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From The Socialist newspaper, 8 June 2016
Them & Us
Millionaire and former government minister Iain Duncan Smith claimed that cutting welfare payments and capping benefits would 'incentivise' unemployed people to find work - the Tory equivalent of a cattle prod.
Unfortunately for the architect of the hated bedroom tax, a year-long study in Oxford has found that taking away people's benefits actually made them less likely to find work.
According to the study's authors: "Higher benefit losses may correlate with higher rent and larger families, and financial hardship; as childcare and debt are established barriers to work, it is perhaps unsurprising that customers with higher benefit losses are less rather than more likely to get into or back into work."
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is keen to get his 'cost neutral' pay and conditions offer accepted by junior doctors. Meanwhile, Jezza has shot to the top of the cabinet earnings league table having trousered a £853,000 dividend payout from Hotcourses, a company he co-founded.
...and Hunt cuts
Any contrition by Hunt over the junior doctors' dispute quickly evaporated as it emerged that he plans to slash £170 million in funding for community pharmacies, jeopardising 3,000 high street chemists. Charities reckon this will hit the frail and elderly, with an estimated extra one million people a month having to visit a GP to seek advice.
Cause for celebration?
Closing hundreds of London Underground ticket offices has increased safety concerns and frustration for the travelling public, as well as slashing jobs. Yet, according the RMT transport union, these appalling cutbacks were "celebrated" by managers who "spent an enjoyable evening in the luxurious setting of the RAF club in Piccadilly".
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In The Socialist 8 June 2016:
No to Tory and EU austerity
Youth must fight for their future
Northern Ireland: Biggest trade union supports EU exit
Letter to the Socialist: EU referendum
The socialist case against the EU: TUSC tour continues
China's 'Cultural Revolution' 1966-67
Socialist Party review
Music review: No to TTIP
Socialist Party news and analysis
Athens bus workers clean up
Exploitation Britain: Unionise and fight for a living wage
Muhammad Ali 1942-2016
Housing: Let's reclaim our right to dream again!
Nationalise the rip-off drug companies
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Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Link the strikes - come to the NSSN conference
Momentum Youth and Students: Witch hunts won't take movement forward
Tamil Solidarity Day
Student nurses march to oppose bursary cut
Pensioners fight ageist Tory cuts
Dangerous, dirty and damp: the unseen world of temporary accommodation
Socialist Party workplace news
RF Brookes walk out over pay cut
Pennine Foods strike: "Business NOT open as usual - Again!"
Junior doctors' dispute: New offer falls short
PCS campaign against Land Registry privatisation
Workplace news in brief
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