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28 June 2017

Benefit cap defeat for government

A court challenge was won on 22 June against the enforcement of the benefit cap for people with children under two years old

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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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14 June 2017

Low-paid work till lunch to make rent

The average low-waged worker gives nearly half of every day's pay straight to private landlords, housing charity Shelter's new statistics have revealed, writes Laurel Fogarty.

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31 May 2017

The Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Vote Corbyn; Manchester bombing witnesses; Clarke v Corbyn; dementia tax.

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31 May 2017

Women and austerity - scrap the 'rape clause'

In Yorkshire, Socialist Party members have been organising with others under the banner of 'Women's Lives Matter'

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10 May 2017

What we saw

Some permanent degenerative medical conditions "do get better," according to one Tory MP

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3 May 2017

Beyond the crisis point: saving social care

It is not difficult to see why the chair of the National Care Association says "we are now beyond the crisis point"

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26 April 2017

PCS Left Unity says get rid of the Tories!

Theresa May's calling of a snap general election on the pretext of needing a mandate on Brexit is a sham. However, the election campaign gives an opportunity to expose and oppose her government's austerity programme and to get rid of the Tories.

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26 April 2017

Benefit bullies

A man with chronic health problems died after the hated 'work capability assessment' found him 'fit to work'

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19 April 2017

Benefits workers oppose 'rape clause' and two-child limit

The prospect of explaining this inhumane process to women who have already experienced horrific trauma is unacceptable

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19 April 2017

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Cutters get half a billion; care cut by 142 a person. 15 million payday for health secretary; 500 ambulances turned back from A&Es

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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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12 April 2017

Scrap the Tory 'rape clause' and all benefit attacks

Changes to child tax credits and the 'Universal Credit' benefit system will mean that people making a new claim from 6 April will have the number of children they can claim for capped at two. One exception to this is if the third child was born as a result of what the government calls "non-consensual conception."

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12 April 2017

PCS protest

50 PCS members walked out of the DWP administrative site at Annesley, Nottinghamshire for a lunchtime protest on 7 April.

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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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12 April 2017

Cuts leave schools unable to meet basic needs

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has proposed to fund free school meals for all primary school children by adding VAT tax on private education fees.

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5 April 2017

Financial hardship facing millions of cancer sufferers

Finding out one has cancer is worrying enough. Treatment is often an ordeal. Facing financial hardship and insecurity as a result adds enormously to the anxiety many experience.

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5 April 2017

What would a socialist food industry look like?

How to feed the world? That is a question that capitalism has never been able to solve, with one-third of the world's total population suffering malnutrition. Even in the economically advanced capitalist countries like Britain growing numbers are reliant on food banks.

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5 April 2017

Fight Tories' callous cuts pushing 200,000 more kids into poverty

A raft of callous Tory measures starting on 6 April will push another 200,000 kids below the breadline, according to the Child Poverty Action Group.

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29 March 2017

Universal Credit is making the housing crisis worse

The roll-out of the 'Universal Credit' benefits system seems to be making an already desperate social housing situation a whole lot worse

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