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22 June 2016

148,000 households faced risk of eviction

Over the last 12 months, housing charity Shelter found 148,000 households at risk of eviction.

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15 June 2016

EU: busting the myths that Remain is best for the 99%

As we approach voting day for the EU referendum, panic has set in for the establishment and 'project fear' has been stepped up. The official campaigns on both sides have bandied about arguments full of lies and misrepresentations. We answer three key questions: Does the EU build international solidarity? Does the EU defend workers' rights? Does the EU keep the peace?

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8 June 2016

Pensioners fight ageist Tory cuts

The National Pensioners Convention (NPC) will hold its annual 'Pensioners' Parliament' from 14 to 16 June in Blackpool

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8 June 2016

Them & Us

Millionaire and former government minister Iain Duncan Smith claimed that cutting welfare payments and capping benefits would 'incentivise' unemployed people to find work - the Tory equivalent of a cattle prod

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1 June 2016

Jobseekers told: take three-hour commute

Getting a job in austerity Britain is not a guaranteed or easy thing. I am a recent university graduate, and have spent the past couple of months job hunting. I can see how hard it can be to get your foot in the door - then we have this ridiculous 'advice' from the DWP.

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25 May 2016

What we saw: 'I, Daniel Blake' and Hunt/'Thick of It' remix

Anti-cuts drama 'I, Daniel Blake' has won top gong at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Meanwhile, another filmmaker has mashed up a Jeremy Hunt interview with political satire 'The Tick of It'.

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6 April 2016

Stop divisive attacks on pensioners' cash

Iain Duncan Smith's resignation from the Department for Work and Pensions opened up another malevolent attack on pensioners.

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30 March 2016

Disabled activists shame tory cutters

Disabled people protested against Tory attacks on our benefits in parliament on 23 March, writes Amalia, disabled worker.

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23 March 2016

"As a carer, I am expected to pick up the slack"

Cuts that destroy vulnerable lives: "The feature 'Mental health - system in crisis' was excellent and highlighted very well the viewpoints of both a mental health worker and a service user. I thought it would good to add to the topic with the impact on carers and families."

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23 March 2016

Them & Us - budget special

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Osborne's 2016 them-and-us budget gives billions away to high earners and business, at the expense of millions of workers faced with yet more cuts.

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22 March 2016

Budget cuts resignation: Tories split - strike now!

Iain Duncan Smith's ministerial resignation has revealed everything that is rotten about the Tories. Now is the time to hit back.

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16 March 2016

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16 March 2016

Strike to fight cuts budget

Tory Chancellor George Osborne is introducing yet more severe spending cuts. Osborne justifies this new savagery because of a faltering economy.

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16 March 2016

Tories cut disabled dignity for tax breaks

Tory chancellor George Osborne plans to cut 1.2 billion from benefits which help disabled people live independently, writes Adrian Picton, Disabled worker.

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9 March 2016

Benefit fraud: 85% of allegations untrue

Over 85% of allegations of benefit fraud between 2010 and 2015 were false.

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9 March 2016

Life on Cameron's 'sink estates': "This is my home!"

In January, Tory prime minister David Cameron announced the government would bulldoze so-called sink estates to eradicate 'anti-social behaviour' and 'bad parenting'. A council house tenant challenges his caricature and explains what life on her estate is really like.

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2 March 2016

Credit calls

Phone lines for the Tories' new 'Universal Credit' reduced welfare system are not even free. Empty-handed benefit claimants must fork out between 12p and 45p every minute to discuss their cases.

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24 February 2016

Pensions strike by water workers in Warrington

United Utilities, a company with revenues of 1.7 billion and profits of 664 million in the last year, is attacking its workers' pensions.

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24 February 2016

'Benefit tourism' twaddle

The Tories have admitted they have no evidence to suggest workers from other countries come to Britain to claim benefits.

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13 January 2016

Them & Us

It's one law for them...: A High Court judge has ruled against the Tories' benefits cap. Strangely enough, it seems the "strongly worded" judgment has not brought an end to Tory attacks on the most vulnerable.

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