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27 April 2020
On 24 April, civil servants at Paisley Jobcentre held an outdoors union meeting following an outbreak of Covid-19 in their office
17 April 2019
Hi. I'm Luke. I live alone and I'm on Universal Credit.
25 October 2017
Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors
18 October 2017
Theatre: We're Still Here: Under the threat of closure, the steel workers - but not the pensioners - were forced to vote for one of two options, either of which meant a cut in pensions. 'We're Still Here' dramatises the effect of this threat on the workers.
23 August 2017
More and more jobcentres are taking action against DWP office closures
26 July 2017
Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles including a job centre walkout in Sheffield and the UCU banned from a meeting in Teesside.
16 June 2017
Members of the PCS have been striking to save the Eastern Avenue Job Centre
31 May 2017
Staff at the Eastern Avenue Jobcentre are striking to save their jobs and continue providing the service in one of the poorest areas of Sheffield
5 April 2017
Finding out one has cancer is worrying enough. Treatment is often an ordeal. Facing financial hardship and insecurity as a result adds enormously to the anxiety many experience.
4 April 2017
Benefit sanctions punish people for being unemployed. That's why Unite Community - a trade union section for unemployed people - organised a national day of action against benefit sanctions on 30 March
28 February 2017
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced a proposed large-scale reduction of its office estate by 20%, including Jobcentres and back-of-house offices with a further reduction of 10% by office co-location.
15 February 2017
Reports from PCS campaigning in Llanelli and Sheffield
25 July 2016
A job seeker sent the following account to the Socialist of his recent experience of having his benefits withdrawn.
30 March 2016
'Universal Jobmatch' is a website jobseekers are encouraged to use to find work
2 September 2015
Tory work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been caught out totally making up quotes. Imaginary people subject to welfare sanctions - punishment by cutting benefits - say it actually helped them.
3 June 2015
A Jobseeker's Allowance claimant describes how she was subjected to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) draconian sanctions regime
1 April 2015
Darren, a Jobseeker's Allowance claimant from Leicester, has been sanctioned, without proper justification, following a new DWP pilot scheme involving daily signing at a Jobcentre. Darren explains what happened
15 October 2014
Civil servants in the PCS union were out on strike in force, part of the rolling programme of strikes planned for this week
5 March 2014
Experiencing the daily grind of poverty and fruitless job searches when you're out of work is very demoralising. But the Con-Dems go the extra mile
16 October 2013
When the latest plans for cuts in benefits were announced, familiar trumpets were blown about the Work Programme and Mandatory Work Activity (MWA), writes Sean Dempsey
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