Welfare Action Week: 10-16 October 2011
In October 2011, we ran a Welfare Action Week to highlight concerns about the UK Government’s proposed changes to benefits which we believed would push thousands of people living in social housing into hardship or out of their homes. We believed it would mean many families could be forced to relocate, potentially miles away from their child's school, support networks or place of work.
We ran Welfare Action Week to urge the UK Government to reconsider these punitive measures and to look again at what the true costs of pushing ahead with them would be and to highlight the harsh reality of these changes and to campaign against them.
We put together an Action Pack full of information to help members get involved.
We ran an online petition against the changes to welfare benefits, which received the support of nearly 2,000 signatories. We travelled to London on 13 September 2011 with tenants from Newydd HA, Rhondda HA, Hafod HA, Hafod Care and Melin Homes to hear the second reading of the Welfare Reform Bill in the House of Lords, where Lord Touhig (a former Labour MP for Islwyn) presented the petition against many of the changes proposed by the bill to the House. This was the first petition to be presented to the Lords in over a decade.