I started to write this blog a number of years ago due to the onset of Universal Credit. Myself and the team could already see how bad it was going to be for the poorest and most vulnerable in society.
I never really expected this blog to take off, no one would read it I thought. I was wrong. From the moment of publishing this blog it sparked an interest because there was nothing exactly like it already published. It was a first.
This blog documents the weekly happenings outside Ashton Under Lyne Jobcentre. I felt that it was important to document this because one day it will be a part of history that no one will ever forget, especially the people that I talk to and help.
We don’t belong to any large organisation, the group runs fluid and it works well like this. This means that volunteers can come and go as they please and no pressure is put upon them because it is hard work.
I write and run this blog by myself, because as a single parent I, myself am affected or have been affected by many of the issues that I write about.
I feel that it’s important to help everyone, despite of circumstances etc. No judgement is made.
The team and myself are mostly self employed and retired and almost all of us are fully trained in advising people with the issues that they are dealing with. Indeed, some are ex welfare rights and citizens advice workers.
Everything in this blog has been fully researched before writing and these are not stories picked out of thin air.
The reality now is that this is happening at many Jobcentres throughout the country, and at the moment there is no sign of it stopping.
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