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1 December 2021

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End fuel poverty

Pensioners at Parliament. Photo: James Ivens

Pensioners at Parliament. Photo: James Ivens   (Click to enlarge)

Pensioners and trade unionists protested against winter fuel poverty outside parliament on Friday 26 November. There are 32,000 excess deaths between December and March each year in the UK - 9,700 of them due to living in cold homes, according to National Energy Action and E3G.

The National Pensioners Convention, leading the protest, called for the government to ban further energy price hikes. It also demanded an increased winter fuel allowance and home insulation programme.

The Socialist Party participated in support of these demands. We say: nationalise the energy companies, under democratic working-class control, to ensure affordable warm homes for all!

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In The Socialist 1 December 2021:


News

NHS Critical

Covid-19: New variant emerges but same old capitalist disease

27 dead in channel migrant tragedy

Bulb bailed out, nationalise energy to solve price crisis

Khan threatens further London transport cuts

Kickstart scheme 'insufficient and flawed'

Tories strengthen repressive laws


COP26

After COP26: where next for the climate movement?


International

Argentine elections see deepening polarisation


Wales

Wales: The Labour-Plaid Cymru agreement - jam tomorrow, maybe


Rural life

Behind the rural idyll - the problems of everyday life


Workplace news

NHS workers - vote yes for action to win a decent pay rise

Staff and students unite against university bosses' attacks

UCU higher education disputes

Education unions lead campaign against Leicester academisation

RMT strikes against abolition of night tube train operators

South Yorkshire Stagecoach drivers strike against measly 1% pay offer

Nottingham and Mansfield trade unions rally against cuts and for better pay

Oaks Park school strike ends following forced concessions


Campaigns

East London mass non-payment wins housing victory

Marching to stop violence against women

Housing campaigners protest CEO champagners

Building a political alternative to Tory and Labour cuts

Stop the cuts to Uni arts funding

Plymouth: Hundreds attend vigil for Bobbi-Anne McLeod

Socialism 2021: How we reached our fighting fund appeal target

End fuel poverty


Readers' opinion

TV review: Valley of the Tears


 

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Poverty:

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triangleThe fall of Apartheid in South Africa

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Energy:

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triangleEnergy price crisis: nationalise energy giants to save us from 600 hit

triangleTories' cost of living squeeze - Build workers' fightback

triangleBulb bailed out, nationalise energy to solve price crisis

Pensioners:

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triangleUnite young and old to defend the pensions triple lock

triangleDefend free TV licences for pensioners!

Homes:

triangleTories concede under cladding pressure but don't go far enough

triangleAffordable housing for all

Article dated 1 December 2021

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