2 films focusing on animal rights issues. One in relation to animals being used in laboratories (antivivisection) and the other against animals use in the fur trade. Both obviously sight cruelty along with other concerns. One video (anti-fur) contains images that some may find distressing.
The two films in this category either directly, or indirectly concern Bailiffs (debt collection) and those that employ such people. One is about an awards ceremony for those in the credit control industry, which includes debt collection. Finally the third video follows telephone conversations a young woman has with the local authority to cancel a bailiffs enforcement visit, as she has managed to get the money the council says she owes.
Currently one video covering the controversial matter of police spies infiltrating campaign groups and forming relationships with female campaigners, even fathering children with them.
Shorts covering criminal related incidents and subjects.
From a naked cycle ride to highlight cyclists vulnerability, to a company who’s chairman at the time encouraged his drivers to illegally use bus lanes in London. Finally to the end result of the danger to cyclists as fellow cyclists pay their respects for another fatality on the road.
A very general term to cover a very complicated subject influencing the lives of very many people. Films here cover the fears and realities of cuts to disability benefits including Employment Support Allowance, Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payments, as well as the Independent Living Fund. Pensioners join some of the activities as they too are hit by cuts to disability allowances. This hardship is being orchestrated by one minister; Iain Duncan Smith (the former Secretary of State at The DWP, Department for Work and Pensions who resigned in 2016), replaced by Stephen Crabb.
A march around Parliament by an estimated 40,000 people to highlight ‘Climate Change’, and Direct Action shuts down Coryton Oil Refinery which supplies products to London.
A busy section covering this distressing issue spanning four years. The first year anniversary of the Dale Farm evictions. Residents being evicted from an estate in north London owned by the Metropolitan Police force. A failed attempt to evict a pregnant Mother in Kilburn. A vulnerable man forced to live in unacceptable conditions the local authority condemns, but his landlords response is to hand him a notice to vacate and then evicts him, making him homeless while the local authority then deny any responsibility. The ‘Anti-Social Centre in London is an occupied building offering space to people across the community, threatened with eviction its occupants make an unexpected move. A former military estate for soldiers in north London housing over 160 families, now housing a civilian population, many from the councils housing list. Now being cleared so that it can be redeveloped by a private consortium, while families are forced out, many far from their work places and children from their schools. Furthermore 63 families facing eviction as their cheap rent homes are sold to a private developer and they receive notices to quit.
Opposition to the ‘Health and Social Care Bill’, which aims to break up the NHS England and hand over the provision of services to private companies, takes the form of blocking Westminster bridge. A group of protesters take over a Virgin store in Oxford Street, London to protest over plans for Richard Bransons company to take over parts of NHS services.
Six London boroughs along with the Met Police introduce laws to make rough sleeping and begging a crime. Rough sleeping has increased alarmingly, and the human cost is clearly visible.
Two films in this category are about the Focus E15 Mothers campaign and their support of local people in Newham, another of many areas in London being developed (or gentrified) in an attempt at what the campaigners say is social cleansing. The fight is to keep people in Newham and not rehoused outside the borough amongst other things. Another entry includes Focus E15 in a supporting role for Families moved out of Waltham Forest in to ‘temporary’ accommodation in Welwyn Garden City, miles from family, work, schools and support services.
Four stories concerning the Olympics in 2012. From workers rights to the local communities affected by the event and developments involved.
Domestic energy protest in the form of ‘Fuel Poverty’ protest outside one of the ‘big six’ energy companies and the serious concerns raised by release of previous years total deaths related to fuel poverty.
In the U.K attempts to undermine unions and their ability to fight for ordinary people have been seriously eroded by successive governments. Here are five films to demonstrate what some are doing to speak up for their members interests despite the anti union atmosphere.
Protests against cuts to public services whilst bankers get their bonuses after having caused the financial crises in the U.K. Companies that don’t pay tax that would help wipe out the need for many public spending cuts. The rich benefiting at the expense of the rest.
The areas of public spending that has received the biggest hits financially. Hitting those unable to fight back, those that are poorly represented in the media. The suffering and hardship caused is measured in the lives and health of many tens of thousands, if not many more. Again it is those with little, or no influence who are targeted by ‘sadistic’ politicians determined to push back society to a time when there were no safeguards and safety nets, while politicians award themselves 11% pay increases way above inflation and deny others any increases.
Five films covering the contentious issue of workfare, or mandatory work experience. Benefit claimants are forced to work as unpaid labour, or lose entitlement to state benefits by means of sanctions, lasting from 3 weeks up to 3 years. Companies and charities are involved in this delivery of forced labour, even though for many it contradicts their own claims to work towards the benefits of the under privileged. Concerns further highlight the way these schemes undermine the pay and conditions of those in work. The only real benefit it would appear is that the use of these schemes helps to artificially reduce the unemployment statistics, without providing real, lasting employment.