The Right to Work: Right to Welfare group (R2W) & Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) invite you to attend ‘Conscious Cruelty: social security, the economy and human rights’  on Wednesday 17th October 2018.

  • Wednesday 17th October 2018, 10am - 1pm
  • Registration 9.30am
  • A light lunch will follow
  • Spectrum Centre, 331-333, Shankill Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT13 3AA

The right to social security is deliberately frustrated in the name of 'welfare reform'.
While government might claim that unemployment is falling, the number of people who are long term unemployed continue to grow, alongside the rise of underemployment and precarious work.

Private companies replace publicly accountable bodies to enforce ‘back to work’ schemes providing neither income nor dignity, while people who are sick, disabled and unemployed are subjected to cruel and degrading assessments processes before arbitrarily removing their social security.

In this environment the Right to Work: Right to Welfare (R2W), a group of activists in the social security system, have been organising outside unemployment and assessment centres for five years.

R2W have been monitoring the state and all of its agencies while forcing changes in government policy to stop social security sanctions and provide real job for the long term unemployed.

On 17th October 2018, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, R2W will launch the findings of their monitoring with people who have had direct experience of back to work schemes and assessment processes. The event will be chaired by Maggie Beirne,and the following panel of human rights and economic experts will reflect on their findings:

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