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8 July 2020

£1,600 less benefits if your job goes - while super-rich splash cash

Households suffering unemployment during the pandemic will get £1,600 per year less in benefits than in 2011

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1 July 2020

Benefits system being used to force return to unsafe workplaces

As previously reported in the Socialist, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which oversees the payment of unemployment benefit to millions, had previously eased the requirements for claiming Universal Credit

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24 June 2020

Over 30% of children living in poverty

Even before the pandemic, austerity policies had pushed an increasing number of families into poverty

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20 May 2020

Universal Basic Income: not a solution to insecurity and poverty under capitalism

None of the schemes with elements of UBI provide a decent level of income

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31 March 2020

Fight for safety, staffing and services - Covid chaos for benefits claimants

More than half a million claims to working-age benefits such as Jobseekers' Allowance and Universal Credit have been made in the last two weeks

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18 March 2020

PCS union demands better deal for benefits claimants

The government has announced new support for claimants who contract, or have to stay at home due to, Covid-19

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16 March 2020

Coronavirus - a workers charter 2020

Coronavirus reveals the capitalist system in crisis
Workers mustnít pay the price
Party document 16 March 2020

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12 February 2020

New BBC series - Insight or whitewash?

The BBC programme 'Universal Credit: inside the welfare state' is a series of three programmes on the highly criticised benefit system.

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6 November 2019

General election 2019 round-up

The latest developments in the general election campaign

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23 October 2019

Minimum wage: What should we be demanding?

In the last issue of the Socialist, we initiated a debate about how we can end low pay and what level of minimum wage we should be fighting for. Three readers have sent us their thoughts

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16 October 2019

China after the 1949 revolution: the benefits of the planned economy stifled by bureaucracy

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Chinese revolution. In the second of a series of articles marking that event, Tom Baldwin looks at the period following the declaration of the People's Republic of China.

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31 July 2019

Fighting Universal Credit

The Tories sold Universal Credit as a public money-saving scheme, combining several benefits into one. In reality the 'savings' were to come from reducing payouts.

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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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8 May 2019

Young and old, unite and fight!

A new House of Lords report is clearly an attack on pensioner benefits and an attempt to drive a wedge between older and younger people

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1 May 2019

Universal Credit disaster behind foodbank rise

Universal Credit is being blamed for the record rise in the use of foodbanks as families required them to provide 14 million meals in the last 12 months.

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17 April 2019

Real life on Universal Credit: "As soon as I get billed for my electric, I'm finished"

Hi. I'm Luke. I live alone and I'm on Universal Credit.

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10 April 2019

Them & us

It's one world for the super-rich, and enotehr for the rest of us. Socialism worries, bills, uni art splurge, agency austerity

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3 April 2019

Cuts and chaos. Enough. General election now!

Pro-capitalist politicians are united in wanting to keep Corbyn out. They are afraid of the millions of working-class people who could be mobilised if they see the opportunity to fight for socialist change.

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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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