attend and look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
SUAA Leaflet: A Catalogue Of Cuts Please read/download our latest leaflet that outlines some of the worst cuts associated with austerity.
STOCKPORT JOBCENTRE DEMONSTRATION, FRIDAY 6 SEPTEMBER STOCKPORT JOBCENTRE, HERON HOUSE, WELLINGTON ST, STOCKPORT, SK1 3BE, 10 A.M. - 12 NOON OUR DEMANDS ARE : Stop and scrap Universal Credit End sanctions, workfare, work capability assessment. Ban zero hours contracts. Create permanent jobs on trade union rates of pay, through investment in renewable energy projects, house building, public transport and caring services. For social security payments that are adequate to meet needs. WE USE : Stall, leafletting, petitioning, banners, placards, flags, megaphone speeches. And above all else we offer solidarity with the working class victims of a vicious government representing the interests of the 1% fat cat population. If you travel to support the demonstration but it is raining on arrival, please ring or text 0781 726 8571 to check where we are sheltering while we wait to see if it fairs up. The following two demonstrations will be on Thursday 12 September and Thursday 19 September, both from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Finally, please follow Kate Belgrave's blog for anonymised reports on some of the issues we come across at the jobcentre : http://www.katebelgrave.com/ PETITION FOR TRANSPARENCY OF PIP AND WCA ASSESSMENTS
There are far too many reports of inaccurate and just plain untruthful reports of Personal Independence Payment and Work Capability assessment consultations being produced by the DWP's private contractors - ATOS, Capita and Maximus.
This petition sponsored by SUAA calls for the DWP to produce and to supply to all persons who undergo an assessment, an audio recording thereof.
This system already operates, for PIP assessments, in Scotland.
Our Libraries and Museums are to be cut and disgracefully, in view of the Council leadership's often repeated assertion that they protect the most vulnerable of the Borough's residents, staffing is to be cut in the Welfare Rights team that deals with support for social security appeals - most of which involve sick and disabled people who are having their previous entitlements under ESA and/or DLA slashed, in furtherance of the 2015 pledge by the ex-Chancellor of the Exchequer to cut £12 billion from the social security bill. The Council's Advice Service is to be wound up!
All of this is happening despite the Council underspending its overall budget by £4.5 million in 2017-18 and then again, by £3.875 million in 2018-19.
On 26 August, we wrote to the Leader of the Council, again pressing for the surplus funds to be used to reverse cuts and sackings. We pointed out that the Council could in this way protect the people of Stockport whilst a political fight is developed to end inhuman austerity politics for good. Such a fight is now imminent because austerity will certainly be a very major issue in the general election. Our letter, which is downloadable from : https://tinyurl.com/y5lo5mrt was copied to all Members of the Council. We have now received what purports to be a reply, again from the Deputy Leader of the Council (who appears to be acting as if he is the Leader!). This reply does not address a single one of our suggestions for restoration of cuts; or our concerns about the increasing incidence of mental health and stress related sickness of Council staff, who are being subjected to intolerable demands as a consequence of ever more sackings. Moreover, it does not make a single reference to the human impacts of cuts in services - both those that have already taken place and those now threatened. Instead it is a purely technical financial narrative, that quite frankly looks as if it was really written by the Borough Treasurer (see our Facebook page - the link is listed below, if you want to see a copy). At our AGM next week we will discuss plans for further campaign actions to demand an end to cuts and sackings and discuss how we can will allies for such a fight.