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From The Socialist newspaper, 30 November 2016
Them & Us: Autumn Statement special!
Them and us fishes, photo Suzanne Beishon (Click to enlarge)
Rise in over-25 minimum wage
+30p an hour - not even enough to hit the Tories' pathetic target of £9 an hour by 2020
Projected cut in low-paid income due to slowdown
-40p an hour (Resolution Foundation)
'Work allowances' benefit cut reversal
+£700 million, reducing 'taper rate' cut from 65p to 63p a pound (IPPR)
Overall 'Universal Credit' benefit cuts
-£3 billion (IPPR)
Housing Act: 'pay to stay' for social tenants
Dropped - unless you're already earning above an earlier threshold
Housing Act: effect on council homes
Up to 200,000 council homes will go
Investment in 'affordable' homes priced at 80% of market rate
£1.4 billion, for 40,000 (un)affordable homes
Increase in council home construction
Letting agent fees
To be banned in England
Schedule for introducing ban
Total big business tax giveaways
£8.5 billion (GMB)
'Just about managing' income
£2,500 a year less by 2020 (Policy in Practice)
Extra investment for business
New investment for the NHS
Highest on record - £103 billion in the third quarter of 2016 (ONS)
Below 2008 levels for at least the next five years (IFS)
Number of billionaires
Highest on record - 120 in the UK (Sunday Times Rich List 2016)
Workers in poverty
Six million earn below the Living Wage (KPMG 2015), seven million are in insecure employment (Guardian 2016)
2017 growth forecast
Reduction in growth forecast
-36% (March forecast was 2.2%)
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In The Socialist 30 November 2016:
Fight for workers' democracy in Cuba
Socialist Party news and analysis
Time to fight low pay
Hands off our NHS!
Hunger strikes, suicides - end detention now
Women bear 85% of benefit cuts
Fight to make letting agent fee ban reality
Hospital admissions for malnutrition rise threefold
Them & Us: Autumn Statement special!
What We Saw
What we think
Brexit spin: demand a real workers' exit
The housing crisis - a toxic issue for the Tories
Homelessness - capitalism is destroying people's lives
Fight the cuts - victims of domestic abuse depend on it
Workplace news and analysis
London Crossrail workers walk out
Durham teaching assistants determined to win
Strike action across London and South East rail network
Protest to demand pay rise for Sheffield
Young workers in Leeds socialise and mobilise at Unison young workers gig
The fight in Labour
Support the campaign to readmit expelled trade union militants
Conference to debate TUSC's role now and the 2017 elections
Labour Party branch votes for reselection
Southampton Labour councillors vote through more cuts
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Sheffield for sale!
Hands off HRI charts way forward
Reclaim the Night solidarity march
Repeal the 8th protest for abortion rights
Leicester playground protest
Socialist readers' comments and reviews
Readmit expelled socialists: a proven record of fighting back
The Socialist Inbox
International socialist news and analysis
Spain: militant struggle by Students Union succeeds
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