We believe that the social security system has been one of the greatest achievements of the post-war welfare state but reforms by Labour and the coalition have led only to poverty and despair – as seen by the rising use of food banks, homelessness and suicides.
The narrative used by the government divides people into ‘deserving and undeserving’ categories but less than 1 per cent of benefit claims are fraudulent whilst zero hours contracts, low wages and lack of affordable childcare drive 64% of families to claim at least one social security benefit. At the same time these reforms provide a massive taxpayer subsidy to low paying employers and landlords through Working Tax Credit and Housing Benefit.
We oppose the use of private companies to harass and bully claimants. We expect a social security system to guarantee a minimum living standard and to empower people to make an active contribution to society and the economy according to their abilities, which is adequately rewarded.
In the longer term we will review pensions and other areas but overall we hold to a basic principle that social protection must be publicly funded and administered. Social security should be promoted positively, as a crucial safety net.
Our immediate tasks would include abolishing all sanctions, scrapping Universal Credit, reinstating Council Tax Benefit, scrapping the Bedroom Tax and the ‘benefit cap’ that discriminates against larger families, and reinstating benefit increases based on the RPI measure of inflation.
We will abolish all forced labour on welfare to work schemes (‘workfare’) and institute meaningful training courses for future jobs.
Left Unity is active in movements and campaigns across the left, working to create an alternative to the main political parties.
Events and protests from around the movement, and local Left Unity meetings.
Friday 28 April, 18:00
Never Again! Marking 50 years since the Military Coup
Speakers, banned songs and Greek food with the Greece Solidarity Campaign and Anti-Fascist Action for Greece. Unite the Union HQ, Holborn, London.
Facebook event here
Wednesday 3rd May, 14:00
Eleanor Firman memorial meeting
Remembering our much-loved comrade. Hosted by East London Unite Community.
SharnHall Methodist Church, Walthamstow E17 9HX
Monday 8 May, 19:30
Punk, Culture and Socialism
Presented by West London Left Unity & Artists for a Left Future, with Ray ‘Buddy Hell’ Campbell & Lally Laud at Churchfields Cafe, W3 6EBMusic, cakes, coffee and discussion. Free entry. FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/201094907055140/
Saturday 24 June
March for Homes
Join the movement preparing for this demo: private, council, housing association and co-op tenants, unions and housing campaigners
To get involved email email@example.com or call 07432 098440
Sun 23 – Sat 29 July
International Youth Camp, Otranto, Italy
The Fourth International’s annual youth camp – find out more about socialism, feminism and environmentalism.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up to the Left Unity email newsletter.
Get the latest Left Unity resources.