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Welfare rights / Benefits


30 November 2016

Women bear 85% of benefit cuts

Lift the benefit cap, end austerity: By 2020 women will have shouldered 85% of the burden of changes to the tax and benefits system, claims a new report. This highlights the disproportionate effect of austerity.

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23 November 2016

'Just about managing': 2,500 worse off by 2020

As profits for Tory toffs steadily climb, low-income working families will be left 2,543 worse off by 2020. Lift the benefit cap!

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16 November 2016

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including the real cost of NHS cuts, one member one vote, reformism and Tory hypocrisy.

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9 November 2016

Stop the 54,000 yearly maternity sackings

About 54,000 women a year are pushed out of their jobs within 12 months of returning from maternity leave - that's 11% - according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

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9 November 2016

Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Suez strife, Blake benefits and tax trouble.

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9 November 2016

Horror of health-wrecking toil for Polish migrants

I am working as an interpreter for the NHS. I see Poles in hospitals and clinics who have problems with health. There are thousands of cases and there is no way to describe everything that I see every day.

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2 November 2016

We are all Daniel Blake: no more deaths from benefit cuts

Thousands of people have died since the implementation of 'work capability assessments'. This is what the new Ken Loach film 'I, Daniel Blake' is all about. Enough is enough with this inhumane system!

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2 November 2016

LGBT people need militancy, not false 'allies' like David Cameron

David Cameron has won an award for being this year's best "ally" of the LGBT rights movement from website PinkNews. An 'ally'. Because during his time as prime minister, marriage equality became a thing. Never mind the real impact of his party.

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26 October 2016

Homeless sleeping rough: councils must build housing

Homeless charity St Mungo's has released a report detailing that many of its clients had been advised by councils to sleep rough before they could access services.

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26 October 2016

Jarrow March: an inspiring show of solidarity between workers and youth

Five years ago, marking the 75th anniversary of 200 unemployed workers marching from Jarrow to London, Youth Fight for Jobs followed in their footsteps

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12 October 2016

Attack on young people's health and social care: urgent fightback needed

Youth mental health crisis: unions must strike to fight cuts: Record numbers of children are ringing helpline Childline with suicidal thoughts.

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12 October 2016

Suicidal phone calls: fight to reverse tax credit cuts

Concentrix, a private US firm used by HM Revenue and Customs to cut tax credit payments, has been receiving suicidal calls from claimants - as a result of losing their payments thrusting them deeper into poverty.

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5 October 2016

Millions have less than 100 savings

How much is in your savings account? According to a new report published by the under-threat Money Advice Service, 44% of UK workers have savings of less than 100.

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14 September 2016

Socialist Party members join disability rights week of action

Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) called a week of action, 4-10 of September to coincide with the beginning of the Paralympic Games.

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14 September 2016

Benefit cap could shut 67% of women's refuges

The new Tory benefit cap could force two thirds of refuges to close, leaving women fleeing violence with nowhere to go.

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7 September 2016

Premium pay cuts are not just any cuts, they are M&S cuts

Marks & Spencer likes to claim that it's 'Your M&S' but since it only made a paltry 660 million profit in 2015, the company doesn't seem to have enough money to pay its staff a living wage.

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7 September 2016

London bailiff use soars by half

Bailiffs collected council tax debts from 19,212 London homes in 2015-16. This is 51% up on the year before, according to the Child Poverty Action Group and Z2K charities.

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31 August 2016

Over a million families in 'extreme problem debt'

1.6 million low-income families in 'extreme problem debt' - debt so crippling that it takes 40% of their total household income. Another 3.2 million households, that's one in eight, are struggling to manage their debt repayments, taking up 25% of income.

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10 August 2016

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including a massive boost for bosses pay and unclaimed benefits.

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25 July 2016

Sanctioned - a victim of government callousness

A job seeker sent the following account to the Socialist of his recent experience of having his benefits withdrawn.

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