Thursday, 19 February 2009

Welfare Reform Bill; PCS Lobby of parliament and public meeting; 3 March

Welfare Reform Bill the next steps in the campaign

We are inviting you to attend a public meeting and lobby of parliament about the welfare reform bill on Tuesday 3 March starting at 12.30 in committee room 14 at the House of Commons.

The lobby and public meeting are supported by a range of organisations including trade unions and the TUC, service user groups and campaigning organisations (for details of the supporting organisations please see the leaflet in this pack).

PCS are campaigning against plans to introduce -

- the privatisation of the employment service and social fund

- ‘work for your benefit’ schemes

- the abolition of income support

- cutting the benefits of single parents and those with long-term illness

- requiring all parents of young children to seek work

PCS wants the government to introduce progressive measures to help people in these difficult times. This is why we are fully supporting the TUC’s demand for the government to urgently raise benefit levels.

We are asking people to attend the meeting and to lobby their MP. If you plan to meet with politicians on the day to discuss the welfare reform bill then you need to tell your MP beforehand. If you can not attend the lobby but support the campaign then please write to your MP about your concerns. We have provided a model letter in this pack.

If you would like more information about this campaign, please visit

If you have any questions please email -

Please feel free to pass this information on to others who may be interested to attend the event.

We hope you will join us on Tuesday 3 March.

Best wishes,

Mark Serwotka

PCS General Secretary

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