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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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22 August 2012

Scrounger? The truth about living on the dole

Following redundancy after six years at a local authority, last summer I had to claim Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA), and discover first-hand the inequities of the benefits system, writes Paul, London.

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27 June 2012

Poverty and job worries hit mental health

A leaked memo from senior Jobcentre executives to staff warns of an increased risk of benefit claimants attempting suicide as a result of changes to sickness benefit...

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Workfare protest targets A4e, photo Socialist Party

Workfare protest targets A4e, photo Socialist Party

7 March 2012

A4e - The inside story

The welfare state is now a lucrative business - Emma Harrison's contract as A4e chief was worth around 200 million

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29 February 2012

Interview with a jobcentre worker

What workfare really means: Workfare is a catch-all term used to describe the various unpaid work schemes the government operates through the Department for Work and Pensions

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Anti-cuts and disabled activists protesting against Welfare Reform Bill, London 28.1.12 , pic Ben Robinson

Anti-cuts and disabled activists protesting against Welfare Reform Bill, London 28.1.12 , pic Ben Robinson

8 February 2012

Scrap the Welfare Reform Bill

Like many disabled people, I have followed the course of the Con-Dems' Welfare Reform Bill (WRB) with dread, writes Mark Wright, Harlow Socialist Party.

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8 February 2012

Exploiting the unemployed to line the pockets of big business

The introduction of the government's flagship welfare service the Work Programme has been criticised recently in a National Audit Office (NAO) report, writes Katrine Williams, PCS Wales chair.

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25 January 2012

Welfare Reform Bill: Lords confusion exposes limits of campaigners' strategy

The House of Lords recently amended the government's Welfare Reform Bill to retain the three month qualifying period for claimants...

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18 January 2012

Welfare Reform Bill:- Lords compromise is no victory

On 11 January, the House of Lords rejected the Con-Dem coalition government's proposal in its misnamed welfare reform bill to limit the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) that is contribution-based for disabled and sick claimants to one year, a disabled activist writes.

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19 October 2011

The Hardest Hit protests

Stop government attacks on disabled: In the coming weeks the much talked about Welfare Reform Bill gets voted on in parliament. As for myself and many other disabled people this is a deeply worrying time, writes Mark Wright.

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7 September 2011

One in a million...fighting back!

I am one in a million, a million unemployed young people in the country at the moment. What does one million mean? A million is not a statistic - it is a million individual tragedies, writes Scott Jones.

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3 August 2011

Disability rights

Vicious Tory bullies hit...: Government ministers, aided and abetted by the right wing media, have labelled the majority of disability benefit claimants as scroungers after the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said 39% were fully fit for work

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1 June 2011

TUC disability conference

Disabled people are in the front line of the government's attacks on the welfare state. The government has made a critical error

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24 March 2011

Worst cuts since 1920s...

This government has declared war our living standards. Public sector workers, and many in the private sector, face huge job losses, pay freezes and attacks on their pensions...

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2 February 2011

Stop attacks on disabled claimants

Defend the right to protest: on 24 January police 'kettled' a peaceful demonstration outside the central London headquarters of Atos Origin, writes By a Unison member.

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26 January 2011

DWP contact centre strike

As Unemployment figures jumped again, Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) civil servants in the PCS union were taking strike action to provide a decent service to claimants...

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11 November 2010

What the capitalist cuts really mean

EVEN BEFORE the Con-Dem government's cuts hit hard, the economic crisis and neoliberal economic policies are cutting jobs and making job-seeking harder and even more exploited...

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