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14 September 2016

Benefit cap could shut 67% of women's refuges

The new Tory benefit cap could force two thirds of refuges to close, leaving women fleeing violence with nowhere to go.

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7 September 2016

Premium pay cuts are not just any cuts, they are M&S cuts

Marks & Spencer likes to claim that it's 'Your M&S' but since it only made a paltry 660 million profit in 2015, the company doesn't seem to have enough money to pay its staff a living wage.

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7 September 2016

London bailiff use soars by half

Bailiffs collected council tax debts from 19,212 London homes in 2015-16. This is 51% up on the year before, according to the Child Poverty Action Group and Z2K charities.

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31 August 2016

Over a million families in 'extreme problem debt'

1.6 million low-income families in 'extreme problem debt' - debt so crippling that it takes 40% of their total household income. Another 3.2 million households, that's one in eight, are struggling to manage their debt repayments, taking up 25% of income.

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24 August 2016

A day in the life of a call centre worker

"I am on a zero-hour contract with the promise of 16 hours if I am good"

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10 August 2016

The Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including Blairite bullies, Owen Jones and Owen Smith, fighting racism and more.

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10 August 2016

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including a massive boost for bosses pay and unclaimed benefits.

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25 July 2016

Sanctioned - a victim of government callousness

A job seeker sent the following account to the Socialist of his recent experience of having his benefits withdrawn.

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13 July 2016

Them & Us

It's one world for the super-rich, and another one for the rest of us including facts and figures about new PM Theresa May and the M&S pay cut.

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13 July 2016

Child poverty rises by 200,000 in a year

In the space of just one year, 2014 to 2015, the number of children living in poverty in the UK has risen by a staggering 200,000. This brings the total number to 3.9 million, according to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

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29 June 2016

Old v young is a phoney war - the enemy is the 1%

Contrary to the exertions of many commentators when courting the young, pensioners are not gaining any advantages over other sections of the population.

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29 June 2016

United working class resistance can cut across racism

The appalling racist abuse and physical attacks reported since the EU referendum must be condemned and opposed.

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22 June 2016

BHS pensions insult

Some 20,000 members of the BHS pension scheme are concerned to find their pensions from the failed firm are now in the Pension Protection Fund, meaning they will receive less than expected.

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22 June 2016

148,000 households faced risk of eviction

Over the last 12 months, housing charity Shelter found 148,000 households at risk of eviction.

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15 June 2016

EU: busting the myths that Remain is best for the 99%

As we approach voting day for the EU referendum, panic has set in for the establishment and 'project fear' has been stepped up. The official campaigns on both sides have bandied about arguments full of lies and misrepresentations. We answer three key questions: Does the EU build international solidarity? Does the EU defend workers' rights? Does the EU keep the peace?

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8 June 2016

Pensioners fight ageist Tory cuts

The National Pensioners Convention (NPC) will hold its annual 'Pensioners' Parliament' from 14 to 16 June in Blackpool

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8 June 2016

Them & Us

Millionaire and former government minister Iain Duncan Smith claimed that cutting welfare payments and capping benefits would 'incentivise' unemployed people to find work - the Tory equivalent of a cattle prod

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1 June 2016

Jobseekers told: take three-hour commute

Getting a job in austerity Britain is not a guaranteed or easy thing. I am a recent university graduate, and have spent the past couple of months job hunting. I can see how hard it can be to get your foot in the door - then we have this ridiculous 'advice' from the DWP.

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25 May 2016

What we saw: 'I, Daniel Blake' and Hunt/'Thick of It' remix

Anti-cuts drama 'I, Daniel Blake' has won top gong at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Meanwhile, another filmmaker has mashed up a Jeremy Hunt interview with political satire 'The Tick of It'.

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15 April 2016

Women's Lives Matter

With the imminent closure of Doncaster Women's Aid, some women are 'fighting for their lives'

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