SUAA meeting Our meeting this month, to discuss and plan our work, will be on TUESDAY, 10th April, in the small meeting room at the Quaker Meeting House, 2 Cooper Street, Stockport, SK1 3DW from 7 pm to 9 pm. The Quaker Meeting House is only a short distance from the bus stops on the A6. Turn down Longshut Lane at the crossroads south of the college and the Co-op store, heading towards Hillgate. You will pass the newly rebuilt meeting house at the junction with Hillgate. Entrance is from the car park at the rear of the building, on Cooper Street. There is disabled access and toilets and we have use of the kitchen facilities.
SUAA Leaflet: A Catalogue Of Cuts Please read/download our latest leaflet that outlines some of the worst cuts associated with austerity.
COUNCIL MAKING BIG INCREASES IN ADULT SOCIAL CARE Stop the cuts to public health and increases to non-residential social care charges - petition to Stockport Council jointly with Stockport NHSWatch, we are campaigning to stop harmful cuts in public health programmes and swingeing increases in charges for non-residential adult social care in Stockport. Our petition has been launched today. Please be amongst the first to sign it and share it widely. Please also watch the official webcast of the warning from Stockport's Director of Public Health at the Council's Adult Social Care and Health Scrutiny Committee where he stated that these cuts will have an adverse impact on the NHS and that "there are none of these proposals which will not damage the health of the people of Stockport". The webcast is linked from the introductory text in the petition. The petition is available onine at : https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-cuts-to-public-health-and-non-residential-social-care-in-stockport
STOCKPORT EXPRESS ARTICLE ON OUR JOBCENTRE PETITION The Stockport Express on 17 January 2018 published an article on our presentation to the Stockport area MPs of the petition which we gathered at the jobcentre, against sanctions, workfare and work capability assessment. The article can be accessed at : https://tinyurl.com/ycg8p8c6 In shortening the text of our press release however, The Express editor omitted some important points which we made. Hence we also give a link to the original press release : https://tinyurl.com/y8zbb9m8 - it omits that we also presented the petition to Ann Coffey, MP for Stockport; it wrongly states that Holly, who delivered the petition to Andrew Gwynne, is a member of SUAA (albeit we'd very much welcome her to become one); it omits our reference the 3 tragic cases of suicide that we learned of whilst we were present at the jobcentre; and it does not summarise the other demands of the petition apart from abolition of sanctions. Finally, it omits the final sentence of the statement made by Mr. Gwynne, that sanctions will become a thing of the past under a Labour government. RESUMPTION OF JOBCENTRE DEMONSTRATIONS - SCHEDULE OF PROSPECTIVE DATESWe are intending to resume regular demonstrations outside the Stockport jobcentre, Heron House, Wellington Street. These events combine a protest against the government's attacks on unemployed, sick and disabled people, through measures such as sanctions, workfare, work capability assessments and the odious regime that will be Universal Credit (due for full roll out in Stockport, in November this year) with handing out advisory leaflets produced by Unite Community section. If you are interested in taking part, please email Stockport United at firstname.lastname@example.org
Reinstate Ian Allinson - stop victimisation of union reps If we are going to defeat austerity, we need strong trade unions. And to strengthen our unions we have to defend union reps who are victimised by employers for their union activities. One such case is that of Ian Allinson, Chair of the Unite union at Fujitsu UK, who worked at that firm's Manchester plant. We appeal to all trade union members to sign this statement demanding the reinstatement of Ian and to ask your union branches officers and union officials to do so too and to spread the solidarity call. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oMEzI44WkooZimIp7GGFCYUpER_kxtIFyCS4ykUxfiw/edit DISABLED PEOPLE AGAINST CUTS - SCRAP UNIVERSAL CREDIT DEMONSTRATION, MANCHESTER, WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL There was a lot of comment in Parliament towards the end of 2017 about a need to "fix" Universal Credit. Disabled People Against Cuts insists that UC is not capable of being fixed and must instead be stopped and scrapped! DPAC has called a day of action in pursuance of that demand, on Wednesday 18 April and there will be a demonstration that day in Manchester. It will be at St. Peters Square, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Please support this action if you can. Facebook event : https://www.facebook.com/events/383787005428775/ DPAC's position statement is set out at : https://dpac.uk.net/2018/01/dpac-position-statement-and-motion-for-union-branches-on-universal-credit/ STOCKPORT TRADES UNION COUNCIL - OPEN MEETING ON SCHOOL FUNDING CUTS, WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL Dawn Taylor of the National Education Union will be speaking on school funding cuts and how we can fight them at an open meeting of Stockport Trades Union Council on Wednesday 18 April. The meeting will be at Stockport Labour Club, 2, Lloyd Street, Heaton Norris, SK4 1QP, commencing 7.30 p.m. Please consider attending this very important meeting. Facebook event : https://www.facebook.com/events/589644811411196/ A GOOD SOCIETY? LOCAL ELECTION HUSTINGS, DIALSTONE LANE METHODIST CHURCH, SATURDAY 21 APRIL In its 'What is a good society?' series, Dialstone Lane Methodist Church arranges events to bring those who hold elected positions within the Borough, or who aspire to hold them, before the people of Stockport to explain and answer questions on their policies. Please consider coming along to the Council election hustings on 21 April and hear what the candidates views are on austerity : do they support the cuts; or do they oppose them, and if so how do they think austerity can be fought? The event plan is : 09:00 Church opened for setting up etc. 10:00 Welcome to Dialstone Lane and to this meeting 10:05 Welcome and introduction ( The good society project. What we have done so far. Ground rules for today) 10:15 What does local government do - and not do.? Its challenges. Their hopes and interests. Presentation by Politics students at Aquinas... 