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Sheffield Stop and Scrap Universal Credit launch

February 2019

Sheffield Trades Council, the progressive voice of Sheffield’s trade union movement is calling for support for the campaign to Stop and Scrap Universal Credit, which affects us all. They ask supporting organisations to collaborate, signing up to the following objectives, as agreed at an initial meeting held on 17th January 2019.

  • To run a coordinated and collaborative campaign across Sheffield aimed at stopping and scrapping Universal Credit
  • To maximise the number of organisations and people who are involved in the campaign
  • To develop a programme of targeted campaign days around the city in different locations including outside Job Centres, markets and shopping areas
  • To increase awareness of the broad impact of Universal Credit on households in Sheffield affecting not just the unemployed, but also those on low pay and/or part time work, including families with children, pensioners etc.
  • To draw attention to the fact that Universal Credit is the culmination of a sustained attack on social security support which has suffered £37B of austerity cuts since 2010
  • To directly involve Sheffield citizens in the campaign with the message “this affects us all”, and seek their support.
  • To provide signposting and initial support to those directly affected
  • To articulate the alternative to Universal Credit – i.e. a social security system based on rights and humanity, not blame and punishment, that genuinely supports individuals and families with dignity when in need and unable to support themselves financially, so that all may live at an acceptable minimum decency threshold.
If your organisation can agree to sign up to the above objectives, please email Martin Mayer, Sheffield TUC Secretary via tucsheffield@gmail.com

Sheffield Trades Council

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