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21 June 2017

"Austerity hurts and the only alternative is socialism"

Why I joined the Socialist Party: After my partner died and I became a single parent to a grieving child, all of my benefits were stopped

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12 April 2017

Thousands left with 50p for rent - cap rents, not benefits

Tory caps on housing benefits have left thousands of families with only 50p a week for rent.

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1 March 2017

Tories to dodge rulings against disability benefit cut

Despite two tribunals ruling that the Department for Work and Pensions should expand the reach of the 'personal independence payment' (PIP) disability benefit, the government is bringing emergency legislation to stop it.

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1 March 2017

Fight like Poplar's women councillors to change the lives of family carers

Even in the heyday of the welfare state, parents of disabled children received little help, understanding or support. The Tories want to drive us back to the days when family care was the norm

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22 February 2017

30% of people on inadequate incomes in UK

19 million people in the UK - nearly 30% of the population - live below the 'minimum income standard' (MIS) and "are just about managing at best," according to a recent report by the poverty think-tank Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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11 February 2017

60 Years After Beveridge Welfare reform - back to the future?

THE BEVERIDGE Report advocated full employment and the creation of a welfare state. It was 1942 and the second world war had raised workers' expectations of a better future. Thousands had died and those

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8 February 2017

Universal basic income - what do socialists say?

The idea of welfare benefits being replaced by a 'universal basic income' (UBI) has resurfaced in recent years - a welcome discussion because it raises the fundamental right of everyone to have an income that meets their basic needs. Exact proposals vary but they are all based on the idea of everyone in society receiving an unconditional, tax-free, regular payment, regardless of whether they are working or the composition of their household.

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1 February 2017

Leicester: libraries fightback

Like other Labour-controlled local authorities, Leicester City Council is in the process of doing the Tories' bidding by destroying our city's public services.

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7 December 2016

Food banks and the real Daniel Blakes

Hundreds of thousands of people are surviving and feeding themselves by using foodbanks in Britain today

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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

Court win against bedroom tax not enough

Top judges have ruled against part of the Tories' hated 'bedroom tax' benefit cap.

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16 November 2016

Trump victory: Failure of the Democrat establishment

Working people, minorities and women must fight back: Following Donald Trump's presidential victory we publish an analysis by Socialist Alternative (SA), our co-thinkers in the US, written by Philip Locker and Tom Crean.

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10 November 2016

USA: We need mass resistance to Trump and a new party of the 99%

Trump will bring chaos and provocations which will impel millions into defensive actions. Only socialist policies can ensure their victory.

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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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26 October 2016

"We are all Daniel Blake!"

The new Ken Loach film "I, Daniel Blake" premiered at a cinema at Leicester Square, London, on 18 October. The film is about the hard life the main character, Daniel Blake, faces when he needs to access the benefit system after his health deteriorates.

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14 September 2016

Students and workers unite to cut rents

Student housing crisis: It's no secret that house prices and living costs are unaffordable for most working class people. It's also no secret that students have been hammered by successive governments, which have increased tuition fees and axed maintenance grants.

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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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29 June 2016

Old v young is a phoney war - the enemy is the 1%

Contrary to the exertions of many commentators when courting the young, pensioners are not gaining any advantages over other sections of the population.

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29 June 2016

United working class resistance can cut across racism

The appalling racist abuse and physical attacks reported since the EU referendum must be condemned and opposed.

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22 June 2016

148,000 households faced risk of eviction

Over the last 12 months, housing charity Shelter found 148,000 households at risk of eviction.

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