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From: The Socialist issue 1040, 1 May 2019: Valentine victory: School strike beats council cuts

Search site for keywords: Universal Credit - Minimum wage - Cuts - Children - Benefits

Universal Credit disaster behind foodbank rise

Foodbank use is up, photo Leo Saumure Jr (Creative Commons)

Foodbank use is up, photo Leo Saumure Jr (Creative Commons)   (Click to enlarge)

Universal Credit is being blamed for the record rise in the use of foodbanks as families required them to provide 14 million meals in the last 12 months.

Over 1.5 million food packages were handed out in the year up to April 2019, a rise of 20%, with over half a million going to children.

At the same time, the Tories have given the rich nearly 20 billion a year in cuts to Corporation Tax alone!

Universal Credit must be scrapped and replaced with benefits that provide enough to live - paid to all those who need them. And there should be investment in a mass scheme of job creation - providing decent jobs to working-class people, with a minimum wage of at least 10 an hour.

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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.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
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  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
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