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14 July 2021

Keep the Universal Credit uplift

20 can be the difference between stocked-up cupboards, electricity on the meter, or travel.

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14 July 2021

Tories threaten to axe free prescriptions for older workers

Nearly four million people in England who currently qualify for free prescriptions face paying 9.35 per item if the Tories carry out their plan to raise the qualification age from 60 to 66.

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21 April 2021

Long Covid: Fight for jobs, benefits and services

Illness and disability lasting more than three months after Covid affects almost 700,000 people in Britain

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3 March 2021

A fighting programme for women's rights and socialism

Women have been especially hit by the economic and social consequences of the pandemic.

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27 January 2021

Poverty wages: When workers can't afford to self-isolate

The Tories are now floating the idea that maybe if they paid 500 to desperate workers in the gig economy, they might be inclined to self-isolate for two weeks if they contract Covid

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20 January 2021

Books that inspired me: The Road to Wigan Pier

In early 1936, a then unknown George Orwell was commissioned by the publisher Victor Gollancz to travel to the north of England to research 'the conditions of the working class'

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20 January 2021

Make the super-rich pay, not the poorest

In the last week the real number of deaths from Covid has gone over 100,000, and the UK has recorded the highest per capita death toll in the world

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20 January 2021

Bosses profit out of 'starvation' food parcels

Private companies were exposed earning 30 for 'starvation' food parcels - for families entitled to free school meals - that contained just north of a fiver's worth of ingredients

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20 January 2021

Life in lockdown - being home from school when you're poor is hard

At the beginning of the first lockdown, in my house, we had one computer for three students and a parent working from home. Myself and my siblings receive pupil premium and free school meals.

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16 December 2020

No surprise, poverty is rising

A report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that 2.4 million, including half a million children, experienced "destitution" in 2019 - before coronavirus reached the UK

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2 December 2020

What will the spending review mean for me?

Five Socialist Party members respond to the spending review, and what it means for youth, pensioners, schools, councils and those out of work.

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11 November 2020

The Socialist Inbox

Send your news, views and criticism, in not more than 150 words, to [email protected] - or if you're not online, PO Box 1398, Enfield EN1 9GT

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28 October 2020

Don't let Tories starve our kids

Big business got billions - Fight for what we need:

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30 September 2020

Job Support Scheme - too little, too late

I was working with an agency. I started in April. I was doing about 30 hours a week with them, so regular work. As soon as Covid hit, I was let go with immediate effect.

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2 September 2020

Welfare after Covid-19

Between February and June 2020 the number of claims for Universal Credit doubled

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5 August 2020

Tories' obesity plans - blaming individuals not the profit system

First, the elderly were told to shield from Covid-19. Then, statistics revealed a disproportionate number of people from ethnic minorities were dying from the virus. Now, obesity is being linked to a serious risk of fatality from the virus.

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8 July 2020

1,600 less benefits if your job goes - while super-rich splash cash

Households suffering unemployment during the pandemic will get 1,600 per year less in benefits than in 2011

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1 July 2020

Benefits system being used to force return to unsafe workplaces

As previously reported in the Socialist, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which oversees the payment of unemployment benefit to millions, had previously eased the requirements for claiming Universal Credit

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24 June 2020

Over 30% of children living in poverty

Even before the pandemic, austerity policies had pushed an increasing number of families into poverty

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20 May 2020

Universal Basic Income: not a solution to insecurity and poverty under capitalism

None of the schemes with elements of UBI provide a decent level of income

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