The People’s Proposal has gained widespread and deep support across society, from people directly impacted by welfare cuts and sanctions as well as those organisations and charities providing them with advice and support, to political parties and trade unions.

Here are  just a few of the reasons people support the implementation of the People’s Proposal.

 

I support the People’s Proposal to ensure that vulnerable people are not left behind. Everyone has the right to an adequate income to support their families.”

Cllr Tim Attwood, SDLP Belfast City Council

 

I support the People’s Proposal because this culture of “guilty until proven innocent” or “sanction first and investigate later” which I have seen happen in too many cases in my own constituency is causing unnecessary upset and distress to the most vulnerable in our society. This is reflected in the increase of reliance of food banks, the increasing homelessness and the deterioration of many peoples physical and mental health

Cllr Niamh Doris, Sinn Fein, Mid Ulster

 

'I support the People’s Proposal because it promotes a culture where individuals are to be treated with dignity and respect within an open and transparent process'

Karen Douglas, Cllr Alliance Ards and North Down

 

I support the People’s Proposal as it offers additional safeguards for those in receipt of Social Security benefits and I call on the Department of Communities to implement the proposed checklist as a matter of urgency.

Cllr Liam Mackle, SF, Banbridge, Armagh and Craigavon Council

 

We support the People's Proposal as we believe that no one should be left without the means to support themselves.  EBIAC is inundated with people requiring help to attain and retain statutory entitlement to Social Security. We see many people denied benefit only to win it back following a lengthy appeals process.  This process causes a great deal of suffering and financial hardship.  If the People's Proposal was implemented, we believe less people would have their benefits stopped unnecessarily greatly reducing this suffering and hardship

Mary McManus, Manager EBIAC  

 

“ I am concerned about the impact Steps to Success is having on young people taken off our employability programmes and mandated on to S2S. I am also concerned by the fact that vulnerable young people are being disproportionately affected by benefit sanctions, which can leave them without any money.  We believe that all young people are entitled to due process and impact assessment in the social security decision making system. For these reasons Include Youth supports the People’s Proposal

Paddy Mooney, Director, Include Youth

 

“My ESA appeal lasted 9 months, a friends PIP appeal lasted 7 months. Both were successful. In that time, income is reduced or stopped and physical and mental health conditions exacerbated. It’s a barbaric system, but you don’t have to fight alone”

Sarah Wright