A year outside Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre.

The poor side of life

Today we celebrated a full year of demonstrations outside the Jobcentre every Thursday. It’s been an amazing year, one that has shown that a smaller protest can and is effective.

We started our Jobcentre demonstrations last year when we were disgusted to hear that a young pregnant girl was sanctioned for attending her workfare interview and telling them that she was pregnant. We decided that as a group Tameside Against The Cuts would take a stand. Not only was this sanction illegal it put the life of the young girl and her unborn baby at risk. It highlighted to us that the situation regarding sanctioning was far worse than we could imagine.

Armed with a banner that we had previously used at other demonstrations and some cardboard placards we decided that a weekly demonstration was needed to highlight this issue. We had no other resources except our knowledge as a…

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