The Right to Work: Right to Welfare (R2W) group have been active since the summer of 2012, when a group of experienced PPR activists began organising with people who were out of work and on benefits at the Social Security office in Corporation Street, Belfast.  Against the backdrop of rising unemployment and the most radical re-shaping of our welfare system in its history, the work of the R2W group has received acclaim for its innovative approach to asserting rights in the time of austerity.

Commenting on the R2W group, Ms. Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights said, “The important work being done by the Right to Work: Right to Welfare Group in Belfast, Northern Ireland to hold the government accountable through the grassroots development and use of human rights indicators and benchmarks is crucial and should be praised as a promising practice to be followed.”

The PIP assessment is rigged to fail - here's how you can challenge it

PPR calls for the scrapping of the current PIP assessment – here are the reasons why

“Sundays are the best days, when there is no post”

(Participant in PPR focus group, speaking about PIP process)

First do no harm?  Health regulatory bodies must make it clear that health professionals employed to carry out PIP and WCA Assessments are in breach of their professional code.

The Right to Work; Right to Welfare (R2W) group were joined yesterday in Derry by trade unionists from Derry Trades Union Council, UNITE, UNISON, NIPSA, and political representatives from Sinn Féin, SDLP, and People

Please join the Right to Work: Right to Welfare group (R2W) on Monday 8th May at 12 noon at Andersonstown Jobs and Benefits Office (Kennedy Centre, 580 Falls Road, Belfast) to present the ‘Human Rights Descriptors’ check list to Decision Makers. ‘People don’t realise a sanction can mean losing every penny’– Bertie Atkinson, Right to Work: Right to Welfare (R2W) activist

The Peoples Proposal

The People’s Proposal constitutes a simple checklist for social security decision makers, which if implemented, would safeguard people’s rights to:

We are a group of unemployed people who have been campaigning since 2012 for the creation of real jobs and for protections in the social security system. The #PeoplesProposal has been developed as a result of years of engagement with people in receipt of social security, the majority of whom are vulnerable and dealing with a range of both physical and mental health conditions.
Action research carried out between 2014-15 found  

An increasing number of influential bodies are calling for the capricious benefit sanctions regime to be reformed so that people are provided with the human rights protections they are entitled to.  Among the specific issues of most concern to these various bodies have been the impact of benefit sanctions on mental health, as well as the impact of sanctions on children.

In January 2017, Participation and the Practice of Rights and the Right to Work: Right to Welfare group (R2W), in partnership with the Golden Thread Gallery and Cumann Scannán Loch Lao held two screenings of 

Participation and the Practice of Rights and the Right to Work: Right to Welfare group (R2W), in partnership with the Golden Thread Gallery and Cumann Scannán Loch Lao, are delighted to bring you two free screenings of Ken Loach’s award winning film, I, Daniel Blake, as part of the 

Hydrografitti mural on Corporation street dole office

The message from government is that the problem of growing unemployment is one of ‘shirkers’ and ‘scroungers’ who need routed through rigorous assessment regimes to wean them off welfare dependency. The message on the wall is that the real failure lies at the door of government.


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