Monthly Archives: October 2012

Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Defend Council Tax Benefit Campaign


Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Defend Council Tax Benefit Campaign’s
have responded to Nottingham City Council’s and Bassetlaw District
Council’s local council tax scheme consultations.

They have condemned the proposals which include 20% cuts or more for
many council tax claimants, an end to backdating, and a lowering of
savings limits.

They also say the proposals are unworkable, too costly to run and
divisive because they are separating claimants, who are already
identified as in need under the current scheme, into the deserving and
non-deserving.

The campaign group, who have researched the proposed changes, explain
their objections in detail in a letter and say that if local councils
do not fight to retain the existing scheme, it is likely that the
government will cut the budget further. The group have offered to
fight alongside the Council if they are prepared to fight to retain
the existing Council Tax Benefit scheme.

To get involved or contact the campaign:

Email defendcounciltaxbenefits@yahoo.co.uk
Phone/text 07521 569 622

See consultation letters in Word and PDF:

Consultation letter Nottingham City Council [Word format]
Consultation letter Bassetlaw [Word]

Consultation letter Nottingham City Council [PDF]
Consultation letter Bassetlaw [PDF]

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Demonstration Against the Government & Financial Crisis plus Celebration of Occupy’s First Year Anniversary


People from Nottingham Occupy who took over slab square a year ago will be running an information stand next weekend on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October 2012 to demonstrate Against the government & financial crisis plus a celebration of Occupy’s first year anniversary.

Meet in front of the Council House (Old Market Square, Nottingham) from 12 Noon.

If you’ve had enough of the financial crisis, the cuts & loss of services affecting your lives & family, sick of the unjust tax evasion, tired of commodities being so expensive when their is no need other than to increase profit margins for the rich, sick of the wars being fought for power & control of resources to create higher profits, or the planet being destroyed & polluted to provide products, then join us, bring posters, banners & instruments, shout about what you are not happy with, dance with us & most importantly be part of the positive change you want to see & stand together united in defiance.

We are the 99%

More details on Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/487627724601725/

Anti-workfare action to follow Oct 20th demo in London


Everyone who is going to the London anti-austerity demonstration on Oct 20th is invited to participate on pickets against people having to work for their benefits who are being exploited by many high street shops and charities alongside paid workers. ‘Workfare Shutdown!’ is organised by Boycott Workfare and begin in Oxford Circus after the march starting 2.30pm in the afternoon. Details: http://www.boycottworkfare.org/?p=1636 and http://www.facebook.com/events/397571753647212/

Oct 20th anti-austerity demonstration in London – coaches from Nottingham


A Future That Works: 20 October 2012

UPDATE POST-OCT 20th: Reportz from Indymedia: http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2012/10/501777.html

List of coaches: http://falseeconomy.org.uk/travel/east-midlands/all/t1

Demo info: https://nottssos.org.uk/2012/08/28/coaches-to-london-anti-austerity-demo-a-future-that-works-20th-october-2012/

Workfare ‘walk of shame’ in Nottingham city centre – 30/9/2012 – photos


On Saturday September 30th, a group of anti-workfare activists took to the streets of Nottingham to picket some of the corporate workfare profiteers and to highlight why workfare (work for benefits) is such a dangerous idea. Both charities and high street shops are benefiting from free labour organised by job centres and third party providers (who also take a cut). Activists visited Burton, Barnardo’s, Primark, Greggs and Superdrug with a banner, sound system and flyers.

Report and Photos: http://nottingham.indymedia.org.uk/articles/2836
More photos: http://nottingham.indymedia.org.uk/articles/2834

See also: http://www.boycottworkfare.org