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19 January 2022

Mutual aid, the welfare state and the fight for a new mass workers' party

The Covid pandemic and its effects have deepened an already existing social crisis. Ravaged by years of cuts and privatisation, public services have been unable to meet the needs of working-class communities.

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8 September 2021

Families demand rights for care home residents

While government guidance now allows us to go to pubs and music festivals, go on holidays, and meet up with friends, care home residents are being kept under lockdown

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28 April 2021

Poverty increasing. Welfare state in crisis. Do we need a new Beveridge Report?

Many of the gains introduced by the post-war Labour government are long gone.

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28 October 2020

The Socialist Inbox

Callous and cruel Tories
Matt Hancock, with his sickly insincere smile, retorted that 63 million had been given to local councils, which could be used to help children over the holidays who get free school meals.

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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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3 July 2019

Even social-care bosses say cuts have gone too far

Jeremy Hunt, in a masterful understatement, said: "I think, having been responsible for health and social care, that some of the cuts in social care did go too far."

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3 April 2019

End Tory cold cruelty: life under austerity in Merthyr

Scrap Universal Credit now: Merthyr has received a bad press as the "benefit capital of Britain". The Mirror newspaper pointed out the average male life expectancy on one of the estates is lower than Haiti's. But it's a friendly town.

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13 March 2019

Tories out. Scrap Universal Credit. Fight for living wages and welfare!

Universal Credit is hardly out of the news. The suffering and anxiety it has caused is immeasurable - so much so that even some Tory MPs have been forced to highlight problems with its implementation.

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16 January 2019

Robbing the working class

The fundamental problem with Universal Credit is austerity

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12 December 2018

Universal Credit Christmas misery

The shocking effects of Universal Credit have been revealed by the ordeal faced by one mother this Christmas.

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21 November 2018

Mansfield council must step in to save miners' park

The proposed closure of Berry Hill Park in Mansfield has led to a storm of protest. Around 300 turned out at a few days' notice to demonstrate. 7,000 have signed an online petition in under a fortnight.

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21 November 2018

75,000 kids in foster care - and counting: end cuts and for-profit care

"Fostering sector ripe for consolidation... fostering is a growth market..." These were the thoughts of the Financial Times back in 2013. Translation? Children going into care are seen as a profit opportunity by capitalist vultures.

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21 November 2018

Housing arrears double, suicide risk soars - scrap Universal Credit!

General election now to reverse welfare attacks: Universal Credit claimants are being pushed into serious mental health problems, with some even considering suicide, according to public health researchers in the North East.

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17 October 2018

Fully fund mental health services now

Stigma around mental health is decreasing, and that's definitely a good thing. But it's not nearly enough when services are being cut to the bone and most of us have been left without crucial lifelines.

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26 September 2018

Powerful defence of the welfare state

Non-fiction: Don't Let My Past Be Your Future: Harry Leslie Smith, the World War Two veteran and welfare state campaigner, has crossed the supposed generational divide and issued a "call to arms" to young people to organise to change society.

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25 July 2018

Universal credit causes 24m rent arrears

The inept Tory government is yet again in the firing line after further details emerged about the shambolic roll-out of the cruel 'universal credit' welfare system

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11 July 2018

Minister's benefits lie: sack the Tories - and scrap universal credit

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey arrogantly refuses to step down, after admitting to "inadvertently" misleading MPs about problems with the already unpopular 'universal credit' welfare restructure.

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20 June 2018

Universal Credit delivers claimant misery

Fight for liveable benefits, real support and decent jobs: The government's flagship welfare reform, Universal Credit, has been well and truly savaged by the National Audit Office.

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2 May 2018

Lib Dems backed benefit sanctions to win 5p carrier bag charge

A Lib Dem wonk has claimed credit for the plastic bag charge - saying all it took was agreeing more attacks on welfare

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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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