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17 October 2018

Devon foster carers fight 30% cut in allowances

If austerity is over, no-one told the Tory councillors of Devon County Council. Foster carers are to have their allowances cut by 30%.

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17 October 2018

Striking Brum home carers reject 'final' pay cut offer

At a mass members' meeting on 5 October, Birmingham Council home carers unanimously voted by show of hands to reject the council's 'final' offer and continue striking.

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19 September 2018

Birmingham home carers' protest demo

"Are you Tories in disguise?" was directed at Birmingham's Blairite council on 15 September at another fantastic rally for striking home care workers

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5 September 2018

A day in the life of a carer: "I am having trouble feeding my children on my wages"

There is only so much neglect or trauma that one person can witness before it becomes demoralising and depression sets in.

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7 August 2018

Birmingham home carers strike

Low-paid care workers are striking for 14 days against Birmingham Labour council's cuts

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4 July 2018

Service users and families protest learning disability service cuts

Service users and carers protested outside Rotherham Town Hall against the council's decision to close centres

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17 January 2018

Opinion: foster care is work - carers deserve workers' rights

Many foster carers cannot maintain a day job if they have a challenging young person to care for, and so rely wholly on their council allowance

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9 August 2017

End poverty pay for sleep-in care workers

Since the NHS began outsourcing care services to private companies and charities, wages and conditions for carers, support workers and healthcare assistants have been squeezed.

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31 May 2017

The Socialist inbox

Do you have something to say? Letters to the Socialist's editors. Vote Corbyn; Manchester bombing witnesses; Clarke v Corbyn; dementia tax.

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3 May 2017

Beyond the crisis point: saving social care

It is not difficult to see why the chair of the National Care Association says "we are now beyond the crisis point"

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19 April 2017

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us. Cutters get half a billion; care cut by 142 a person. 15 million payday for health secretary; 500 ambulances turned back from A&Es

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19 April 2017

900 carers quit a day - nationalise social care now

Over 900 carers quit every day last year in England

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5 April 2017

Financial hardship facing millions of cancer sufferers

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.

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8 March 2017

Struggling to care against a backcloth of cuts

The following is an account of years of struggle by parents of a disabled child to secure the proper resources to meet their daughter's needs. A situation made more difficult by draconian cuts in funding local services.

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1 March 2017

Tories to dodge rulings against disability benefit cut

Despite two tribunals ruling that the Department for Work and Pensions should expand the reach of the 'personal independence payment' (PIP) disability benefit, the government is bringing emergency legislation to stop it.

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1 March 2017

Fight like Poplar's women councillors to change the lives of family carers

Even in the heyday of the welfare state, parents of disabled children received little help, understanding or support. The Tories want to drive us back to the days when family care was the norm

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14 December 2016

No to home seizures for care bills

Councils may start seizing the homes of elderly people after death to pay care bills. Ministers are also considering letting local authorities charge more council tax to cover them. Councils should instead fight for more funding, and for care to be nationalised.

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7 December 2016

Workers can fight Uber-style care

A new, Uber-style care service has been launched in Britain.

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7 December 2016

Compensation disabled

An admin error robbed thousands of families with disabled kids of up to 4,400 a year

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16 November 2016

Court win against bedroom tax not enough

Top judges have ruled against part of the Tories' hated 'bedroom tax' benefit cap.

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