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Mitie cleaning workers striking for decent pay on 21 January 2014, photo Neil Cafferky

23 April 2014

Hungry Britain: Fight for jobs and a living wage for all

One million people are now being fed by food banks. In an effort to cut across the horror and sympathy this figure generated, government sources have denounced the author, Trussell Trust charity

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17 April 2014

Food Bank use escalates

Nearly one million people now rely on food banks

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16 April 2014

Working on zero-hour contracts

At the Sports Direct (SD) store I work in, 90% of us are on zero-hour contracts. Before Christmas they were hiring so many people, every day there was someone new. Over 180 people were working in the store

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Housing emergency!

9 April 2014

Housing emergency

Cap rents not benefits - build quality council homes: My local area, the Labour-controlled south London borough of Lewisham, is no longer an affordable place to live, writes Chris Flood, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate in Lewisham.

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26 March 2014

Fight for a £10 an hour minimum wage

Under the Con-Dem government, households at every income level have had a fall in living standards, declared the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

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19 March 2014

Activists in the US demand $15 Now!

On 15 March a national day of action took place across the US as part of the 15 Now campaign for a $15 an hour minimum wage

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13 March 2014

Them & Us

Poverty safari: The idle rich used to go on big game safaris. Now it seems that 'poverty safaris' are all the rage

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5 March 2014

Fight the government's vicious sanctions regime

Experiencing the daily grind of poverty and fruitless job searches when you're out of work is very demoralising. But the Con-Dems go the extra mile

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5,000 people marched against the Welfare Reform Bill on 11 May 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

26 February 2014

'Welfare reform' - an avalanche of misery

"We must, as a society, face up to the fact that over half of people using foodbanks have been put in that situation by cutbacks to and failures in the benefit system, whether it be payment delays or punitive sanctions." These aren't the words of an opposition politician or an angry protester

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26 February 2014

End housing crisis: Rich landlords are real scroungers

Britain's richest MP, Tory Richard Benyon - 'worth' £110 million - has slammed benefits as "something for nothing". Yet who is living a life of luxury thanks to benefits? He is!

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Don't Cut Us Out campaigners, Chichester, 14.2.14

25 February 2014

Callous Tories slash care services

The Don't Cut Us Out group was set up to campaign to defend vulnerable people from council cuts

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Demo against Atos, St Helens, 19.2.14, photo H Caffrey

20 February 2014

Atos - not capable of assessing work capability

A day of action against Atos continuing in its role of assessing work capability took place on 19 February

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TUSC on the 28 March 2012 NUT London strike and demonstration, photo Socialist Party

29 January 2014

We need councillors who stand up for us

On Thursday 22 May a little bit of history will be made. Hundreds of working class people – some of them already organised socialists, but many of them ordinary workers, trade unionists, young people, members of their local communities – will stand before the electorate and ask for votes

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29 January 2014

Landlords, the real beneficiaries of benefits street

Channel Four's infamous Benefits Street 'documentary' has featured a squalid four-bedroom rented home that is so riddled with damp that water runs down the walls

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29 January 2014

Them and Us

Not giving Atos: Atos, the private company used by the government to conduct its work capability assessments of disabled welfare claimants, is notorious for accusations of harassing claimants

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22 January 2014

Benefits Street: A caricature of poverty

TV review: Channel 4's recent controversial "documentary" series, Benefits Street claimed to depict life for residents of poverty stricken James Turner Street in Winson Green, Birmingham

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15 January 2014

More attacks on further education funding

The government has withdrawn funding for students on level three and four further education courses

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15 January 2014

Pensioners are not economic 'joy riders'

Austerity: 'We're not being feather-bedded' I am not often driven to put pen to paper but the following headline, "Someone needs to fight the selfish, short-sighted old", on a recent Guardian article by ex-MP, ex-prisoner Chris Huhne did nothing for my blood pressure

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8 January 2014

Greedy landlords create housing hell

Fergus Wilson - one of Britain's largest private landlords - says he will not accept any more applicants who rely on housing benefit

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5 December 2013

Reactions to the Autumn Statement

Millionaire Osborne: 'The plan is working' - Working class people: 'Oh no it isn’t!' 400,000 people are using foodbanks, hundreds of thousands have lost their jobs and households are struggling under historic levels of debt. Only the super-rich could seriously think things are improving

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