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There’s going to be a Thanet Day of Action against Sanctions on Wednesday 9 March.
Job centres in Ramsgate and Margate will be picketed as part of a national demonstration against the way sanctions are applied against the unemployed.
The event has been organised by Unite the Union.
Says a spokesperson for Unite: “More and more people are facing benefit sanctions. Half a million people have had their benefits suddenly stopped by sanctions in the last 12 months.
“That’s half a million people, many of whom have been plunged into poverty, unable to heat their homes or even eat. How is this meant to help prepare people for work?”
The spokesperson added: “These sanctions are cruel and handed out for ridiculous reasons such as arriving minutes late to a meeting and not applying for jobs when waiting to start a new job. This has to stop!”
In Thanet the day of action is supported by a wide range of groups including Thanet Families In Need, Momentum Thanet, the Labour and Green parties.
The Ramsgate picket will begin at 9.30am, outside Ramsgate job centre,Queens House, Queen St, Ramsgate CT11 9EW.
Details of the Margate picket will be posted soon.

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