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17 April 2019

20 years of the minimum wage: Fight for a real living wage for every worker

The minimum wage was one of the very few pro-worker steps taken by a right-wing Labour government

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17 April 2019

Cuts drive council tax debt

During the campaign against the Poll Tax, we used to say that the tax was unfair because a lord in his manor was expected to pay the same as a dustman down the road.

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3 April 2019

Working families in poverty: fund homes and childcare

In the UK, 2.9 million children from working families are now living in poverty, reports the Department for Work and Pensions. And more than a third of babies are living below the poverty line, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

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20 March 2019

Top unis threaten cuts if tuition fees

The elitist club of top universities known as the Russell Group has recently threatened that any reduction of student tuition fees will result in cuts to course numbers, as well as the arts and social mobility programmes.

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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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13 March 2019

Anger after violent youth deaths - Communities need public services not cuts

So far this year, ten teenagers have already lost their lives in London as a result of knife crime. In response to these tragedies, people are rightly demanding action to keep communities safe.

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6 March 2019

Trade union action to end low pay now!

Poverty pay for 1.2 million public sector workers. 2.7% pay rise for MPs: More than one million public sector workers are paid less than the minimum amount needed to make ends meet, as set by the Living Wage Foundation. They calculate this as 9 an hour, or 10.55 in London.

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20 February 2019

New recession fear stalks the world economy

2018 marked ten years since the collapse of Lehman Brothers bank which plunged the world economy into the deepest economic recession since the 1930s.

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20 February 2019

Annoyed?! I'm annoyed to be on poverty wages

There was another lively picket outside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London on 13 February. The staff, PCS members, are outsourced on contracts that pay poverty wages. They want to be brought back in-house and paid a living wage.

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20 February 2019

Harrowing accounts of austerity at Unison women's conference

Delegates at the women's conference of public sector union Unison gave harrowing accounts of living their lives in debt, and how they have been reduced to choosing between eating and heating while trying to put food on the table for their families.

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20 February 2019

What we saw

"Socialism is storming back" declares the Economist magazine. It points out that 51% of 'millennials' in the US aged 18-29 have a positive view of socialism

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16 January 2019

The Socialist Inbox

Letters to the editors: Do you have something to say? Keresley shooting, debt crash, BT tribunal

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9 January 2019

'Fat Cat Friday' shows where all the money's gone

I hadn't even received my first paycheque of the new year when the average chief executive of a FTSE 100 company had already 'earned' more than my entire annual salary - in less than three days!

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12 December 2018

Cuts and NHS crisis result in 'excess' elderly deaths

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics reveal that there were 50,100 'excess deaths' in England and Wales in the winter of 2017-18, the highest number since the mid-1970s.

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5 December 2018

Austerity: not one more day - Tories out now

Events have confirmed the weak and feeble position of the Tories. Now we must seize the time, mobilise around the call for an immediate general election, and drive the Tories out! Join us in this fight!

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28 November 2018

Wonderful socialist play finds Edwardian poverty not in past

Theatre: The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists: On a cold November evening, myself and other Newcastle Socialist Party members went along to see The Ragged-Trousered Philanthropists. To say it was wonderful is an understatement

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28 November 2018

End "poverty, ill health and despair":a benefits adviser speaks out against the cuts

I have worked, since leaving college - 22 years - solely in benefits. I have witnessed the systematic destruction of a support system meant to help those who need it most, creating a widespread situation

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22 November 2018

In defence of socialist feminism

As the age of austerity arising from the great crash of 2007-2008 enters its second decade, a new movement of women struggling against their oppression is taking shape

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21 November 2018

Even UN slams Tory poorhouse Britain

General election now to reverse austerity! A United Nations special envoy has published a report that harshly condemns poverty in the UK, and links the capitalist establishment's brutal austerity programme to it directly.

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31 October 2018

Homelessness, Universal Credit misery, high rents, cramped flats, isolated estates...end the housing crisis!

Housing in Britain is in crisis. Bailiffs were called to a house in Hove on 26 October after the tenant - struggling to get by on Universal Credit - fell into rent arrears.

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