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8 February 2017

Canterbury Socialist Party attends 'I, Daniel Blake' film night

Socialist Party members recently organised a film night instead of our usual branch meeting - the film was 'I, Daniel Blake'. Beforehand we sold 17 copies of the Socialist outside the venue.

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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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10 August 2016

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including a massive boost for bosses pay and unclaimed benefits.

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30 March 2016

Disabled activists shame tory cutters

Disabled people protested against Tory attacks on our benefits in parliament on 23 March, writes Amalia, disabled worker.

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8 July 2015

ESA under the cosh

The Tories intend to slash Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by almost 30 a week. ESA, which replaced incapacity benefit in 2008, is paid to disabled people or those too ill to work who have extra needs.

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28 January 2015

Government welfare cuts: No to sanctions!

Millions in the UK are suffering the effects of unemployment. For many it's a daily struggle with a complicated bureaucracy, the effects of poverty and the countless rejections from job applications

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Disabled people and their families protest in central London against government spending cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Disabled people and their families protest in central London against government spending cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

5 November 2014

Cold, cruel cuts: Fight the Con-Dem attacks

The government onslaught of attacks on the sick, disabled and terminally ill looks set to increase rapidly. Tory Chancellor George Osborne wants to savagely cut Employment and Support Allowance. Some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people could see their income slashed by 30 a week

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5 November 2014

The Con-Dems' Machiavellian cuts

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), a replacement for Incapacity Benefit, was introduced in 2008 for paying benefits to those too ill to work or with a disability

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16 July 2014

Them & Us

Tough at the top: Poverty pay and the cost of living crisis are the big issues for many workers and their families. But for those at the top, life it seems couldn't be better

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13 November 2013

Benefit sanction figures expose Tory lies

On 6 November, the DWP issued figures for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) claimants sanctioned under new rules brought in from October last year, and last June, writes an advice centre worker.

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 Hardest Hit Protest: Disabled people and their families protest in central London against government spending cuts, photo Paul Mattsson

Hardest Hit Protest:, photo Paul Mattsson

23 January 2013

Changes to ESA: more attacks on disabled people

On 28 January changes to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) come into force that will see hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled people at risk of losing vital benefits, writes Matt Gordon, Bristol Socialist Party.

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13 June 2012

From pillar to post: reassessment for ESA

Last September I found myself on incapacity benefit. But just weeks later, the government's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) told me I had to re-apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)...

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25 January 2012

Welfare Reform Bill: Lords confusion exposes limits of campaigners' strategy

The House of Lords recently amended the government's Welfare Reform Bill to retain the three month qualifying period for claimants...

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18 January 2012

Welfare Reform Bill:- Lords compromise is no victory

On 11 January, the House of Lords rejected the Con-Dem coalition government's proposal in its misnamed welfare reform bill to limit the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) that is contribution-based for disabled and sick claimants to one year, a disabled activist writes.

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Half-Million strong TUC demo 26 March 2011, photo Dave Beale

Half-Million strong TUC demo 26 March 2011, photo Dave Beale

6 April 2011

Cuts wreck people's lives

Con-Dems declare war on essential services: Like an arrogant bully, the Tory/Lib Dem coalition is pushing ahead with many of its assaults on the lives of working class people...

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6 April 2011

Austerity measures take away the basics

Opened in 1983, Derbyshire Unemployed Workers' Centres, where I am training as an adviser, provide welfare rights and debt advice to some of Derbyshire's most deprived communities, writes Karen Seymour.

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