Daily Archives: 09/11/2016

Gender matters in international peacemaking......

19 November 2016 11:00-4pm ~ Gender matters in international peacemaking – WILPF – @ St Margaret’s Hall, 21 Old Ford Road, E2 9PL

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National Pensioners Convention protest......

Halt deaths of pensioners from cold related illnesses Wednesday 23 November 11.30am outside parliament. Contact 07500 169 151

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Workers’ rights will all transfer at Brexit, pledges business minister......

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‘Half of children’ living in poverty in parts of Birmingham, London and Manchester......

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George Tomlinson School Public Meeting 12th November......

A number of teaching assistants are to lose their jobs under a proposed re-organisation at George Tomlinson School. The NUT are keen to oppose the proposals and are facilitating a public meeting on Saturday 12th November at 11am at the Star of India restaurant in Leytonstone.  Click here to read the flyer giving further details.

 

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Council tax support changes set to hit the poor hardest......

Waltham Forest Council, in its consultation on its Council Tax Support Scheme, is recommending working age people who currently claim Council Tax Support should pay at least 40% of their Council Tax Bill and those on certain disability benefits will have to pay 24%. Waltham Forest Trades Council and other poverty campaign groups are shocked that the Council have taken this approach in dealing with Central Government’s decision to cease specific funding to Councils to support Council Tax Support Schemes.

Dave Knight of Waltham Forest Trades Council said: “This consultation recommends a further burden on the poor low paid and unemployed people of Waltham Forest and has caused much anxiety amongst local benefit claimants. This unjustified attack on the poorest by a supposedly Labour Council passes the responsibility for meeting Government cuts on to those least able to afford it.”

The impact of these charges to local people reliant on benefits would be very severe. Most charges would be between £8.80 and £11.30 per week. For those needing to pay the higher £11.30 charge it would mean that £1 in £10 of a couple’s basic benefit or £1 in £7 for a single person would need to be found from the meagre benefits they receive. This would result in the poorest people in Waltham Forest facing court hearings for non-payment and possibly even losing their homes as their benefits cannot stretch far enough to meet these costs. Continue reading

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UK public finances to be ‘£25bn worse off’ by 2020......

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Food bank use could be highest in 12 years, say Trussell Trust......

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London NUT to hold School Cuts March and Rally on 17 November......

image001 Taking place in Westminster just a week before the Chancellor is announcing his autumn statement, the march is being called to make sure the ‘Invest, Don’t Cut’ message is clearly heard in Westminster.

Demonstration assembling at 17:00 in Whitehall, opposite Downing Street.

March past Parliament and Department of Education to rally in Emmanuel Centre, SW1P 3DW.

Indoor Rally from 18:30. Speakers include Kevin Courtney (NUT General Secretary) and Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the Labour Party). Continue reading

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Save our Services SOS Day of Action – 16 Nov......

As part of the Save our Services campaign an SOS Day of Action will take place on Wednesday 16th November to raise awareness of the devastating impact of cuts to older people’s social care services. 

Members are asked to support the day of action.  For more information on the Save our Services campaign including resources such as campaign briefing and leaflets please go to https://www.unison.org.uk/our-campaigns/save-our-local-services/

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