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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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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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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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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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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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9 March 2016

A chance for the trade unions to lead the EU referendum debate

The majority of trade unions support the idea of a so-called 'social Europe', but have often opposed, at least on paper, the reality of EU policies

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9 March 2016

Benefit fraud: 85% of allegations untrue

Over 85% of allegations of benefit fraud between 2010 and 2015 were false.

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2 December 2015

Letters

Do you have something to say? Anti-welfare propaganda, state school parents asked to pay for teachers, rail bosses' wages, and the power of effective opposition.

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18 November 2015

The end of social housing? How can we solve the housing crisis?

The cat is out of the bag. As the Financial Times reported: "Chancellor George Osborne is considering a radical multibillion-pound plan to privatise the government's stake in housing associations".

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21 October 2015

Former war hero fighting for the future: a pensioner speaks out

Older people are hard hit by the bosses' cuts and sell-offs. Sue Powell spoke to Claude Mickleson, National Pensioners Convention activist and member of Gloucestershire Socialist Party.

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1 July 2015

The corporate welfare state

Chancellor Osborne's savage attack on welfare benefits has been accompanied by accusing low-income families of a 'something-for-nothing' culture. But how then does the government explain the 'corporate welfare bill'?

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27 May 2015

Tories have nothing in common with blue collar workers

As a 'blue collar factory worker' I won't be fooled by David Cameron's mantra that his new cabinet stands as the "real party for working people"

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Stop the cuts!

Stop the cuts!

10 December 2014

Osborne's savage cuts: No return to the 1930s!

The Tories plan to send us back to the 1930s. The Office for Budget Responsibility said public spending levels will be thrown back 80 years if Osborne's Autumn Statement plans are implemented

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22 October 2013

How civil servants should fight government attacks on welfare

The PCS union has been criticised on Twitter for not fighting attacks on welfare by simply refusing to implement them. John McInally responds.

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10 July 2013

Privileged perks for Kate and Wills... Maternity cuts for us!

The Finland government has generously sent Kate and Wills one of the maternity 'boxes' given to all expectant mothers in Finland since the 1930s, writes Suzanne Beishon

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10 April 2013

Tories and press use Philpott case to attack 'welfare culture'

An advice worker explains what life on benefits is really like..

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Speaking at the rally, photo Becky Davies

21 January 2013

Stop attacking benefit claimants, says Cardiff demo

Nearly a hundred people braved the cold on Saturday 12 January in Cardiff to protest against attempts to scapegoat benefit claimants

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John McInally, national vice-president of the PCS, photo Paul Mattsson

8 October 2012

'Millions crying out for leadership and for an alternative'

Thousands of people demonstrated against the Con-Dem government as the Tory party conference started in Birmingham on Sunday. Vice president of the PCS union, John McInally, spoke at the demo rally

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Lone parents need decent wages and benefits, photo Paul Mattsson

Lone parents need decent wages and benefits, photo Paul Mattsson

27 June 2012

Government of rich ups war on welfare state

Cuts are now predicted to last to 2020. But Prime Minister David Cameron's speech on Monday 25 June mapped out the depth of that on-going suffering. The speech included little detail but spells out misery...

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20 July 2011

Legal Aid Bill - Access to justice is under attack

For those of us working in legal aid, the initial government Green Paper - Proposals for the Reform of Legal Aid in England and Wales - heralded a massive attack not only on our jobs, but also our clients, the welfare state and the principle of justice, writes Paul Heron.

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