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17 April 2019

20 years of the minimum wage: Fight for a real living wage for every worker

The minimum wage was one of the very few pro-worker steps taken by a right-wing Labour government

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3 April 2019

Working families in poverty: fund homes and childcare

In the UK, 2.9 million children from working families are now living in poverty, reports the Department for Work and Pensions. And more than a third of babies are living below the poverty line, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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13 March 2019

Tories out. Scrap Universal Credit. Fight for living wages and welfare!

Universal Credit is hardly out of the news. The suffering and anxiety it has caused is immeasurable - so much so that even some Tory MPs have been forced to highlight problems with its implementation.

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13 March 2019

Anger after violent youth deaths - Communities need public services not cuts

So far this year, ten teenagers have already lost their lives in London as a result of knife crime. In response to these tragedies, people are rightly demanding action to keep communities safe.

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6 March 2019

Trade union action to end low pay now!

Poverty pay for 1.2 million public sector workers. 2.7% pay rise for MPs: More than one million public sector workers are paid less than the minimum amount needed to make ends meet, as set by the Living Wage Foundation. They calculate this as 9 an hour, or 10.55 in London.

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20 February 2019

Annoyed?! I'm annoyed to be on poverty wages

There was another lively picket outside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London on 13 February. The staff, PCS members, are outsourced on contracts that pay poverty wages. They want to be brought back in-house and paid a living wage.

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12 December 2018

Cuts and NHS crisis result in 'excess' elderly deaths

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics reveal that there were 50,100 'excess deaths' in England and Wales in the winter of 2017-18, the highest number since the mid-1970s.

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5 December 2018

Austerity: not one more day - Tories out now

Events have confirmed the weak and feeble position of the Tories. Now we must seize the time, mobilise around the call for an immediate general election, and drive the Tories out! Join us in this fight!

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28 November 2018

Wonderful socialist play finds Edwardian poverty not in past

Theatre: The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists: On a cold November evening, myself and other Newcastle Socialist Party members went along to see The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists. To say it was wonderful is an understatement

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28 November 2018

End "poverty, ill health and despair":a benefits adviser speaks out against the cuts

I have worked, since leaving college - 22 years - solely in benefits. I have witnessed the systematic destruction of a support system meant to help those who need it most, creating a widespread situation

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21 November 2018

Even UN slams Tory poorhouse Britain

General election now to reverse austerity! A United Nations special envoy has published a report that harshly condemns poverty in the UK, and links the capitalist establishment's brutal austerity programme to it directly.

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31 October 2018

Homelessness, Universal Credit misery, high rents, cramped flats, isolated estates...end the housing crisis!

Housing in Britain is in crisis. Bailiffs were called to a house in Hove on 26 October after the tenant - struggling to get by on Universal Credit - fell into rent arrears.

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17 October 2018

Fully fund mental health services now

Stigma around mental health is decreasing, and that's definitely a good thing. But it's not nearly enough when services are being cut to the bone and most of us have been left without crucial lifelines.

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12 September 2018

Fearful bosses call for 'fairer capitalism'...

City banker Dame Helena Morrissey has called for "a more responsible and fairer form of capitalism" as part of a new report by the Blairite IPPR thinktank.

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12 September 2018

4m children in homes that can't afford fruit and veg

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.

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29 August 2018

Working families 50 a week short of paying for kids

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

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22 August 2018

London cleaners' strike: 'Pay us a living wage!'

In early August, cleaners at Kensington and Chelsea council and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) took three days strike against poverty pay

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11 July 2018

Minister's benefits lie: sack the Tories - and scrap universal credit

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey arrogantly refuses to step down, after admitting to "inadvertently" misleading MPs about problems with the already unpopular 'universal credit' welfare restructure.

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23 May 2018

Leicester socialists fight poverty-paying sweatshops

The full effects of Tory policies, both economic and social, are being felt in Leicester, as sweatshop conditions and shocking illegal levels of pay persist in 2018.

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16 May 2018

Richest worth 724bn... as 100,000 kids fall into poverty

Sunday Times Rich List 2018: 724 billion. This is the combined wealth of Britain's 1,000 richest.

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