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26 June 2019

Union action can tackle 58% working poverty rate

Almost two-fifths of those in poverty in the UK are also in work

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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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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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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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6 December 2017

End Tory war on poor

14 million people in the UK - over 20% of the population - are living below the poverty line

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14 December 2016

End the Tories' war on the working poor

55% of poor people now live in working households - for the first time on record.

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30 November 2016

Hospital admissions for malnutrition rise threefold

Resist Victorian living standards!: Hospitals have come under a new wave of pressure as the number of patients admitted with malnutrition has drastically increased.

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26 October 2016

Four in five self-employed workers living in poverty

Almost 80% of self-employed workers are living in poverty, according to Tax Research UK.

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5 October 2016

Millions have less than 100 savings

How much is in your savings account? According to a new report published by the under-threat Money Advice Service, 44% of UK workers have savings of less than 100.

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14 October 2015

Tory tax credit thieves take up to 1,700 a year from workers

It was with overwhelming shock that I learnt my family stands to lose around 140 a month. Tory cuts to tax credits will hit us hard when implemented in 2016. Some families stand to lose up to 1,700 a year.

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2 September 2015

Bin crash tragedy shows pressure on sick to work

There is enormous pressures on disabled and ill people to remain at work. Those who don't work face benefit cuts.

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photo Paul Mattsson

photo Paul Mattsson

26 November 2014

14 day deadline to breadline

Scandal of unequal Britain: Many MPs will be looking forward to 2015 - perhaps not to the general election but to the 11% pay rise they'll get if they survive it

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22 October 2014

Where's our recovery?

Tory triumphalism over rising employment masks the misery of millions of working class people in low pay Britain

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25 June 2014

Poverty Britain

Since the defeat of the miners' strike 30 years ago successive governments have continued the work started by Thatcher to take back all the gains in living standards previously won by workers

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17 April 2014

Food Bank use escalates

Nearly one million people now rely on food banks

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13 March 2014

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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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14 August 2013

Them & Us

Families in poverty: New research commissioned by the TUC shows:

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3 April 2013

Abolition of Agricultural Wages Board will result in increased rural poverty

The government is set to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) for agricultural workers in England and Wales in October...

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Hackney College UCU members protest June 2012

Hackney College UCU members protest June 2012 "Sack bankers not teachers", photo Paul Mattsson

27 June 2012

Breadline Britain - living in poverty

A series in the Guardian, Breadline Britain, has outlined some shocking statistics about poverty. These figures have smashed apart the Tory propaganda about 'scroungers' and 'the job-shy'...

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23 May 2012

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Big Society goes global: I think I have misjudged David Cameron. When he talked about the Big Society I did not realise it stretched all the way to Greece.

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