The Derry City and Strabane District Council is hosting a major meeting this Thursday, 5 September, at 3pm in the Guildhall to address the impact of welfare reforms.

The meeting follows on from a motion passed by the Council in June calling for welfare reforms to be scrapped and for the Council to take action locally to undo the damage of welfare reforms.

People Before Profit Councillor Shaun Harkin said: "We are facing an increasing number of challenges but we can't allow the damage inflicted on communities here by the introduction of welfare reforms to be forgotten. These policies need to be scrapped. We need to do all that we can now to undo the damage they're causing locally.

"I encourage the broadest attendance at the meeting on Thursday in the Guildhall. All Derry and Strabane Councillors have been invited. We will hear directly from people who have been dealing with the impact of welfare reforms. Trade unions, campaigning organisations, advice groups and local food banks will be attending.

"The point of the meeting is to build a people power movement to undo these policies and to identify actions that can be taken now to make sure people receive help and know their rights. No one should be humiliated in a PIP medical assessment. No one should be forced into debt and poverty when millions of pounds are available in grant money.

"āThe Council voted to organise this meeting to take action and this is exactly what we need to see now. We shouldn't accept the notion that nothing can be done. When people mobilise in large numbers we can win our demands. People power is the key."

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