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The Socialist 6 December 2017

NHS campaigns stop closures!

The Socialist issue 974

Glenfield victory shows people power can save our NHS

Tyneside walk-in closures postponed after rally


Nationalise rail now

End Tory war on poor

Rough sleeping crisis: make homes, not arrests

Royal wedding exposes them-and-us visa system

RBS to sack 1,000: nationalise the banks

Branson sues NHS: kick out the profiteers


Fighting sexism, violence and capitalism - an international struggle


Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

Labour council Blairites deselected


Demonstrations by uni students and staff greet Bath vice-chancellor resignation

Liverpool John Moores Uni landslide for Socialist Students

TUSC conference to debate 2018 elections

Plans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

Coventry Socialist sales hit 1,000

Waltham Forest Universal Credit protest

Court maintains injunction against fracking protesters


Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike hits all the right notes

Blairite horror and Labour's divisions graphically exposed

Comment: Socialism and truth about Zane

The Socialist Inbox


PCS Left Unity celebrates 40th anniversary at annual conference

Brutal rail privateer Abellio takes over Midlands rail services

School staff strike against privatisation

Driving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

BT pensions review - oppose the attacks on the pension schemes

Arriva bus strikers stand firm


Irish capitalist state: rotten to the core

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

Trump's tax plan: Robin Hood in reverse

 
 
 
 
 

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  • 14m in poverty in Britain
  • May's social mobility team quits

End Tory war on poor

Four million kids live in poverty, photo Bridget Coila (Creative Commons)

Four million kids live in poverty, photo Bridget Coila (Creative Commons)   (Click to enlarge)

Laurel Fogarty

Just weeks after Chancellor Phillip Hammond boasted that Tory MPs had never had it so good, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published an explosive report showing the rest of us are suffering through the first sustained rise in child and pensioner poverty for 20 years.

The report showed that 14 million people in the UK - over 20% of the population - are living below the poverty line, struggling to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.

This figure includes four million children now living below the poverty line in households that cannot meet their basic needs. These children are less likely to do well at school and more likely to suffer from health problems compared to their richer counterparts, pushing them into a cycle of poverty that spans generations.

Even for those in work, the report shows that insecure and poorly paid employment does not keep people out of poverty.

Despite Tory lies, eight million people in poverty live in families where at least one person is in work. One in eight workers - 3.7 million people - are living pay cheque to pay cheque, spending most of their income on extortionate rents.

The fight for an end to zero-hour contracts and for a real living wage is more crucial than ever. While workers make huge profits for the bosses, our families are falling into poverty.

Theresa May's desperate empty promise to tackle society's "burning injustices" is now embarrassing even Tory advisers. Her entire 'social mobility' team has quit over the government's lack of action

As the Tories forge ahead with cuts to benefits alongside the disastrous Universal Credit programme, they are forcing millions more into poverty, debt and homelessness.

This cruel government has limped on for long enough. Its political agenda of austerity and privatisation has contributed to the deaths of over 120,000 people.

The Tories - aided in many cases by the Blairites - have committed what the researchers who produced that figure have called "economic murder." They have forced children into poverty, the effects of which will follow these young people throughout their lives.

The power to bring this government to its knees lies with workers. We must fight for coordinated strikes to bring down the Tories, and for democratic workers' control of the economy. Socialist policies can reverse the shameful rise in poverty shown in this report.


In this issue


NHS

Glenfield victory shows people power can save our NHS

Tyneside walk-in closures postponed after rally


Socialist Party news and analysis

Nationalise rail now

End Tory war on poor

Rough sleeping crisis: make homes, not arrests

Royal wedding exposes them-and-us visa system

RBS to sack 1,000: nationalise the banks

Branson sues NHS: kick out the profiteers


Women

Fighting sexism, violence and capitalism - an international struggle


What we think

Corbyn's Labour can defeat Tories with socialist programme

Labour council Blairites deselected


Socialist Students

Demonstrations by uni students and staff greet Bath vice-chancellor resignation

Liverpool John Moores Uni landslide for Socialist Students

TUSC conference to debate 2018 elections

Plans to launch no-cuts campaign at Kirklees College

Coventry Socialist sales hit 1,000

Waltham Forest Universal Credit protest

Court maintains injunction against fracking protesters


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

Dramatic retelling of Grunwick strike hits all the right notes

Blairite horror and Labour's divisions graphically exposed

Comment: Socialism and truth about Zane

The Socialist Inbox


Workplace news and analysis

PCS Left Unity celebrates 40th anniversary at annual conference

Brutal rail privateer Abellio takes over Midlands rail services

School staff strike against privatisation

Driving examiners walkout hits first day of new test

BT pensions review - oppose the attacks on the pension schemes

Arriva bus strikers stand firm


International socialist news and analysis

Irish capitalist state: rotten to the core

Mobilise to stop bigoted billionaire Donald Trump's state visit to Britain

Trump's tax plan: Robin Hood in reverse


 

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