SUAA meeting Our meeting this month, to discuss and plan our work, will be on TUESDAY, 10th July, 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.
RESUMPTION OF JOBCENTRE DEMONSTRATIONS JOBCENTRE DEMONSTRATIONS - WEDNESDAY 11 JULY AND THURSDAY 19 JULY A reminder that there will be a demonstration outside the jobcentre, Heron House, Wellington St, Stockport this week, on WEDNESDAY 11 July from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Please support this if you can. Then the following confirmed demonstration date is on Thursday 19 July from 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. The demonstrations 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 petitioning of MPs and handing out advisory leaflets. We receive many expressions of appreciation for the support demonstrated from the people we talk to at the jobcentre. If you would like to help at the demonstrations after those three dates please have a look at the following list of prospective dates and let me know if you can help on any of these. The following provisional dates are proposed : Thursday 26 July, Friday 3 August, Friday 10 August (all 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m.). Further provisional dates in our current campaign will be decided at our meeting on 10 July. We will send notice in future SUAA email updates as dates are confirmed.
One of the issues we campaign on is opposition to the Work Capability Assessments. A report has been produced by the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust which documents (together with the Personal Independence Payment assessments) this particular 'hostile environment' that the government has created which is causing intense suffering, hardship and distress to sick and disabled people. The report can be downloaded from : https://www.z2k.org/news/z2k-publishes-new-report-on-disability-benefits
SOCIAL CARE IN STOCKPORT: OPEN DISCUSSION MEETING Stockport Womens Equality Party has invited SUAA supporters and friends to participate in an open meeting on the state of social care in Stockport, and its impact on service users, carers and social care workers. The meeting is on Thursday 26 July at 8 p.m. in the Magnet pub, 51 Wellington Road North, SK4 1HJ For further details see Facebook event : https://www.facebook.com/events/2251539598195161/ SUICIDE CRISIS IN STOCKPORT - APPEAL FOR CASE STUDIES AND PARLIAMENTARY PETITION Our friends at Stockport Against Mental Health Cuts are planning a campaign on the shocking rise in suicides in our borough and SAMHC are appealing for help in compiling (on an anonymous basis of course), case studies on the circumstances in which these awful tragic incidents are coming about. If you have any input you can offer, or if you want to support the campaign, please let SUAA know and we will pass on contact details and/or information to SAMHC. SAMHC is also supporting this parliamentary petition which demands government funding in order that people who feel suicidal always have somewhere to go. Please consider signing and sharing the petition. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/205752
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
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.