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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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19 April 2017

Benefits workers oppose 'rape clause' and two-child limit

The prospect of explaining this inhumane process to women who have already experienced horrific trauma is unacceptable

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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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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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2 November 2016

We are all Daniel Blake: no more deaths from benefit cuts

Thousands of people have died since the implementation of 'work capability assessments'. This is what the new Ken Loach film 'I, Daniel Blake' is all about. Enough is enough with this inhumane system!

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16 March 2016

Tories cut disabled dignity for tax breaks

Tory chancellor George Osborne plans to cut 1.2 billion from benefits which help disabled people live independently, writes Adrian Picton, Disabled worker.

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9 March 2016

Benefit fraud: 85% of allegations untrue

Over 85% of allegations of benefit fraud between 2010 and 2015 were false.

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2 March 2016

Credit calls

Phone lines for the Tories' new 'Universal Credit' reduced welfare system are not even free. Empty-handed benefit claimants must fork out between 12p and 45p every minute to discuss their cases.

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8 July 2015

ESA under the cosh

The Tories intend to slash Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) by almost 30 a week. ESA, which replaced incapacity benefit in 2008, is paid to disabled people or those too ill to work who have extra needs.

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7 January 2015

Benefit sanctions ruin lives

The target driven use of punitive benefit sanctions on poor people by this government of millionaires is a national disgrace

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Housing emergency!

9 April 2014

Housing emergency

Cap rents not benefits - build quality council homes: My local area, the Labour-controlled south London borough of Lewisham, is no longer an affordable place to live, writes Chris Flood, Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC) candidate in Lewisham.

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5 March 2014

Fight the government's vicious sanctions regime

Experiencing the daily grind of poverty and fruitless job searches when you're out of work is very demoralising. But the Con-Dems go the extra mile

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29 January 2014

Landlords, the real beneficiaries of benefits street

Channel Four's infamous Benefits Street 'documentary' has featured a squalid four-bedroom rented home that is so riddled with damp that water runs down the walls

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13 November 2013

Benefit sanction figures expose Tory lies

On 6 November, the DWP issued figures for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) claimants sanctioned under new rules brought in from October last year, and last June, writes an advice centre worker.

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16 October 2013

Fight Tory plans to scrap lifeline for young

Cameron's proposals to scrap benefits for under-25s is yet another attack on young people from this government of millionaires

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15 May 2013

Con-Dems' benefit fact fraud

A survey carried out by the TUC earlier this year revealed that people believe, on average, that 27% of the welfare budget is claimed fraudulently, writes Ben Golightly.

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10 April 2013

Tories and press use Philpott case to attack 'welfare culture'

An advice worker explains what life on benefits is really like..

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28 March 2013

Benefits, Housing, NHS

22. In a shameful fashion Cameron has sought to split the working class on the question of cutting benefits...

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Mansions and tower blocks - cap rents not benefits

7 March 2013

Scrap the bedroom tax

Cap rents not benefits:
On 1 April David Cameron's government of the rich will unveil their vicious 'bedroom tax'. On the same day the Con-Dems are cutting millionaires' taxes yet again, saving them over 100,000 a year!

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Britain on Benefits: Channel 4 Dispatches - a refreshing challenge to the government's cuts to welfare and disabled people

Britain on Benefits: Channel 4 Dispatches - a refreshing challenge to the government's cuts to welfare and disabled people

7 March 2013

TV review: Britain on Benefits

I assumed the Channel 4 documentary - Britain on Benefits - would be peddling the same old government lies to mask its failures on unemployment, writes Ian Pattison.

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