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12 April 2017

Thousands left with 50p for rent - cap rents, not benefits

Tory caps on housing benefits have left thousands of families with only 50p a week for rent.

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12 April 2017

Cuts leave schools unable to meet basic needs

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has proposed to fund free school meals for all primary school children by adding VAT tax on private education fees.

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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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5 April 2017

What would a socialist food industry look like?

How to feed the world? That is a question that capitalism has never been able to solve, with one-third of the world's total population suffering malnutrition. Even in the economically advanced capitalist countries like Britain growing numbers are reliant on food banks.

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5 April 2017

Fight Tories' callous cuts pushing 200,000 more kids into poverty

A raft of callous Tory measures starting on 6 April will push another 200,000 kids below the breadline, according to the Child Poverty Action Group.

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29 March 2017

Universal Credit is making the housing crisis worse

The roll-out of the 'Universal Credit' benefits system seems to be making an already desperate social housing situation a whole lot worse

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22 March 2017

'I'm writing this to tell you about the plight of disabled people'

Reader's comment: I'm still here, I'm still fighting for what I rightfully deserve. And I'm writing this to tell you about the plight of disabled people all over the country. We're not on the news separated from you, we're among you

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22 March 2017

Tories scrap housing benefit for under-21s

A new rule change will end housing benefit for 18 to 21-year-olds from next month. Reverse all benefit cuts - fight for mass building of council homes now!

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15 March 2017

Disabled workers deserve a living wage

Rosa Monckton, one of the trustees of Team Domenica, a 'charity' which claims to help disabled people get into work, has said that businesses should be allowed to pay disabled people less than the minimum wage.

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15 March 2017

Women's struggles reduced to perfume sales and career ladder

Writing at, Clare Doyle pointed out that "only in a few countries - Pakistan and Turkey among them - have demonstrations regularly taken place on International Women's Day."

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8 March 2017

Aristocrats to hold byelection for one of their 92 reps

There's a byelection coming up on 21 March. There are 27 candidates, all hereditary peers, all men, and all very rich.

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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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28 February 2017

Hands off our Jobcentre!

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.

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22 February 2017

30% of people on inadequate incomes in UK

19 million people in the UK - nearly 30% of the population - live below the 'minimum income standard' (MIS) and "are just about managing at best," according to a recent report by the poverty think-tank Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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22 February 2017

Organise to reverse 28% rise in violence against retail workers

News that violence against shop workers has gone up by 28% in a year will come as no surprise to those who've worked in the industry. The British Retail Consortium reports that half of retail workers have been verbally abused, and over 8% assaulted.

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22 February 2017

The Socialist Inbox

Do you have something to say?: Send your news, views and criticism in not more than 150 words to Socialist Postbox, PO Box 24697, London E11 1YD, phone 020 8988 8771 or email

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15 February 2017

PCS union pledges to fight Jobcentre job losses

Reports from PCS campaigning in Llanelli and Sheffield

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15 February 2017

Super-rich subsidised

The 'precariat' is costing public funds nearly 4 billion a year in lost taxation and benefits

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