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

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


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.

Report from March 11 organising meeting

The organising meeting on Saturday 11th March discussed the next steps in our campaigning.

Advocacy Training

The plan is to launch the training with a Saturday event in the UNITE offices in York Place with 4 or 5 trainers leading workshop groups. The proposed day is Saturday 29 April. More local training days are also being planned. Local groups can coordinate support and more easily organise rotas etc. One local group is already discussing trying to get a drop in centre.

UNITE Day of Action against Benefit Sanctions, Thursday 30 March.

We decided to holda protest outside High Riggs Jobs Centre over Government changes to Personal Independence Payments.  UNITE the Union may have other events in the course of the day.

ECAP Stall

ECAP (Edinburgh Campaign Against Poverty) will have a stall outside the High Riggs Job Centre from 10.30 – 12noon on Friday 17 March. You are welcome to come along if you can.

Video of speakers at community showing of I’ Daniel Blake

On 26 November almost 400 attended a showing of I, Daniel Blake at Cineworld organised by Action Against Austerity.  Thanks to everyone who donated to make this possible.  You can watch the speakers here They include Sasha Callaghan (Disability History Scotland) Jeane Freeman MSP (Welfare Minister), Paul Laverty (script writer) and more.