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From The Socialist newspaper, 18 September 2013
Lock up the tax evaders
The director of public prosecutions, Kier Starmer QC, has announced that you could now be locked up for ten years for benefit fraud.
This vicious threat is part of the anti-welfare propaganda barrage that has led to people thinking, on average, that 27% of benefit is claimed fraudulently. The real figure is 0.7%.
In fact, money lost to benefit fraud is tiny compared to the benefit money that goes unclaimed, leaving many in increased poverty. Yet Starmer says such fraud should be at the 'forefront of lawyers' minds'.
Putting the £120 billion annual tax evasion and avoidance, largely by the rich, to the fore would certainly be a greater source of money. But then the biggest tax avoiders can afford the best lawyers.
Labour faces both ways - again!
Labour has refused to pledge to scrap the bedroom tax - and told off anyone that says it will.
After their Scottish welfare representative said that a Labour UK government would abolish it, a Westminster Labour spokesperson replied: "It goes against what we are saying - we haven't made that pledge to date."
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In The Socialist 18 September 2013:
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Ban this trade in death
Lock up the tax evaders
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Socialist Party youth feature
Anger at zero-hour contracts in universities
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Second seven-day strike at Hovis
Warrington town hall unions lobby councillors
Strikes force One Housing Group into talks
Bus strike against pay freeze
Workplace news in brief
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Lively demo against cuts at Whipps Cross hospital
TUSC campaigners look to shake Fleetwood
Scotland: Bedroom tax close to death
Wolverhampton councillors slash jobs
Overwhelming opposition stuns Hull council
Leicester council feels the pressure
One week left to smash fighting fund target!
The Socialist: Swansea achieves subscription goal
International socialist news and analysis
Commonwealth governments' meeting: Protest against despot Rajapaksa
Kazakhstan: Jailed activist awarded human rights prize
Oppositionists condemn murderous Iran regime
Socialist Party comments and reviews
TV review: Vietnam's 'children of Agent Orange'
Labour backs austerity...
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