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12 December 2018

Universal Credit Christmas misery

The shocking effects of Universal Credit have been revealed by the ordeal faced by one mother this Christmas.

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5 December 2018

Blairite Birmingham steps up union-busting and two workforces plan strikes

Brum's Labour council won't get an easy Christmas this year. Two of its workforces - bin workers and home carers - are balloting for strikes

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28 November 2018

Nat West's benefit-claimant eviction policy

Nat West bank made an ultimatum to a Belfast landlord seeking to remortgage their buy-to-let flat - either evict your vulnerable older tenant or seek a mortgage elsewhere.

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28 November 2018

Scrap the Tories' Universal Credit now!

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.

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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

Mansfield council must step in to save miners' park

The proposed closure of Berry Hill Park in Mansfield has led to a storm of protest. Around 300 turned out at a few days' notice to demonstrate. 7,000 have signed an online petition in under a fortnight.

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21 November 2018

75,000 kids in foster care - and counting: end cuts and for-profit care

"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.

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21 November 2018

Housing arrears double, suicide risk soars - scrap Universal Credit!

General election now to reverse welfare attacks: Universal Credit claimants are being pushed into serious mental health problems, with some even considering suicide, according to public health researchers in the North East.

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14 November 2018

Major private care operator puts thousands of vulnerable people at risk

The crisis in social care continues to worsen, as councils prepare to find alternative provision for 13,500 more elderly and disabled people by the end of the month

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24 October 2018

Universal Credit could trap women in violent relationships

The introduction of Universal Credit, under which families can lose 200 a month, has rightly provoked outrage

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17 October 2018

Universal credit = universal misery

Theresa May said 'the end of austerity is in sight'

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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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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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26 September 2018

Powerful defence of the welfare state

Non-fiction: Don't Let My Past Be Your Future: Harry Leslie Smith, the World War Two veteran and welfare state campaigner, has crossed the supposed generational divide and issued a "call to arms" to young people to organise to change society.

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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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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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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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25 July 2018

Universal credit causes 24m rent arrears

The inept Tory government is yet again in the firing line after further details emerged about the shambolic roll-out of the cruel 'universal credit' welfare system

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