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9 August 2017

End poverty pay for sleep-in care workers

Since the NHS began outsourcing care services to private companies and charities, wages and conditions for carers, support workers and healthcare assistants have been squeezed.

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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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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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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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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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8 March 2017

Struggling to care against a backcloth of cuts

The following is an account of years of struggle by parents of a disabled child to secure the proper resources to meet their daughter's needs. A situation made more difficult by draconian cuts in funding local services.

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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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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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7 December 2016

Workers can fight Uber-style care

A new, Uber-style care service has been launched in Britain.

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7 December 2016

Compensation disabled

An admin error robbed thousands of families with disabled kids of up to 4,400 a year

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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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12 October 2016

Fight to save care homes in Carlisle

Cumbria County Council is planning to close three care homes and replace them with another building which only has 60 beds instead of the current 117. Another four homes will be closed in West Cumbria. Only those suffering from dementia and the most complex needs will get a place. But what about respite care? What about family carers?

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24 August 2016

A day in the life of a call centre worker

"I am on a zero-hour contract with the promise of 16 hours if I am good"

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23 March 2016

"As a carer, I am expected to pick up the slack"

Cuts that destroy vulnerable lives: "The feature 'Mental health - system in crisis' was excellent and highlighted very well the viewpoints of both a mental health worker and a service user. I thought it would good to add to the topic with the impact on carers and families."

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23 March 2016

Academy failed me and other children with disabilities

I felt I had little support from the academy I attended, including an inconsistent level of care which did not meet any of my required needs.

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9 March 2016

Letters

Letters to the Socialist's editors. Responses to International Women's Day and comments on the left case for EU exit.

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20 January 2016

Gateshead carers oppose respite centre closures

For years Gateshead's Labour councillors have boasted they would always protect frontline services for the most vulnerable, writes Elaine Brunskill

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13 January 2016

Them & Us

It's one law for them...: A High Court judge has ruled against the Tories' benefits cap. Strangely enough, it seems the "strongly worded" judgment has not brought an end to Tory attacks on the most vulnerable.

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