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8 July 2020
Households suffering unemployment during the pandemic will get £1,600 per year less in benefits than in 2011
1 July 2020
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
24 June 2020
Even before the pandemic, austerity policies had pushed an increasing number of families into poverty
20 May 2020
None of the schemes with elements of UBI provide a decent level of income
31 March 2020
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
18 March 2020
The government has announced new support for claimants who contract, or have to stay at home due to, Covid-19
16 March 2020
Coronavirus reveals the capitalist system in crisis
Workers mustnít pay the price
Party document 16 March 2020
12 February 2020
The BBC programme 'Universal Credit: inside the welfare state' is a series of three programmes on the highly criticised benefit system.
6 November 2019
The latest developments in the general election campaign
23 October 2019
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
16 October 2019
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.
31 July 2019
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.
19 June 2019
"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.
8 May 2019
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
1 May 2019
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.
17 April 2019
Hi. I'm Luke. I live alone and I'm on Universal Credit.
10 April 2019
It's one world for the super-rich, and enotehr for the rest of us. Socialism worries, bills, uni art splurge, agency austerity
3 April 2019
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.
3 April 2019
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.
13 March 2019
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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