FROM MAY 2011

SWAN calls upon all members to support three upcoming events during the Week of Action Against Benefit Cuts - 9th-15th May. This particuarly targets Atos Origin, who are the private sector organisation who have recently won a £300 million contract by the Coalition Government to carry out ‘work capability assessments’ on all of those claiming Incapacity Benefit; their job is to remove welfare from as many people as possible.

Please attend and show your opposition to the vilification of claimants and service users and defend benefit rights. When we fight, we can win!

1. LONDON

 Monday 9th May, 14:00

Picnic and party in Triton Square (near Warren Street tube), home of Atos Origin's head office. Please find further details of the plans for the week below:

http://www.dpac.uk.net/2011/04/national-week-of-action-against-atos-origin-monday-may-9-may-15/

2. BRISTOL

Thursday 12th May, 15:30-17:30

Joint demonstration by Bristol SWAN and BADACA (Social Care Welfare, benefits & claimants group) outside ATOS Origin, Flowers Hill, Bristol BS4 5LA

http://www.bristolanticutsalliance.org.uk/diary/

3. BIRMINGHAM

Thursday 12th May, 19:00

Meeting sponsored by Disabled People Against Cuts, Right to Work and SWAN West Midlands

‘Benefit Cuts: Who are they targeting? How can we stop them?’

Speakers:

Solicitor from Irwin Mitchell who won the case preventing Birmingham City Council changing eligibility criteria for care funding

Linda Burnip, Disabled People Against Cuts

Michael Bradley, Right to Work

SWAN speaker

Venue: Unison offices, 19th floor McClaren Tower, Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 7NN

http://righttowork.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/rtw-and-dpac-meeting-birmingham.pdf

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