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The Socialist 29 August 2018

NHS: Mass fightback is needed

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Even working families 49 a week short of paying for kids

10 an hour now!

Scrap benefit cuts!

Even working families can't afford the basic, photo Dan Moyle (Creative Commons)

Even working families can't afford the basic, photo Dan Moyle (Creative Commons)   (Click to enlarge)

Laurel Fogarty

Feed your child or heat the house; buy a school uniform or pay the electricity bill - these are the kinds of impossible choices faced by more and more working parents every day.

The total cost of raising one child is now 150,753 for a couple - and 183,335 for a single parent, according to Loughborough University research.

As the cost of living skyrockets, any small increase in pay is demolished by the freeze on tax credits. It means that take-home pay, even for two parents earning the Tories' misnamed 'national living wage', falls 49 a week short of providing the "no-frills" necessities of decent life for a family.

My own experience as a mother is that the cost of childcare while the parent is at work can rival or even exceed the cost of housing. So it's no surprise that single parents are hit particularly hard.

There is no doubt the Tories are pushing increasing numbers of children into desperate situations. Over the school holidays, as many as one in eight children don't get enough to eat, according to a poll for Kellog's.

What is most startling about these harrowing statistics is that the majority of children growing up in poverty now have working parents.

These children are not struggling because their parents can't find work - or because unemployment benefits are insufficient, although they are. They are struggling because bosses simply do not pay workers enough to support a family.

Bosses and landlords are happy to let our children quite literally starve to defend their profits.


The Socialist Party fights child poverty and the capitalist system that is rigged against workers and our kids. We fight for free childcare, a real living wage for all, and to reverse the cuts to benefits that keep families afloat - along with any barbaric limit on the number of children the state will give the support they need.

But we are fighting for more than just survival for our children. We are fighting for their right to flourish, to take a full part in society and to reach their potential, whatever that might be.

That means opposing Tory and Blairite austerity wherever it threatens our children's futures - from joining thousands on the streets opposing NHS cuts, to taking part in local campaigns to keep our libraries and community centres open.

And it means fighting for a future free from profit-driven inequality and cuts: a socialist world.

In this issue

What we think

Capitalism is a chaotic, irrational system - we need socialist change

International socialist news and analysis

Trump ally prosecutions

Venezuela: How can reaction and imperialism be defeated?

China: Solidarity with Jasic Technology workers


Working families 50 a week short of paying for kids

Nationalise the energy giants to combat global warming

Them & us


Restaurant tips walkout: "Hold the burgers, hold the fries, TGI are telling lies"

Sunderland: Resolute Liebherr workers in pay strike

Merseyside fire authority forced to postpone night closures

Northern Rail guards continue fight against driver-only operation

East Dunbartonshire council workers back further strikes

Youth and students

Exam factories, cuts and violence - Fight for our future!

CWI School 2018

The ongoing capitalist crisis and the struggle for a socialist world

Socialist Party reports and campaigns

NHS: Mass fightback is needed

Battle growing against Loch Lomond area big business sell-off

Leicester lobby calls for consultation on NHS closure plans

Socialist sales success in Cardiff

EDL sent packing in Worcester

Huddersfield Socialist Party organise counter-protest against EDL

Fracking companies backed by government and courts

Leeds protest against NHS treatment cuts

1918 police strikes

100 years since police went on strike: "never nearer to Bolshevism"


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