Fighting Universal Credit

Very helpful post, with a link embedded to a fact-sheet: Know Your Rights.

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If articles calling for the end of Universal Credit translated into resistance on the ground, then this cruel system would be history. But of course it doesn’t work like that. The fight against the attack on social security, of which UC is the flagship, does have the potential to become a rallying cry for major social change, but only if this is understood and taken up. The cuts are affecting more and more people, and, for the first time anywhere, people in low-paid work who rely on benefits to have enough to live on are becoming subject to the punitive sanctions regime. But there is no single action that claimants can take to disrupt the system in the same way as people withheld their Poll Tax, and we can’t do anything that might prevent people receiving their vital payments. The only group who could carry out concerted targeted action is…

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Well, this is scary. I hadn’t intended starting a blog or making a webpage, but hey why not? It fits with the theme of exploring all the various ways I can, of being creative.

Mostly, this blog is for myself, I’m not going to lie. It’s to keep a record of things I have made, creative courses I’m exploring, and just to keep me focused on the things I can do rather than the things I can’t. Also to remind myself of just how far I’ve come along on this crazy journey we call ‘life’.

This has been quite an incredible year of growth for me, in so many different ways. It seems a good idea to document some of it, to reflect and ponder. Mostly I’m just overwhelmed and thankful for the way life is taking off; it’s exciting and positive and quite a new way of being for me although I’ve always had my creative side.

If you’re coming alongside for awhile to share my journey, welcome. I hope that you will find something to enjoy in the things I post, maybe a little inspiration here and there, hopefully some things will make you smile