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From The Socialist newspaper, 12 December 2018

Universal Credit Christmas misery

Cut tax scroungers, not benefits, photo Socialist Party Wales

Cut tax scroungers, not benefits, photo Socialist Party Wales   (Click to enlarge)

The shocking effects of Universal Credit have been revealed by the ordeal faced by one mother this Christmas. Speaking to the Mirror, she explained she has resorted to putting free sugar sachets in her little girl's stocking after the switch to Universal Credit left her barely able to cope. She hopes she will be able to get hold of a branch to use as a Christmas tree.

She said: "I look out of the window and envy people with cars who are going out, going to the cinema, affording haircuts and new clothes while I struggle to get food every day. Thank you Universal Credit for the extra sadness and pain and hurt."

Under pressure, the Tories have had to make some concessions and delay the full roll-out (for existing claimants), but we should demand the complete scrapping of Universal Credit and its replacement not with the old benefits system, but with welfare which guarantees everyone a decent standard of living.

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In The Socialist 12 December 2018:


What we think

Tory chaos reaches fever pitch


News

National Union of Students faces bankruptcy

Tories' NHS cash insult - mass action can save our NHS

Cuts and NHS crisis result in 'excess' elderly deaths

Corbyn supporter wins Welsh Labour leadership

Worldwide threat to journalists at worst for ten years

Interserve debts

Universal Credit Christmas misery


Workplace news

Tommy Robinson's rich backers

Strike action saves jobs at Cammell Laird shipyard

Select Chris Baugh as Left Unity AGS candidate

Spontaneous hull walkouts stick two fingers up at Tory anti-trade union laws

Hull council workers fight to protect sick pay

Veolia waste workers vote for action in Cheshire

Workplace news in brief


France

France in revolt


John Maclean

John Maclean - revolutionary fighter of the working class


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Women's Lives Matter national meeting - a determination to fight cuts to domestic violence services

'Stansted 15' - outrageous guilty verdict

Socialist Students LJMU victory

Jobs and homes not racism - kick the Tories out!

Give us a bumper Christmas cash boost!


TUSC

New twist in Derby TUSC election agent case


Obituary

Obituary - Beth Roper (1990-2018) - comrade, friend and fighter


Christmas Quiz

The Socialist quiz of 2018


 

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