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8 February 2017

Universal basic income - what do socialists say?

The idea of welfare benefits being replaced by a 'universal basic income' (UBI) has resurfaced in recent years - a welcome discussion because it raises the fundamental right of everyone to have an income that meets their basic needs. Exact proposals vary but they are all based on the idea of everyone in society receiving an unconditional, tax-free, regular payment, regardless of whether they are working or the composition of their household.

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25 January 2017

2016 hottest year on record, air poisonous

Only socialist planning can end profit-driven pollution: There is strong evidence that 2016 was the hottest year on record. Meanwhile, in 2017, part of London breached EU limits on annual hours of toxic air in just five days

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7 December 2016

Newham council to sack up to 1,300

The all-Labour council in Newham, east London, is threatening to sack up to 1,300 of its workforce.

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30 November 2016

The housing crisis - a toxic issue for the Tories

Almost everyone acknowledges there is a major housing crisis in the UK. As Paul Kershaw (Unite housing branch LE1111) explains, a chronic lack of affordable housing has been made worse by the government's

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9 November 2016

Court slams Tory air quality plans

Only socialist planning can stop toxic air: It's supposed to be safe but it kills more people than obesity or alcohol - the air we breathe.

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26 October 2016

Socialist inbox

Letters to the Socialist's editors including the Ched Evans case, Marmite brexit, NHS 'savings' and homelessness.

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13 July 2016

Fight back is on to save NHS heart services

A massive attack has been launched on NHS congenital heart services in England. Patients, families and health workers will not accept it and we will fight back. As a parent whose 15-year old son had open heart surgery only seven months ago at one of the threatened units, Leicester Glenfield Hospital, I am furious.

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15 June 2016

Action to defeat the Housing Act: we won't move!

This act aims to eliminate secure low cost housing

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15 June 2016

Housing Act: landlords and developers set to profit

The new housing act will help property developers and landlords make profits but it will do nothing for people who need affordable secure homes.

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25 May 2016

Campaigning for a people's plan for Waltham Forest

"These plans are an onslaught. We all agree that we need housing - but what kind of housing? We also want an expansion in amenities, schools, health, parking, in a planned, sensible coordinated fashion. We want the cuts to stop."

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25 May 2016

We won't move! Mass resistance can defeat the Tories' housing act

The Tories' Housing and Planning Bill is now an Act, to be implemented in April 2017. The Kill the Housing Bill campaign set up last autumn is now renamed Axe the Housing Act. Another national demo has been called for 18 June.

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20 April 2016

The socialist case for nationalisation

Nationalisation is back on the agenda. The crisis surrounding Tata steel has demonstrated that the market cannot secure the future of the industries vital for the economy. Nor can it provide the jobs that that communities rely upon.

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27 January 2016

A day in the life of a teacher and mother

In this job, organisation is everything. Without meticulous attention to detail and a lot of forward planning, you can pretty much guarantee you'll be at meltdown stage before the term is out.

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13 January 2016

476,000 homes in England go unbuilt by speculators

New research shows a record 475,647 homes in England have planning permission but are yet to be built. Developers don't want to actually build the houses we need. If they did, Britain's overinflated housing market would crash and their profits would be hit.

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2 December 2015

Paris climate summit falls short in world's hottest year

2015 will be the hottest year on record, according to US government scientists, beating the previous record holder, 2014. But world leaders at the UN conference on climate change in Paris show no signs of tackling impending catastrophe.

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21 October 2015

World economy: 'biggest danger to capitalism is capitalism'

Redcar steel plant to close after a century of production, raw material prices collapsing, China's economy slowing, the ongoing euro crisis...

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Unite rally against cuts to London buses, photo Paul Mattsson

Unite rally against cuts to London buses, photo Paul Mattsson

3 September 2014

Planning, not competition, to meet our transport needs

Apparently, outside London where bus use is expanding, fewer people than ever are using buses because of rising prices

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2 April 2014

Climate change: Socialism and global planning essential

IPCC report: Climate change has arrived, and it is not politely knocking on the door. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a 'call to action', hit the headlines

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26 February 2014

Floods show planning and investment needed

Britain has just had its wettest winter ever recorded. A couple of years ago it had one of its coldest

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19 February 2014

Cycling deaths must be stopped

Britain's cyclists have seen another bad week for safety. The police responded to the last surge in fatalities in London cycling by ordering a clampdown on cyclists. Nick Auvache investigates

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