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28 November 2018
New Tory Department for Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, of Windrush-scandal notoriety, hailed Universal Credit (UC) as a "tremendous force for good". It's been so good that in her constituency, food bank use went up by 87% in Hastings in the year following UC roll-out.
21 November 2018
"Fostering sector ripe for consolidation... fostering is a growth market..." These were the thoughts of the Financial Times back in 2013. Translation? Children going into care are seen as a profit opportunity by capitalist vultures.
7 November 2018
Private companies are making millions treating NHS patients in psychiatric hospitals that often fail to provide decent and safe care.
24 October 2018
You would think that Labour politicians would be in favour of running schools that meet children's needs, unpolluted by the pursuit of profit and accountable to the communities that uses them. Well, these values are not held by Blairites who are at odds with Corbyn's plans to scrap the semi-privatised academy schools system.
24 October 2018
The introduction of Universal Credit, under which families can lose £200 a month, has rightly provoked outrage
17 October 2018
If austerity is over, no-one told the Tory councillors of Devon County Council. Foster carers are to have their allowances cut by 30%.
19 September 2018
A quarter of a million families are bringing up children under the age of four in "non-decent" homes according to a recent report
12 September 2018
£10 an hour now Scrap benefit cuts: Four million children in the UK live in households unable to afford enough fruit, vegetables, fish and other essential food groups to meet government nutrition guidelines, says the Food Foundation.
5 September 2018
22% of 14-year-old girls are self-harming. They are more than twice as likely as boys - themselves at an unacceptable 9%
29 August 2018
Feed your child or heat the house; buy a school uniform or pay the electricity bill - these are the kinds of impossible choices faced by more and more working parents every day
20 June 2018
Recent reports show there is an increase in the number of suicides among refugees in the UK. The latest additions to that number are three teenage refugees from Eritrea who have taken their own lives in London.
30 May 2018
Fiction: Black River: Aberfan, Hillsborough, Grenfell. Names synonymous with warnings ignored, corners cut and the disregard capitalism has for working class lives.
25 May 2018
In a fantastic show of unity, campaigners from across the spectrum of local issues came together
23 May 2018
Recently work required me to complete online 'Prevent' training, supposed to help those who work with young people spot signs of "radicalisation."
16 May 2018
On 9 May, Socialist Party members who are part of the Save Our Square campaign in Walthamstow, east London, lobbied the annual general meeting of Capital & Regional (C&R)
11 April 2018
"My children have grey skin, poor teeth, poor hair, poor nails. They are thinner... when you see them with children of the same age who are from an affluent area, they just look tiny."
28 March 2018
"Theresa May, strong and stable, stole the food from the children's table!" chanted 60 or so protesters at the first protest in Liverpool against free school meals being scrapped, writes Hugh Caffrey Socialist Party North West, secretary.
28 March 2018
Like the NHS and council services, public state education in primary, secondary, special schools and colleges is facing a dire crisis
21 March 2018
Workers can beat NHS cuts and sell-offs: Estimates suggest up to 50,000 children and young people will be losing out on vital mental health attention
21 March 2018
Fight for full funding: This year, the government's April Fools' prank is one of the sickest yet. While MPs' basic salaries rise to £77,379, the Tories want to cut access to free school meals for a million children
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