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From The Socialist newspaper, 29 September 2021

News in brief

NHS waiting lists are growing

NHS waiting lists are growing   (Click to enlarge)

Poorest hit hardest

One million will be 10% worse off due to the £20-a-week Universal Credit cut. And with income going down, the costs of food, gas and electricity are going up. The poorest tenth of the population spend 21.1% of their income on these items, the richest tenth, 9.5%. For the poorest, it hits hardest - that is the consequence of Tory attacks.

Shorter lives and longer waits

Not only are the lives of the poorest in society getting shorter, but the amount of time spent on an NHS waiting list is growing too. If you live in the most deprived areas, the time spent waiting for a routine treatment on the NHS is up 50%, compared to 35% in more affluent areas.

Something else that is growing is the wealth of the super-rich. We say, use some of the £106 billion that was added to Britain's billionaire's bank accounts last year to pay for decent healthcare for all.

Two-faced Tesco

Two-faced Tesco has been speaking in riddles, telling the government one thing and unions another. The company has told the government that it is facing a driver shortfall that could lead to empty supermarket shelves at Christmas, but claims in pay negotiations with the union that it has a 400-driver waiting list to join the company. The reason for this doublespeak is revealed when Tesco says that it "does not believe it needs to substantially raise the wages of lorry drivers" in negotiations!

Child poverty

The government "has no strategy and no measurable objectives" to reduce child poverty, according to the chair of the cross-party work and pensions select committee. Before the pandemic, 31% of children in the UK were in poverty - 4.3 million. The pandemic will almost certainly have increased those figures.

You could argue that the government has a plan to increase child poverty. That is the effects of its policies - £20-a-week cut to Universal Credit, public sector pay freeze, rise in national insurance, etc.

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In The Socialist 29 September 2021:


What we think

Starmer consolidates post-Corbyn Blairite transformation of Labour


International

German election: A change of capitalist government, but disaster for Die Linke


People's budgets

Save our services


News

End profit-fuelled crisis

NHS workers reject 3% pay insult

Driver shortages - a view from the inside

News in brief


Black history month

Black history month and its relevance today


Climate change

CWI livestream rally report


Workplace news

NEU deputy general secretary election

Corby and Burton Latimer Weetabix engineers strike

Fightback to save Birmingham GKN jobs!

Flexibility to suit workers not the bosses

College workers walk out in pay dispute


Campaigns

London tenants v greedy contractors

Bromsgrove protest for NHS fair pay

Sabina Nessa vigil: End violence against women


Youth and Students

Join the fight for our future

Sunak's student special

More market chaos: York students given digs in Hull

Lots of sign-ups for Socialist Students at freshers

Youth climate protests are back


 

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