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From The Socialist newspaper, 10 February 2010
Vulnerable lose out on benefits
WHILE PRIVILEGED MPs and City fat cat bankers appear to have public funds coming out of their ears, millions of low paid workers are missing out on their entitlement to tax credits and housing benefit, amounting to a staggering £16 billion a year.
According to many charities, four out of five low paid workers (1.2 billion households) are failing to claim tax credits worth at least £38 a week and half of working households did not claim their entitlement to housing benefit worth an average of £37.60 a week.
In addition up to three million households are thought to be missing out on council tax benefits and 1.7 million pensioners are not claiming pensions credit.
In a letter to Work and Pensions secretary Yvette Cooper, 27 charities have demanded government action to ensure that those in greatest need get what they are entitled to.
Ms Cooper ought to know about claiming entitlements. Along with her partner, cabinet member Ed Balls MP, she 'flipped' the designation of their second home to three different properties within the space of two years 'entitling' her to £24,400.
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In The Socialist 10 February 2010:
Fight university cuts
Unison general secretary election
Fighting leadership needed in Unison - Nominate Roger Bannister for general secretary
Greenwich Unison backs victimised branch secretary
Socialist Party news and analysis
Preying on the living and dead
Waltham Forest: Campaigners score a victory
Fiddling MPs: Jail the whole lot of them!
Vulnerable lose out on benefits
Socialist Women: Fighting for equality through socialism
Socialist Party workplace news
Civil service strike ballot: Vote 'yes' for action
Boycotting the 2010 SATS in schools
Coventry youth workers' strike
Metaldyne workers strike
Stoke: Axiom workers in overtime ban
Saving jobs and services in Worcestershire
Workplace news in brief
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Hazel Blears must go
TUSC: Wellingborough socialists make a stand
PCS young members
PCS young members network conference
Bristol job centre workers fight transfer
Socialist Party feature
Trade unions in Britain - are they ready for the coming battles?
International socialist news and analysis
Northern Ireland: An agreement to cement division
Sri Lanka President Rajapakse removes his rival, Fonseka
Tamil Solidarity -: Successful northern conference
Trotskyism on trial
War and occupation
Armed forces: Release Lance-Corporal Joe Glenton
Trade union rights for service personnel
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