The churches minister, Deacon Tracey Hume, and others have handcuff themselves to railings as a symbol of the binding restrictions that the current benefits system places on people.
The protest has been timed to coincide with the national release of the film “I, Daniel Blake”. The film by Ken Loach, deals with the true story of Daniel Blake as he faced issues of modern poverty and the harsh reality of benefit sanctions.
Revd Stephen Lindridge, Chair of the Newcastle upon Tyne Methodist District told Premier “It is not acceptable that people should be sanctioned for sometimes very simple reasons….In 2016 this should not be happening.”
Premier’s Northern Correspondent Ian Britton joined the protesters as they chained themselves to the fence.
You can also watch Deacon Tracey Hume in conversation with Premier’s Northern Correspondent Ian Britton.