... After talking to this lady I was stopped by a homeless chap who wanted to congratulate us on our hard work. He said that he hated this Job Centre. His friend who lived on the streets with him had been sanctioned after being taken off the sickness benefits that he was on and was put on Job seekers Allowance. He had severe mental health and addiction problems. He was sanctioned, and without warm clothes and very little food he fell asleep on the streets and never woke up. He died of hypothermia. People had passed him and thought that he was asleep. He didn’t stand a chance. And what do the Job Centre staff say? “We are only following orders.” Most don’t feel any guilt or remorse. And we know that this government doesn’t either.
We are holding a memorial service outside Ashton Under Lyne Job
Centre next Thursday. We will be laying a wreath and we are desperately
in need of funds to do so. We ill be doing this in memory of every
person that has died as a result of this governments war against the
poor. We wont forget them. Please come, bring a flower, bring some words
to say but more importantly bring yourself...