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26 July 2017

'Freedom riders' lobby against violent policing

Pensioners and disabled people from South Yorkshire Freedom Riders are to travel by coach to York on 31 July to lobby a police misconduct hearing

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19 April 2017

900 carers quit a day - nationalise social care now

Over 900 carers quit every day last year in England

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8 March 2017

Aristocrats to hold byelection for one of their 92 reps

There's a byelection coming up on 21 March. There are 27 candidates, all hereditary peers, all men, and all very rich.

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1 February 2017

Cumbria care home beds under threat

Cumbria county council has again published long discredited assertions to justify its attack on our care home system which will get rid of the majority of beds.

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25 January 2017

St Austell: STPs attacked

"My son was assessed four months ago but is still waiting for a carer," a mother told a packed consultation meeting - the St Austell leg of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan public relations tour

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14 December 2016

No to home seizures for care bills

Councils may start seizing the homes of elderly people after death to pay care bills. Ministers are also considering letting local authorities charge more council tax to cover them. Councils should instead fight for more funding, and for care to be nationalised.

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19 October 2016

Elderly care at crisis point

Councils and unions must combat the cuts: Over the past six years, the number of care homes has fallen by 1,500 to 16,600. Home care providers are not renewing council contracts. The number of elderly people receiving social care from their local council declined by a staggering 26% between 2010 and 2015.

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23 March 2016

Letters

Letters to the Socialist's editors. Rape, women and victim blaming; McDonnell boosts Blairite mayor; healthcare insurance headache; errors of the pro-EU left; global economy gripes.

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18 November 2015

Anger at care home closure

A facility called Oakdene, used by adults with learning difficulties, is in need of refurbishment. But the council is considering finding a new place for them by closing an elderly care home and moving the facility there instead!

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29 July 2015

Austerity measures cut social care provision

Millionaire health minister Jeremy Hunt has reneged on the Tories' election promise to cap social care costs for over 65s, writes Simon Carter.

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18 March 2015

Councillors do have a choice over cuts

Just weeks from the elections, council budget cuts are hammering communities and workers

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TUSC candidate Jacqui Berry, photo Senan

11 March 2015

Why we're standing for TUSC

Three TUSC prospective parliamentary candidates say why they're standing

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21 January 2015

Care home scandal: When profit comes first...

The privately run Parklands House care home in Rochdale was so bad that according to the Manchester Evening News: "Residents were seen sitting in soiled clothing, medication was left lying around and some patients were not receiving the right prescriptions."

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3 December 2014

Crown drops charges against protest pensioners

A protest planned outside Sheffield Magistrates Court is now partly a celebration. Cases against pensioners George Arthur and Tony Nuttall, the "freedom riders" arrested at Sheffield railway station, have been dropped

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9 July 2014

Emergency: Con-Dems don't care

Since 2010 spending on social care has fallen by 12% while the number of people in need of support has risen by 14%

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25 June 2014

'Freedom Riders' attacked by police

Around 60 of us had travelled together by train into Sheffield without paying as part of the continuing Freedom Ride campaign

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14 May 2014

Freedom Riders- action brings victory

South Yorkshire's Freedom Riders win a victory in campaign to get back travel concessions

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7 May 2014

Freedom riders on a storm

Elderly and disabled people in South Yorkshire are still catching trains and refusing to pay. We've now held five 'Freedom Ride' protests

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2 April 2014

Fare-refusal protest demands restored rail passes

Elderly and disabled people took part in Freedom Ride on 31st March, catching trains to Meadowhall

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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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