Stop the cuts to Council Tax benefit

Please sign and share the BPACC petition opposing the cut in funding for Council Tax benefit. Click here for more details about the changes

We, the residents of Poole / Bournemouth, deplore the government’s decision to cut the funding given to local authorities for Council Tax Benefit by 10%. We call on our council, Borough of Poole / Bournemouth Borough Council, to express their disapproval to central govt in the strongest terms possible. As an interim measure, we also call on our Council to cover this funding cut for 2013/14 out of the financial reserves in order to protect the most vulnerable members of our community from this additional charge.



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College criticised for backing Workfare programme

Trades unions and community groups have called on the Bournemouth and Poole College to withdraw its support for the government’s discredited Work Programme which seeks to coerce the unemployed into unpaid work, after it emerged the college was encouraging employers on their website to “Try before they buy” – describing the unemployed as expendable commodities. Whilst the phrase has now been removed, the Work Programme still enables unscrupulous employers to use staff for up to three months without offering them any pay, formal training or travel expenses. Amid widespread controversy, a number of high street names have withdrawn their backing for the scheme, but attention has now turned to the local college.

Neil Duncan-Jordan, President of the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Trades Union Council said: “The Work Programme is the modern-day equivalent of slavery. Unemployed people are being used as a form of cheap labour, with no real chance of ever finding a proper job. It’s a shabby scheme that is exploiting those who are desperate to find work and the college should immediately withdraw its support for such a discredited programme.”

The local TUC and anti-cuts group, Bournemouth and Poole Anti Cuts Coalition (BPACC), plan to target the college with a wave of protests if it refuses to distance itself from the Work Programme.

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Page web url: http://www.thecollege.co.uk/find-a-job/work-programme

Day Care Public Consultation Meetings

Bournemouth has already lost 2 day centres, causing the most vulnerable in society to suffer. Day Care Services review consultation meetings are taking place in the wider area, please attend and voice your concerns, where possible.

Click here for a full list of meetings taking place in June and early July.

UPDATE: On Monday 19th June, The Echo ran a story under the headline “Dorset day centre users asked to give views on cost-cutting ideas”. Click here to read full story

How will the pension changes affect you?

The government wants us to work until 68. For most of us, working that long is simply unhealthy and unsafe.

68 is too late are a campaign group fighting hard to show this government that the changes to our pensions are dangerous and irresponsible – but they need your help.

Do you feel safe working until your late sixties? Do you believe you will be able to meet the job requirements at that age? Will your family life be affected by your late retirement?

You can make a real difference in this fight. Help show the government how damaging these changes will be by telling your story:

Click here to share your experience how the pension changes will affect you and your family.