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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

Education: fightback needed

Teaching unions must call coordinated national action: Education policy stands at something of a crossroads and the new academic year will be a significant one.

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13 July 2016

Child poverty rises by 200,000 in a year

In the space of just one year, 2014 to 2015, the number of children living in poverty in the UK has risen by a staggering 200,000. This brings the total number to 3.9 million, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

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24 February 2016

Save Derbyshire children's centres

The Labour-controlled county council has announced that 32 of Derbyshire's 51 children's centres are to close this year, with up to 200 redundancies - their most vicious assault on workers yet in the 157 million cuts they're making.

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9 September 2015

Children suffer as the cuts deepen

Are schoolchildren getting more badly behaved? If so, why?

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19 August 2015

Kids Company closure

The failure of David Cameron's 'big society': On 7 August Kids Company, a charity providing care for vulnerable children, closed its doors for the last time.

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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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29 October 2014

Them & Us

Unsocial media: Chancellor George Osborne told a bemused Tory audience at their recent conference that the government is cracking down on aggressive corporate tax avoidance

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22 October 2014

Where's our recovery?

Tory triumphalism over rising employment masks the misery of millions of working class people in low pay Britain

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11 June 2014

Them & Us

PFI profit machine: Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes in the NHS, schools, councils, etc, are notorious for being a gigantic rip-off of the public purse

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4 June 2014

Children handed poverty "life sentence"

Five million children condemned to poverty by 2020. This is the stark reality for low-income families in Britain

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23 October 2013

Government policies - 'deeply divisive'

The government's social mobility Tsar - former Labour health secretary Alan Milburn - appeared to be off message when his Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission published its first 'state of the nation' report

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27 February 2013

Them & Us

Bully-don Club: Oxford University's notorious hell-raising Bullingdon Club - whose alumni include David Cameron and Boris Johnson - retains its vile upper class prejudices...

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21 January 2013

How to end child poverty in Plymouth

In Plymouth the Labour administration has launched a consultation on ending child poverty. Members of Plymouth Socialist Party branch have been frustrated to see that the only solutions offered within...

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Kick out the Con-Dems: on the TUC demo 20 October 2012, photo by Senan

Kick out the Con-Dems: on the TUC demo 20 October 2012, photo by Senan

31 October 2012

Tory cuts will increase child poverty

Iain Duncan Smith, Tory minister for work and pensions, has again revealed the clear class warfare at the heart of the coalition government's policies, writes Alex Davidson.

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Campaigns are taking place across Britain to save children's services, photo  Socialist Party

Campaigns are taking place across Britain to save children's services, photo Socialist Party

24 October 2012

Birmingham: cuts put children at risk

Birmingham's social services are in the spotlight once again. Ofsted has slammed Birmingham City Council, rating the quality of their care of vulnerable children as 'inadequate'

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20 June 2012

The child poverty mirage

Many people may have been pleasantly surprised recently to see in newspaper headlines that "child poverty is down"...

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Sure Start protest in Manchester, photo Hugh Caffrey

6 February 2012

Manchester Sure Starts saved!

All 39 Sure Start centres in Manchester have been saved following a mammoth year-long battle by parents and staff against the council

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13 October 2011

Greenwich Unite criticises privatisation of welfare services

In light of recent figures on unemployment and child poverty, Greenwich Unite has slammed Greenwich council for failing to reconsider the decision to privatise and effectively kill off the Welfare Rights Service

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12 October 2011

Con-Dems' policies increase poverty

Living standards are set to fall and poverty will massively increase in the coming years as a result of the coalition government's tax and benefit counter-reforms, writes Dave Carr.

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