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Welfare rights / Benefits


8 July 2015

ESA under the cosh

The Tories intend to slash Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by almost 30 a week. ESA, which replaced incapacity benefit in 2008, is paid to disabled people or those too ill to work who have extra needs.

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8 July 2015

Stop hammering low-paid - 10 an hour now!

"David Cameron claims that he wants a high wage, low tax economy. If that's the case, he has a funny way of showing it," writes bakers' union BFAWU president Ian Hodson.

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8 July 2015

Migrants flee horrors created by capitalism

For the rich there are very few obstacles to migrating to Britain. It is altogether another story for the majority of those currently fleeing war, dictatorship and conflict in the Middle East and Africa.

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1 July 2015

The corporate welfare state

Chancellor Osborne's savage attack on welfare benefits has been accompanied by accusing low-income families of a 'something-for-nothing' culture. But how then does the government explain the 'corporate welfare bill'?

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1 July 2015

Osborne's budget cuts will devastate low-income households

The Tory chancellor's budget of 12 billion extra welfare spending cuts will have a terrible impact on low-income households.

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24 June 2015

Child poverty soars

By 2020, almost a quarter of UK children will lack the basic necessities needed to keep body and soul together.

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23 June 2015

Youth Fight Austerity!

Join the budget day protests on Wednesday 8th July! George Osborne isn't content with tripling tuition fees or closing down youth services. On 8 July he'll announce more cuts

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27 May 2015

Tories have nothing in common with blue collar workers

As a 'blue collar factory worker' I won't be fooled by David Cameron's mantra that his new cabinet stands as the "real party for working people"

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26 May 2015

Stop Tory welfare butchery

The Queen's Speech. A medieval pantomime of costumed caricatures like Black Rod, the royals and 'Rouge Dragon Pursuivant'. A fitting opening for the pantomime politics of the main parties. Fitting also for the medieval savagery they have in store for the working class

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20 May 2015

Labour leadership contest - appealing to big business

The Labour leadership contest begs the question: what is the point of the Labour Party?

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Cartoon Alan Hardman

20 May 2015

Build a movement to defeat the government's savagery

When Maggie Thatcher first spoke from the Downing Street steps she quoted Francis of Assisi, promising harmony and hope. Instead she ruled ruthlessly for the 1%. Cameron's promise to be a 'one nation' prime minister is a lie on the same scale

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photo Paul Mattsson

20 May 2015

Cut rents not benefits

Eleven thousand families were thrown out of their accommodation in the first three months of 2015. This is a 51% increase compared to six years ago. These evictions are due to excessive rents, coupled to low pay and to government benefit cuts

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photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson

13 May 2015

New Tory cuts: Hammering the poor

Champagne corks popped as Tory-backing hedge fund managers, corporate chiefs and super-rich elite, celebrated the election result

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30 April 2015

Why many class fighters won't vote Labour

In the Guardian on 22 April, Owen Jones said: "If you want to look in the eyes of those people pummelled by callous Tory policies, vote Labour - and be prepared to fight."

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15 April 2015

My life as a day centre worker

A Cardiff day care worker, and member of Unison, explains the demands of their important job, against a background of austerity cuts

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photo Paul Mattsson

8 April 2015

Low pay? No way!

Employers around the country - large and small, including the public sector - have created a culture of despair. Poverty pay means millions cannot afford the basics they need for a decent life

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7 April 2015

Immigration: Workers' unity needed

In election hustings Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidates will be asked what their attitude is to immigration. How should Socialist Party members respond?

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The planned cuts will hit disabled people and their carers, photo Paul Mattsson

1 April 2015

No cuts to welfare!

Brutal Tory axe to fall on poor: The Tories plan to savagely cut 12 billion from welfare benefits. This brutal axe will fall on disabled people and carers, among many low-income and vulnerable households

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1 April 2015

End punitive benefit sanctions now!

Darren, a Jobseeker's Allowance claimant from Leicester, has been sanctioned, without proper justification, following a new DWP pilot scheme involving daily signing at a Jobcentre. Darren explains what happened

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25 March 2015

2015 elections: Reject the austerity lies

Join the socialist fightback! The Socialist Party's central message in the 2015 elections is this: austerity is not necessary and there is an alternative - a socialist alternative

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