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From The Socialist newspaper, 1 December 2021
End fuel poverty
Pensioners at Parliament. Photo: James Ivens (Click to enlarge)
Pensioners and trade unionists protested against winter fuel poverty outside parliament on Friday 26 November. There are 32,000 excess deaths between December and March each year in the UK - 9,700 of them due to living in cold homes, according to National Energy Action and E3G.
The National Pensioners Convention, leading the protest, called for the government to ban further energy price hikes. It also demanded an increased winter fuel allowance and home insulation programme.
The Socialist Party participated in support of these demands. We say: nationalise the energy companies, under democratic working-class control, to ensure affordable warm homes for all!
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In The Socialist 1 December 2021:
Covid-19: New variant emerges but same old capitalist disease
27 dead in channel migrant tragedy
Bulb bailed out, nationalise energy to solve price crisis
Khan threatens further London transport cuts
Kickstart scheme 'insufficient and flawed'
Tories strengthen repressive laws
After COP26: where next for the climate movement?
Argentine elections see deepening polarisation
Wales: The Labour-Plaid Cymru agreement - jam tomorrow, maybe
Behind the rural idyll - the problems of everyday life
NHS workers - vote yes for action to win a decent pay rise
Staff and students unite against university bosses' attacks
UCU higher education disputes
Education unions lead campaign against Leicester academisation
RMT strikes against abolition of night tube train operators
South Yorkshire Stagecoach drivers strike against measly 1% pay offer
Nottingham and Mansfield trade unions rally against cuts and for better pay
Oaks Park school strike ends following forced concessions
East London mass non-payment wins housing victory
Marching to stop violence against women
Housing campaigners protest CEO champagners
Building a political alternative to Tory and Labour cuts
Stop the cuts to Uni arts funding
Plymouth: Hundreds attend vigil for Bobbi-Anne McLeod
Socialism 2021: How we reached our fighting fund appeal target
End fuel poverty
TV review: Valley of the Tears
The Socialist 1 December 2021 |
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