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From The Socialist newspaper, 31 January 2018
Majority of kids poor in some areas
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In parts of London and Greater Manchester you are now more likely to grow up poor than not.
The east London borough of Tower Hamlets has a 53% child poverty rate. In the Coldhurst ward of Oldham it's 62%, according to the End Child Poverty charity coalition.
More than two in five kids live in poverty in 25 parliamentary constituencies. Most are in the three largest urban areas: London, Birmingham and Greater Manchester - but there are patches across Britain.
It's obvious why. Cuts to wages and benefits while living costs rise.
Where does the money from those cuts and price hikes go? Here's a clue: last year Britain contained more billionaires than at any time in history. 134 billionaires, worth over £301 billion, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
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The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.
The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.
The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.
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In The Socialist 31 January 2018:
Save our NHS
NHS: use the 3 February protests as a launch pad for a mass movement
NHS we're ready to fight
Northern health campaigns conference discusses the fightback
8,000 strong petition opposes closure of Sheffield health services
Labour NHS rally reveals horrors but offers no way forward
Leicester NHS protest
Trump as Nixon: urgent questions about press freedom and the state
Capitalism v cricket
For workplace trade union organisation against sexual harassment
Presidents Club sexism scandal: what you thought
100 years since women won the vote
Socialist Party workplace news
Victory for Hackney school cleaners!
Local government workers' reps reject 2% pay offer
University workers' walkout for decent pensions
Supermarket's slash jobs - union fightback needed
Cammell Lairds strikers demand improved pay and conditions
Socialist Party news and analysis
Labour civil war re-erupts over Haringey regeneration project
Tory infighting escalates - workers' action can oust them
Failing academy chain strips school assets - end academisation!
Capitalists fear for their system at Davos
Majority of kids poor in some areas
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Fat cat vice chancellors schooled by Brum students
Confident London Socialist Party conference discusses key issues
Your newspaper fights with you: help fund it with May Day greetings
Bristol anti-cuts campaigners debate alternatives to the cuts
International socialist news and analysis
Stop the war on the Kurds
Sudan: Free Mohamed Satti
Vienna: 50,000 march against racism and austerity
The Socialist 31 January 2018 |
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