10:30 Small group informal discussion (Ideas for questions) what do we want from Local Government to help us make a local good society? 10:50 Tea/coffee 11:05 Candidate statements - say 5 x 5 mins - to be confirmed 11:35 Question time. (Time limit 1.5 minutes per person per answer?) 12:05 Where do we go from here? Would people be interested in keeping this conversation going? 12:15 Meeting closed 12:45 Finish - church cleared Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/315472675644147/?active_tab=about END VICTIMISATION OF TRADES UNIONISTS AT BELLE VUE BUSES - PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE PETITION Unison is seeking support in its campaign against victimisation of its lead union representative at the school transport bus company, Belle Vue buses. Please support the petition at : http://www.unisonnw.org/bellevuetuvictimisation PETITION - LET GPs PUT PATIENTS FIRST
AMBULANCE DISPUTE MAKES IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR - PRIVATISATION IS ABOUT TRANSFERING MONEY FROM WAGES TO PRIVATE PROFITS At our last meeting Stockport United Against Austerity expressed its solidarity with UNISON members in the North West Ambulance Service who are in dispute with the NHS over the deplorable situation whereby crews who were recruited during the short period in which the private company Arriva was contracted to run the service are on £2.40 an hour less than the crews directly recruited by the NHS. https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/ambulance-staff-could-strike-over-14268376
STOCKPORT NHSWATCH DEMONSTRATIONS OUTSIDE STEPPING HILL HOSPITAL CONTINUE EVERY TUESDAY This is the latest of our occasional reminders : demonstrations continue at the junction of the A6, Poplar Grove and Dialstone Lane, every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 9.30 a.m. to show support for saving our NHS from privatisation and demanding an end to cuts and attacks on the wages and conditions of our NHS workers. Please attend and show your support.
STOCKPORT SOLIDARITY DROP-IN WEBSITEThe Stockport Solidarity Drop-in, which offers support in completing application forms for Personal Independence Payment and Employment and Support Allowance and information on challenging social security payment sanctions has asked us to publicise its website. This is at : http://solidaritydropinstockport.webs.com/ If you know of an organisation which may agree to link the site from its own, please let Solidarity Drop-in know through its contact form on the site.
TWO NEW REPORTS SHOW HOW AUSTERITY KILLS PEOPLE AND HARMS THE HEALTH OF OUR CHILDREN A study commissioned by Disability News Service has revealed staggering figures showing that the proportion of people claiming Employment & Support Allowance who have attempted suicide doubled between 2007 and 2014 : https://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/staggering-esa-suicide-figures-prompt-calls-for-inquiry-and-prosecution-of-ministers/ Meanwhile, a study by the Nuffield Trust illustrates the massive gap that exists between the poorest and richest sections of the population of England, in terms of the health of our children : https://www.theguardian.com/inequality/2017/dec/23/health-gap-between-uk-rich-and-poor?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=257898&subid=23078629&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2 HIGH COURT VICTORY SETS ASIDE GOVERNMENT CHANGES TO PIP REGULATIONS A brilliant victory in the High Court has overtuned as unlawful, discriminatory and detrimental changes made by the Government earlier this year to Personal Independence Payment regulations. After losing a case in the Upper Tribunal which decided that the DWP had failed to apply the previous regulations properly, in respect of the assessment test of impairment of ability to make journeys, the government changed the PIP Regulations to suit the manner in which it had previously been misapplying them. As a consequence, claimants of PIP who should have been entitled to the mobility component because their ability to make journeys is impaired by psychological distress, were being refused the mobility payments. This affected not only new claimants of PIP, but thousands of people who were already receiving the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance and had been forced to apply for PIP due to its rolling replacement of DLA. SUAA has congratulated the organisations and the brave individual who brought this case to court. http://www.publiclawproject.org.uk/news/95/high-court-finds-2017-personal-independence-payment-pip-regulations-unlawful COULD YOU MAKE A REGULAR CONTRIBUTION TO HELP FUND OUR ACTIVITIES? Please consider taking out a small regular standing order payment to help us fund our meeting room hire costs and print leaflets, organise public meetings, etc. A standing order mandate form which you can print off and send to your own bank is below. We will be extremely grateful for any financial support you can give.