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Meeting in Wembley calls for protection of Universal Credit claimants against eviction

PUBLISHED: 15:35 27 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:35 27 November 2018

Giselle Winston of the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group. Picture: Martin Francis

Giselle Winston of the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group. Picture: Martin Francis

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The MP for Brent Central asked a packed meeting in Wembley to let her know of any concerns following the rollout of Universal Credit in Brent so she can take them to parliament.

Dawn Butler MP and Giselle Winston of the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group. Picture: Martin FrancisDawn Butler MP and Giselle Winston of the Kilburn Unemployed Workers Group. Picture: Martin Francis

A meeting at Chalkhill Community Centre, in Chalkhill Road, heard Dawn Butler MP and David Oates from Brent Council explain how Universal Credit works.

Harlesden Job Centre was the borough’s first to move claimants onto the new single payment benefit which will continue until all 45,000 Brent claimants are moved.

Mary Adossides, chair of Brent Trades Council, said: “This new system imposes significant cuts across a number of areas, pushing recipients onto foodbanks and into rent arrears often leading to homelessness. The meeting will put pressure on Brent Council to adopt a ‘no evictions policy’ for tenants who fall into arrears as Camden already has.”

A day of action opposing UC is taking place on Saturday at 2pm in Ladbroke Grove.

Email dawnbutlermpoffice@parliament.uk or call: 02084516560.

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