We were joined at Bridlington beach to make this incredible 184 metre sand drawing by families who rely on universal credit. The beach art was made to appeal to the chancellor Rishi Sunak to cancel the proposed cut to universal credit, which will reduce the money available to each of these families by £20 per week.
The families wrote messages inside the letters of the sand art to express what the cut will mean to them. Whilst for many of us £20 might be a fraction of what we spend on a day at the beach and for treats for our family such as ice creams and trips to the funfair, for some this could mean going without food and heating and not being able to pay bills that month.
We were joined by drummers who created a really fun atmosphere to get our message across. The sand drawing went out across social media to try and raise support for cancelling the cut.
For some of the children it was their first trip to the seaside. The event was organised by Unite the Union and the Derbyshire Unemployed Workers’ Centres (DUWC), with support from Chesterfield food bank Gussie’s Kitchen and Chesterfield Borough Council’s Labour group.