Scotland’s new social security system: what does it mean to you?

Tuesday 15th May, 9.30 – 2pm at the Muirhouse Millennium Centre, 7 Muirhouse Medway EH4 4RT

Guest speakers: Jean Freeman MSP, Minister for Social Security; Judith Robertson, chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission; Pauline Nicol Bowie, Manager of LIFT (low income families all together)

Workshops: All about me group, Crisis, Living Rent.

For more information and to book a creche place please contact Pauline on 07758251801 or email pauline.lift@outlook.com

A ‘We are all Daniel Blake’ event

Scottish Social Security Bill

We are very lucky to have Jeane Freeman, Minister for Social Security coming along to talk about the new Scottish Social Security Bill and what it means for us on Tuesday 15 May 10.00am at the Muirhouse Millennium Centre, 7 Muirhouse Medway, EH4 4RW

The Minister will talk about the new Scottish Social Security Bill and answer our questions.

She will be with us from 10.00 – 11.00am

Following this you can join a number of workshops including LIFT, CRISIS and LIVING RENT.

More details on workshops to follow! The event ends at 2.00pm

Everyone is welcome, so do come along if you can.

kind regards,

Pat Smith, on behalf of “We are all Daniel Blake”37667399276_913fb404b9_zSc

VICTORY

From ECAP

COUNCIL PAY HOUSING BENEFIT AND DROP COURT ACTION AGAINST HOMELESS LONE PARENT

Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty are very pleased to report that Edinburgh Council are dropping the court action against lone parent D for supposed “rent arrears” and are paying D Housing Benefit to cover the back rent.  This means we no longer need to go ahead with the planned action at the Council Leader’s surgery on Wednesday 21 March – this action is cancelled.  It seems the threat of action was enough to pressure the Council to do the right thing.

D and her young son were recently evicted from a Private Sector Leasing flat run by Link group under contract to the Council. The CEC refused to pay Housing Benefit to D despite the fact that she had no income apart from paltry benefits, and had no significant savings. Not content with making D and her child homeless the Council then started persecuting her via lawyers and the courts, demanding 4,100 pounds false “rent arrears”.

ECAP have been battling this injustice for over a month, but it is only when we made public our intention to demonstrate at Council leader Adam McVey’s surgery that the Council attitude mysteriously changed overnight!  The Council have now put in writing that Housing Benefit is being paid and the court action stopped.  Direct Action gets the goods!  The Council well know from the courageous actions of the North Edinburgh mums in All About Me and their supporters that more and more people in Edinburgh are willing to take action to resist homelessness and injustice.

The Council have also written that the Council Tax warrant against D has been withdrawn and full back-dated Council Tax reduction applied.  Now ECAP will be battling alongside D to make sure that she and her son are allocated safe secure good housing on a permanent basis.

We can build on victories like this, let’s step up our actions and through creating a counter power from below,  we can win HOMES FOR ALL!

RESISTING THE VIOLENCE OF AUSTERITY

AN EVENING OF POLITICS, MUSIC AND CONVERSATION – organised by We are all Daniel Blake

Friday 6th October, 7pm – 10pm at Out of the Blue, 36 Dalmeny Street, EH6 8RG

Speakers include the authors of the Violence of Austerity, Vickie Cooper and David Whyte. The book demonstrates the shocking impact of cuts and austerity. There will be copies of the book available. Also on the platform will be Sue Caro from Justice4Grenfell. In addition we will have short films from North Edinburgh Action Group, music  and time set aside to visit the stalls, chat and mingle. The Cafe/ Bar will be open for drinks and snacks.