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.”

PIP assessments are harming vulnerable people – they must be scrapped

Everybody knows that the PIP assessment process is causing enormous anxiety and distress to people. At its worst is affecting people’s physical and mental health to a point of despair which has driven people in some instances to take their own lives.

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.


Well known GP calls for a social security system based on principles of fairness and dignity

This piece was written by Dr John Kyle, a GP working in inner East Belfast, who sees on a daily basis the impact of unfair social security decision making on his patients and their families.

Targeting benefit cuts at the poorest children is a clear breach of their human rights

by Koulla Yiasouma, NI Commissioner for Children and Young People

Most people will have heard of the introduction of the Two Child Limit to new Universal Credit(UC) or Child Tax Credit applicants. Our benefits system is clearly discriminating against third, fourth, fifth children by making them ineligible for social security.

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  


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