Our friend, Ruth from Birmingham has a series of chronic, degenerative and debilitating illnesses. It means she can't walk easily without assistance, and spends most of her days on a cocktail of medication. Birmingham City Council, through a clerical error and Job Centre Plus incompetence have determined that she needs to pay back over £5,000 in housing benefit.
It'll take her over a year to contest this decision, which means she has to fight homelessness. Added to this, she's one of the hundreds of thousands of individuals who have had to fight a Government assessment, that she's 'Fit For Work'. In partnership with graffer-activist VOID ONE, THTC is looking to help raise her living costs, and awareness of her situation - and of the hundreds of thousands of other individuals and families that have been stripped of their social welfare and dignity. Read more on our blog
Official UK Government figures show that over 17,000 people have died while waiting to hear from their PIP assessments. Independent testimony places the number much higher. The UN has identified that 14 million people in the UK live in poverty - unable to afford proper housing or food. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation highlighted that 1.5m people experienced destitution in 2017 - meaning they had less than £10 a day after housing costs, or had to go without at least two essentials such as shelter, food, heat, light, clothing or toiletries during a one-month period.
This t-shirt is for all of them. 30% of sale price goes straight to Ruth, and along with community actions and Void One's gallery sales will look to fund her legal and living expenses - once those are met, we'll be raising money for MSUK.