Twenty-five activists dressed as bankers staged an occupation at the Department for Work and Pensions on Monday 9 March.
Taking over the lobby of the Department for Work and Pensions’ Adelphi House they leafleted staff throughout the building. Carrying banners saying “Target the rich not the poor” and “Stop the Welfare Abolition Bill”, sat in front of the entry barriers and refused to leave.
The aim of the protest was to highlight that fact the Welfare Reform Bill was designed by bankers, penalises the poor, and abolishes income support for single parents and incapacity benefit.
The Bill which will have its third reading on 17 March includes proposals to:
• End income support for single parents and incapacity benefit for disabled people
• Introduce a compulsory work for benefits system in a US-style workfare scheme
• Privatise more of the work of Jobcentre Plus to companies which will be paid more the less benefits they award.
• Share claimants’ information with the police
Anne-Marie O'Reilly, an activist with Feminist Fightback and London Coalition Against Poverty, said:
“Everyone knows that the Government’s Welfare Abolition Bill was designed by ex-banker David Freud. Even if it weren’t for the banks’ track records, the fact that he has recently defected to the Tories should make it clear this Bill need to be thrown out.”
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