Demonstrators Occupy Workfare Exploiter Learndirect

Anti workfare demonstrators occupied Learndirect offices in Edinburgh on 12th June.  After occupying for an hour, protestors then moved to cover the office entrance with a huge banner declaring IF YOU EXPLOIT US, WE WILL SHUT YOU DOWN.  Police attended but the occupation continued despite their presence.  There were no arrests. Continue reading

It’s time to care, says UNISON as survey reveals Scotland’s care crisis

A survey of Scottish homecare workers has exposed the shocking reality of the country’s care services. The majority of workers polled in the UNISON survey believe the service is not sufficient to meet the needs of the elderly and vulnerable people they care for – both from the time they can spend and the quality of care they can provide. Almost half of carers (44%) said they were limited to specific times to spend with their clients. One in two workers are not reimbursed for travelling between client visits, while three in four said they expected the situation to get worse over the coming year. Continue reading

Scottish Victory Against the Bedroom Tax

The Scottish Anti Bedroom Tax Federation decided to have our National Committee on Sunday 9th February in the Glasgow Unison Offices. After the great news from Wednesday’s budget that the bedroom tax in Scotland is to be fully mitigated, Anti Bedroom Tax Campaigners have hailed this a Victory due to all of the pressure we have put on the Labour Party and the SNP forcing them to finally take action, effectively killing the bedroom tax in Scotland. Continue reading

Meeting to plan protest at the Edinburgh Tory Conference

11am Saturday 11th Jan 2014                Augustine Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.                                                            In March the Scottish Conservative Party will hold their annual conference at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. We need to ensure this event doesn’t pass without a clear message being sent from the people of Edinburgh about what we think of their attacks on workers, disabled people and the unemployed.                                            This meeting is open to all who wish to plan a protest against the March conference.      Hope to see you there!

Bedroom Tax – Council promise to boost Discretionary payments as non-payment soars

“Hit by the bedroom tax?  Apply for Discretionary Housing Payment now!” That was the message from the City of Edinburgh Council meeting on 1st October where anti bedroom tax campaigners addressed the Corporate Policy and Strategy Committee. The Scottish Government has made a “game-changing” £20 million available and at this meeting Edinburgh Council authorised officials to immediately start paying out more Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP). Continue reading

No Bedroom Tax! Protest at Edinburgh Council

Anti-Bedroom Tax Protest and Delegation to City of Edinburgh Council

9.15am Tuesday 1st October 2013

City Chambers, High St

Meeting of Corporate Policy and Strategy committee starts 10am. Come with placards and banners to make your feelings known. A delegation from the Lothian Federation of anti bedroom tax groups will speak at the meeting and emphasise the hardship caused by the tax. Continue reading

Bedroom tax leads to city rent arrears crisis

RENT arrears have soared since the “bedroom tax” was introduced, with 1500 more people now being plunged into debt than before.

New figures set to be debated at City Chambers today lay bare the short-term impact of the controversial welfare reforms on the Capital’s poorest citizens.                       Click here to read full article from the Edinburgh Evening news.

Demonstrators target Leith Jobcentre in protest over benefit sanctions

Demonstrators besieged Leith Job Centre in Edinburgh on 11th July to oppose the 30% sanctions target set by a new manager there.  Police manhandled protestors who entered the building and announced that the Public Order Act was in force.  Part of the Boycott Workfare Week of Action Against Workfare, the demo denounced all work-for-your-benefits schemes, and proclaimed opposition to the whole austerity programme.
Organised by Edinburgh Coalition Against Poverty and supported by Greater Leith Against the Cuts, the demo Continue reading

Lothian Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation meeting

10am Saturday 15th June 2013                                                  Out of the Blue, 36 Dalmeny Street, Leith.

All are welcome to attend. On the agenda will be reports from branches and building for upcoming events including the Austerity Uncovered Conference.