SUAA meeting Our meeting this month, to discuss and plan our work, will be on TUESDAY, 9th October, 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.
Get rid of the Work Capability Assessment Get rid of Workfare End the sanctions regime Increase social security payments based on people’s needs Outlaw 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 Stop and scrap Universal Credit.
And above all else solidarity with the working class victims of a vicious government representing the interests of the 1% super rich population. We receive many expressions of appreciation for the support demonstrated from the people we talk to at the jobcentre.
Please join us! And if you travel to support the demonstration but it is raining on arrival, we shelter in the Cafe on the Square in St. Peters Square while we wait to see if it fairs up. If you are new to our jobcentre campaign we'll get you a coffee and would love to chat.
The following demonstration will be on Friday 12 October (1.00 p.m. - 3.00 p.m.).
Please follow Kate Belgrave's blog for anonymised reports on some of the issues we come across at the jobcentre : http://www.katebelgrave.com/
TRADES UNION CONGRESS SUPPORTS 'STOP AND SCRAP UNIVERSAL CREDIT' DEMAND
A big boost for the campaign which we support, for Universal Credit to be stopped and scrapped, has been gained when the Annual Congress of the TUC, earlier this month, adopted that demand.
A statement of SUAA's case for 'Stop and Scrap', together with our two petitions and other jobcentre campaign material is available in our document repository at : https://tinyurl.com/yb456xqn
CONSULTATION ON THE FUTURE OF OUR NHS
Our friends at Stockport NHSWatch have produced a leaflet drawing attention to very important official consultation exercises on issues that are crucial to the future of our NHS.
It is as well that they have because, as they point out there has not exactly been much official publicity about these consultations.
As SNHSWatch's leaflet describes, "They are simply going through the motions and the consultation is a smokescreen to moving ahead with their plans. NHS England, as directed by the government are moving to an American Style Health Service with the creation of ‘Integrated Care Systems’ (previously called ‘Accountable Care Organisations’) and new contracts with organisations to run these, who will be called ‘Integrated Care Providers’.
Integrated care is about making cuts and bringing free health care together with private social care. The contracts will be based on a fixed sum for the treatment of a population like the insurance based system in America. The Integrated Care Provider might be a private company".
It is nevertheless important that as many replies as possible, stating objections, are submitted. Guidance on the consultation process and sample replies can be found at :
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.