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8 July 2015

Them & Us

Short dispatches on the utter hypocrisy of the bosses and their politicians.

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8 July 2015

Low-income tenants face rent hikes

The Tory government intends to slash housing benefit (HB) for low income households.

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The planned cuts will hit disabled people and their carers, photo Paul Mattsson

1 April 2015

No cuts to welfare!

Brutal Tory axe to fall on poor: The Tories plan to savagely cut 12 billion from welfare benefits. This brutal axe will fall on disabled people and carers, among many low-income and vulnerable households

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25 March 2015

Them & Us

Profits from illness: A Unite union report has revealed that many of the big private healthcare companies aiming to get lucrative contracts from the NHS budget operate through offshore tax havens

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28 January 2015

Government welfare cuts: No to sanctions!

Millions in the UK are suffering the effects of unemployment. For many it's a daily struggle with a complicated bureaucracy, the effects of poverty and the countless rejections from job applications

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7 January 2015

Benefit sanctions ruin lives

The target driven use of punitive benefit sanctions on poor people by this government of millionaires is a national disgrace

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5 November 2014

The Con-Dems' Machiavellian cuts

Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), a replacement for Incapacity Benefit, was introduced in 2008 for paying benefits to those too ill to work or with a disability

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16 July 2014

Them & Us

Tough at the top: Poverty pay and the cost of living crisis are the big issues for many workers and their families. But for those at the top, life it seems couldn't be better

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25 June 2014

Them & Us

National scandal: The Living Wage Commission has called for one million workers to enjoy a 'living wage' by 2020. Chairman Archbishop Sentamu said: "Working and still living in poverty is a national scandal."

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13 March 2014

Them & Us

Poverty safari: The idle rich used to go on big game safaris. Now it seems that 'poverty safaris' are all the rage

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5,000 people marched against the Welfare Reform Bill on 11 May 2011, photo Paul Mattsson

26 February 2014

'Welfare reform' - an avalanche of misery

"We must, as a society, face up to the fact that over half of people using foodbanks have been put in that situation by cutbacks to and failures in the benefit system, whether it be payment delays or punitive sanctions." These aren't the words of an opposition politician or an angry protester

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29 January 2014

Them and Us

Not giving Atos: Atos, the private company used by the government to conduct its work capability assessments of disabled welfare claimants, is notorious for accusations of harassing claimants

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13 November 2013

Benefit sanction figures expose Tory lies

On 6 November, the DWP issued figures for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and Employment Support Allowance (ESA) claimants sanctioned under new rules brought in from October last year, and last June, writes an advice centre worker.

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6 November 2013

Build a mass movement to defeat workfare and all cuts

On 30 October the Supreme Court quashed the government's appeal against Cait Reilly and Jamieson Wilson legal victory over workfare, writes Helen Pattison, Youth Fight for Jobs London.

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10 July 2013

Them & Us

Child benefit: Before MPs collect an anticipated 10,000 a year pay rise, our hard pressed politicians have been forced to claim expenses on their children

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15 May 2013

Con-Dems' benefit fact fraud

A survey carried out by the TUC earlier this year revealed that people believe, on average, that 27% of the welfare budget is claimed fraudulently, writes Ben Golightly.

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3 April 2013

Workfare and the Labour Party: 'A less than stellar party'

Like many people I was astounded by the Parliamentary Labour Party abstention on the emergency legislation enacted to undo the legal victory won by Cait Reilly and Jamieson Wilson against forced workfare, writes Nancy Taaffe

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27 March 2013

The 'workfare bill' and sanctions targets

Con-Dems have no solutions to unemployment: On budget day, the latest unemployment figures were published and showed yet another increase in the number of people out of work, writes Dan Crowter, Coventry Socialist Party.

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Speaking at the rally, photo Becky Davies

21 January 2013

Stop attacking benefit claimants, says Cardiff demo

Nearly a hundred people braved the cold on Saturday 12 January in Cardiff to protest against attempts to scapegoat benefit claimants

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10 October 2012

No welfare cuts

Benefit booze-ups are a Tory fantasy!: The welfare system has been in the news again this week with Tories threatening a further 10 billion in cuts to the welfare budget, writes Sean Dempsey, Jobcentre worker.

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