Nottingham Claimants Action (NCA) believes in fighting the imposition of the Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) benefits regime, and attempts by the DSS to force claimants on to 'workfare' schemes like the Tories' previous Project Work pilots or New Labour's Welfare to Work, part of their bogus New Deal. We changed our name from Nottingham Campaign Against the Job Seekers Allowance (NCAJSA) to highlight this wider struggle. Whether you are in Nottingham or anywhere else in Britain, or maybe even the world, and you want to do something about the 'work or dole' false-choice life we are forced to endure, or if you (or someone you know) needs benefits advice, then this site is for you.
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Please note: NCA is no longer meeting and we can't answer emails but info on this page is still updated as often as possible. If you want to meet and get involved with local activists on a range of issues in the Nottingham area, check out the Sumac Centre in Forest Fields. If you are anywhere else in Britain, you will find other useful links below. For local welfare advice, please contact Notts Unemployed Workers Centre (formerly Mansfield Unemployed Workers Centre), another of the TUC unemployed workers' centres, or try some of the other links below.
Beware: whilst we try to keep it up to date, some of the material on this site or from its links may become out of date.
Nottinghamshire Unemployed Workers Centre - Provides a comprehensive welfare rights service advising on benefits. This service is available for anyone whether in or out of work. Millions of pounds in benefits goes unclaimed in Notts every year, and even if you are working you can claim many benefits, so don't be afraid to ask - call in for advice! NUWC have a 90% success rate in Social Security Tribunals.
Nottinghamshire County Council Benefits Advice - provide advice on the full range of social security benefits available to people living in Nottinghamshire, checking whether you are getting all the benefits to which you are entitled, and representing you at benefits tribunals. Lots of online leaflets and guides including Attendance Allowance and Disability Living Allowance.
Citizen's Advice Bureau - "The online CAB service that provides independent advice on your rights." Up to date advice on benefits and other topics in English, Welsh, Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Urdu and Chinese.
No Borders Nottingham - part of the No Borders Network, a group of grass-roots organizations that support free migration and abolishment of borders and deportations of asylum seekers. Asylum seekers cannot work in Britain and many of them are forced into destitution.
Sheffield Welfare Action Network (SWAN) - A Sheffield based, non-party political campaign; opposing benefit sanctions and attempts to force people into unsuitable work and treatment when they themselves know that they are not ready.
The 1-in-12 Club - Bradford's original - it came out of a Claimants Union in 1981, now its much more. An inspiration to us all and a good place to meet activists.
Dolescoungers - Brighton website incorporating Abolish Working Links (AWoL) who are fighting Working Links, the company that has been running Employment Zones (where long term unemployed get harassed), who have no grievance procedure despite them being legally obliged to have one. Read AWoL's bulletin, Missing Links. See also an article in SchNews.
56a Infoshop - London home of the precari-punx project - for the abolition of work.
The Simon Jones Memorial Campaign - Simon Jones was killed on 24th April 1998, aged 24, on his first day as a casual worker at
Shoreham dock - another victim of our growing casual labour economy.
Campaign Against Prison Slavery - CAPS exists to challenge and bring about an end to forced prison labour, and to expose the companies that exploit it. If it's cheap, it could have been made or packaged by a prisoner.
Child Soldiers - find out how the armed forces prey on the young unemployed. There is no statutory minimum age of recruitment in the UK.
Anarchist People of Color - "a discussion group by and for people of color who identify with anarchist and anti-authoritarian ideals."
No one is Illegal! - the NOII manifesto demands "for workers within the welfare system to refuse to comply with the denial of benefits or provisions based on immigration status."
No Deal - from those who brought us the Carnival for Full Enjoyment at the G8 summit 2005. Includes the highly amusing 'New Deal for the Dead' spoof of JobCentrePLUS advertising.
Precarity.info - "One less day of working, one more day for us". London Mayday 2006, inviting all self-organised workers, migrant workers, non-unionised workers, agency workers, cash in hand workers, dole claimants, free-lancers, work rejecters and all of those who fall outside of traditional union organisation to join an autonomous bloc on the TUC march.
Chainworkers - mainly Italian site but with some English bits. Defending (young) workers of malls and supermarkets from the retail chains that suck your lives dry.
OCAP - Excellent site of the Canadian direct-action group, Ontario Coalition Against Poverty. Inspiration for London's LCAP.
Squat!Net - international multi-lingual website with news and info about squatting empty houses, with UK links.
Defy-ID - ID cards will be used to manage who is entitled to benefits and who not, and a major refusal campaign is needed. See also:
Leave Them Kids Alone - great site opposing fingerprinting children in schools (for library books, school meals, registration). Even primary school children! Bastards.
Aufheben - this south of england group shout out their Unemployed Recalcitrance
and Welfare Restructuring in the UK today article in huge type and attempt to explain why most UK claimants groups in the 1990's were full of aging politicos rather than angry young claimants. See also their Dole Autonomy pamphlet.
CLAWS - Creating Livable Alternatives to Wage Slavery. A pro-leisure and anti-wage-slavery group of people dedicated to exploring the question: why work?
The Idler - a site devoted to philosophy and humour against a work-obsessed culture.
Anxiety Culture - further railings against work-obsession and other anxieties.
Precarity - Any idea what this means? Find out here.
Zones, where the long-term unemployed get forced into cheap labour. Next they're going to be administering the government's back-to-work programmes for the disabled. So WATCH OUT! (see Dolescroungers above and Pathways to Work link below for more info).
Department of Work and Pensions (DWP): Pathways to Work - this is the scheme to get IB claimants of benefits, using a range of private and voluntary sector contractors. The Phase 1 contractors appointed in September 2007 were A4e, Seetec Ltd, Shaw Trust, TNG Ltd, Triage Central Ltd, and WorkDirections Ltd. These contractors have been delivering Pathways in 15 Jobcentre Plus Districts since 3 December. The organisations awarded Pahse 2 contracts in Dec 2007 were Carter & Carter Group plc, Instant Muscle Enterprise Limited, Reed in Partnership, Remploy, Royal British Legion Industries, Shaw Trust, TNG and Working Links. They will deliver Pathways in the remaining 16 Jobcentre Plus districts from April 2008, completing the national rollout across Great Britain.
New Deal - the Labour government's site promoting New Deal to employers, as seen on TV.