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18 March 2020
The government has announced new support for claimants who contract, or have to stay at home due to, Covid-19
28 November 2018
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
29 November 2017
The decision to outsource new benefits claims to Capita will be disastrous
8 February 2017
Socialist Party members recently organised a film night instead of our usual branch meeting - the film was 'I, Daniel Blake'. Beforehand we sold 17 copies of the Socialist outside the venue.
7 December 2016
Hundreds of thousands of people are surviving and feeding themselves by using foodbanks in Britain today
10 August 2016
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.
30 March 2016
Disabled people protested against Tory attacks on our benefits in parliament on 23 March, writes Amalia, disabled worker.
8 July 2015
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.
28 January 2015
Millions in the UK are suffering the effects of unemployment. For many it's a daily struggle with a complicated bureaucracy, the effects of poverty and the countless rejections from job applications
5 November 2014
The government onslaught of attacks on the sick, disabled and terminally ill looks set to increase rapidly. Tory Chancellor George Osborne wants to savagely cut Employment and Support Allowance. Some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people could see their income slashed by £30 a week
5 November 2014
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), a replacement for Incapacity Benefit, was introduced in 2008 for paying benefits to those too ill to work or with a disability
16 July 2014
Tough at the top: Poverty pay and the cost of living crisis are the big issues for many workers and their families. But for those at the top, life it seems couldn't be better
13 November 2013
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.
23 January 2013
On 28 January changes to the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) come into force that will see hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled people at risk of losing vital benefits, writes Matt Gordon, Bristol Socialist Party.
13 June 2012
Last September I found myself on incapacity benefit. But just weeks later, the government's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) told me I had to re-apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)...
25 January 2012
The House of Lords recently amended the government's Welfare Reform Bill to retain the three month qualifying period for claimants...
18 January 2012
On 11 January, the House of Lords rejected the Con-Dem coalition government's proposal in its misnamed welfare reform bill to limit the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) that is contribution-based for disabled and sick claimants to one year, a disabled activist writes.
6 April 2011
Con-Dems declare war on essential services: Like an arrogant bully, the Tory/Lib Dem coalition is pushing ahead with many of its assaults on the lives of working class people...
6 April 2011
Opened in 1983, Derbyshire Unemployed Workers' Centres, where I am training as an adviser, provide welfare rights and debt advice to some of Derbyshire's most deprived communities, writes Karen Seymour.
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