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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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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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9 December 2020

Luxury for some, poverty for the rest of us

Many of us won't have much to cheer about this Christmas. In 2020 we've lost people to a pandemic which is still hurting us. One-in-twenty young people are currently unemployed.

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2 December 2020

Scotland: Campaign wins end to period poverty

In a first of its kind globally, the Period Products (Free Provision) Scotland Act was enshrined into law in Scotland on 24 November, laying the foundations for eradicating period poverty for Scottish women.

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17 June 2020

Capitalism = inequality. Fight for socialism!

So Boris Johnson is going to set up yet another inquiry into racism and inequality. That's the last thing we need! It will end up in the bin along with all the others that have gone before it.

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26 June 2019

Union action can tackle 58% working poverty rate

Almost two-fifths of those in poverty in the UK are also in work

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19 June 2019

Cancer stats reveal deep inequality

"This year, more than 300,000 people in England will receive the life-changing diagnosis of cancer. And the number of people living with cancer is predicted to rise by 3.2% each year, writes Jon Dale, secretary, Unite Notts NHS branch.

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3 April 2019

Working families in poverty: fund homes and childcare

In the UK, 2.9 million children from working families are now living in poverty, reports the Department for Work and Pensions. And more than a third of babies are living below the poverty line, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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28 November 2018

End "poverty, ill health and despair":a benefits adviser speaks out against the cuts

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

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21 November 2018

Even UN slams Tory poorhouse Britain

General election now to reverse austerity! A United Nations special envoy has published a report that harshly condemns poverty in the UK, and links the capitalist establishment's brutal austerity programme to it directly.

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11 April 2018

Child poverty to hit 5m by 2021 - strikes can stop the cuts

"My children have grey skin, poor teeth, poor hair, poor nails. They are thinner... when you see them with children of the same age who are from an affluent area, they just look tiny."

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31 January 2018

Majority of kids poor in some areas

In parts of London and Greater Manchester you are now more likely to grow up poor than not

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6 December 2017

End Tory war on poor

14 million people in the UK - over 20% of the population - are living below the poverty line

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8 November 2017

Child poverty set to hit 5.2m - unions and Corbyn must act now

Welfare cuts are set to make child poverty soar over the next five years to 5.2 million kids

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1 November 2017

Robber bosses own $6trn

Take the wealth off the 1%! The combined wealth of the world's billionaires has now reached an eye-watering $6 trillion

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18 October 2017

Young people being strangled by debts

Take the wealth off the super-rich - no to the Tories' scapegoating of pensioners!: Over a third of young people are in debt - on average by 2,989 - says the Money Advice Trust

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20 September 2017

Defuse the consumer debt time bomb: nationalise the banks!

Still recovering from the last crisis? Hold on to your wallet, Britain's bankers are storing up another one - 200 billion of consumer debt

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26 July 2017

Abolish tuition fees and student debt!

Jeremy Corbyn's election pledge to abolish tuition fees was one of the most attractive and popular offers in Labour's manifesto.
His hint that he might also support writing off existing student debt was also warmly received.

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31 May 2017

Families to have 15,000 debt by 2020 - trade union action needed

The average family will be around 15,000 in debt by 2020, says the TUC. A Corbyn-led government would be an important step forward

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