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13 December 2017

Two in five 'right to buy' homes now for let

Scrap Thatcher's right to buy: Over 40% of ex-council houses sold under Thatcher's 'right to buy' scheme are now part of the private rental sector, according to Inside Housing.

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6 December 2017

Driving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

PCS members at Wakefield Driving Test Centre began two days of strike action on 4 December against attacks on their terms and conditions of work as part of a national dispute

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6 December 2017

Waltham Forest Universal Credit protest

Local MP Iain Duncan Smith devised the spiteful system, which has already left families in rent arrears and without benefits at Christmas time

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6 December 2017

End Tory war on poor

14 million people in the UK - over 20% of the population - are living below the poverty line

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22 November 2017

Disability cuts outrage: my story

I am a 49-year-old woman who has been managing the progressive disease multiple sclerosis for 19 years. Shame on Capita! Shame on the Tory government!

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8 November 2017

Child poverty set to hit 5.2m - unions and Corbyn must act now

Welfare cuts are set to make child poverty soar over the next five years to 5.2 million kids

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8 November 2017

Bosses say 217 years to close pay gap - workers' struggle can close it now!

This is the first time figures have shown the situation is going backwards

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25 October 2017

Universal Credit chaos: Tories punish the poor

The government seems hell-bent on rolling out Universal Credit, but even many of their own MPs don't agree - another fracture in this divided minority government

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18 October 2017

Young people being strangled by debts

Take the wealth off the super-rich - no to the Tories' scapegoating of pensioners!: Over a third of young people are in debt - on average by 2,989 - says the Money Advice Trust

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11 October 2017

Housing crisis: Corbyn's positive measures blanked by Labour's right

A standing ovation greeted Jeremy Corbin's pledges on housing at Labour's conference: to stop 'social cleansing' regeneration schemes and give residents a vote on regeneration proposals; to build more council homes and to control rents.

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11 October 2017

Major attacks 'Universal Credit', half a million more face poverty

Even John Major, the Tory former prime minister, thinks his party's 'Universal Credit' welfare system is wrong

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20 September 2017

Fight expansion of disastrous 'Universal Credit' welfare system

Nearly half of claimants in rent arrears: We campaign for an end to in-work poverty, a living wage for all workers, and living benefits without compulsion

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6 September 2017

UN slams Tories for disabled rights ruin

Reverse all the cuts now!: A damning UN report has criticised the government's attacks on disabled people in Britain. It states legislation has "failed to recognise living independently and being included in the community as a human right."

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30 August 2017

BT attack on pension benefits

For the second time in nine years BT is seeking to attack the pension benefits of its workers

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26 July 2017

Homelessness and evictions soar under the Tories

120,000 children are currently in temporary accommodation according to the Local Government Association (LGA)

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28 June 2017

Benefit cap defeat for government

A court challenge was won on 22 June against the enforcement of the benefit cap for people with children under two years old

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21 June 2017

"Austerity hurts and the only alternative is socialism"

Why I joined the Socialist Party: After my partner died and I became a single parent to a grieving child, all of my benefits were stopped

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14 June 2017

Low-paid work till lunch to make rent

The average low-waged worker gives nearly half of every day's pay straight to private landlords, housing charity Shelter's new statistics have revealed, writes Laurel Fogarty.

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31 May 2017

Women and austerity - scrap the 'rape clause'

In Yorkshire, Socialist Party members have been organising with others under the banner of 'Women's Lives Matter'

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10 May 2017

What we saw

Some permanent degenerative medical conditions "do get better," according to one Tory MP

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