Unite community members will be holding a ‘die-in’ at the Capita assessment clinic on Linenhall Street in Belfast from 9am to 9.30am tomorrow [Friday, 30th November] as the first of two protests this weekend against Universal Credit.
The protests coincide with a UK-wide mobilisation to demand the roll-out of Universal Credit is halted. The DWP’s Universal Credit system has caused misery for vast numbers of people, with delayed payments – and deliberate, in-built delays – leaving them penniless even at Christmas. Cuts to ‘motability’ have left many disabled people severely limited or even housebound. The government has even been condemned by the United Nations for its inhumane treatment of disabled people.
Unite community activists will be delivering a letter of protest to Capita, the private sector company contracted to conduct punitive assessments under the Universal Credit regime.