Category Archives: Unite in the Community

Trussell Trust figures show a staggering 214 percent increase in demand for emergency food supplies over five years in Northern Ireland

Unite community will raise demand for scrapping of Universal Credit as a core issue of concern in upcoming election Food bank stats expose total inadequacy of ‘fig-leaf’ mitigations package negotiated by Northern Ireland Executive parties Albert Hewitt, Unite Community Coordinator … Continue reading

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In context of political failure, local councils must act to safeguard poor and homeless during cold snap 

In absence of political action, numbers dying in winter in Northern Ireland unnecessarily has risen 130 percent in three years to 1,500 Poverty leaves many reliant on old, dangerous or un-serviced heating devices for heating or going to bed early … Continue reading

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NI Audit Office report confirms that Universal Credit mitigation package has failed most vulnerable

Uptake of mitigations funds falls £136 million below Executive target leaving claimants to face full brunt of Tory welfare reform package Only 82 percent of Universal Credit claimants paid on time with more than half drawing down advance payment to … Continue reading

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Protest at Department for Communities, Belfast tomorrow as part of Unite’s national day of action against Universal Credit

Campaigners to gather outside Department for Communities building on Bedford Street, Belfast Albert Hewitt explained why his union’s community members will be protesting against Universal Credit outside the Department for Communities buildings in Belfast tomorrow at 2pm: “While Universal Credit has … Continue reading

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Unite the union community members to erect ‘suicide awareness’ signs at Cave hill country park

Grassroots initiative taken as number of deaths from suicide in Northern Ireland in 20 years since peace agreement exceeds those from the 30 year Troubles Twelve permanent Unite in the community ‘suicide awareness’ signs to go up on all pathways … Continue reading

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