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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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A housing protest on the Seven Stars estate in Wrekenton, Gateshead, photo Elaine Brunskill

A housing protest on the Seven Stars estate in Wrekenton, Gateshead, photo Elaine Brunskill

3 November 2010

Housing: Rent caps, not benefit caps

'NO-ONE should ever be worse off working than they would be on benefits'. This is the carefully chosen mantra repeated time and again by Cameron, Osborne, Clegg and the rest of the Con-Dem wrecking crew...

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18 August 2010

Private-profit company granted 'snoopers' charter'

PRIME MINISTER David Cameron, using the cover of tackling fraud, is bringing in credit referencing company Experian to challenge the claims of benefit claimants, writes Chris Newby.

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7 July 2010

Housing benefit cuts - increasing homelessness

The budget changes to housing benefit will make the mass of working and middle class people far more insecure in their homes, writes The idea that 'an Englishman's home is his castle' clearly doesn't impress George Osborne!.

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Jobs and Homes Not Racism - Youth Fight For Jobs banner on anti-EDL demonstration in Tower Hamlets, London, photo East London Socialist Party

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23 June 2010

Young people: fight for your future!

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show that unemployment has risen by 23,000 since April. On average there are five benefit claimants for every one job vacancy throughout the UK. This is the grim reality of how ordinary people are being affected by the crisis, writes Mark Nicholson.

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