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21 October 2020

Fight for your future at the online rally

Youth unemployment has reached 13%. On 25 October, students and young workers will be come together from across the country in an online rally hosted by Young Socialists and Socialist Students

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14 October 2020

Under the microscope

Coronavirus news in brief.

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7 October 2020

Film: 'Sick' - 'They've got people looking in the wrong direction'

'Sick' is a heart-wrenching drama/documentary that uses the real stories of benefit claimants battling, and sometimes losing to, the system to claim Personal Independence Payment, and also work capability assessments for Employment Support Allowance.

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30 September 2020

PCS: No to DWP management's plans - Yes to action

PCS union members in the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) are reacting furiously to management's rush to book appointments in all the Jobcentres, a move especially targeted at 18-to-24 year olds

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30 September 2020

Job Support Scheme - too little, too late

I was working with an agency. I started in April. I was doing about 30 hours a week with them, so regular work. As soon as Covid hit, I was let go with immediate effect.

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30 September 2020

Tory scheme won't halt mass unemployment: mobilise the unions!

It should be renamed the 'job scrapping scheme'.

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16 September 2020

Under the microscope

Coronavirus news in brief: bosses' pandemic profit bonanza, privatised testing and treatment fiasco

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2 September 2020

Welfare after Covid-19

Between February and June 2020 the number of claims for Universal Credit doubled

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5 August 2020

Tories' obesity plans - blaming individuals not the profit system

First, the elderly were told to shield from Covid-19. Then, statistics revealed a disproportionate number of people from ethnic minorities were dying from the virus. Now, obesity is being linked to a serious risk of fatality from the virus.

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15 July 2020

Workers and young people need planning for jobs, not handouts for bosses

Like every aspect of the government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Rishi Sunak's "plan for jobs" is more headline than substance, and doomed to fail in its stated aims.

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8 July 2020

1,600 less benefits if your job goes - while super-rich splash cash

Households suffering unemployment during the pandemic will get 1,600 per year less in benefits than in 2011

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8 July 2020

Jobcentre reopening: only union struggle will put safety first

Jobcentres have become the latest battleground between workers' desire to work in safety and employers' desire to reopen services, ready or not.

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1 July 2020

From slavery to Black Lives Matter - racism and capitalist injustice exposed

TV review: 13th: I was encouraged to watch this documentary by my daughter who has recently been motivated to go to her first protest, the Black Lives Matter demos against racism.

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1 July 2020

Benefits system being used to force return to unsafe workplaces

As previously reported in the Socialist, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), which oversees the payment of unemployment benefit to millions, had previously eased the requirements for claiming Universal Credit

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24 June 2020

Over 30% of children living in poverty

Even before the pandemic, austerity policies had pushed an increasing number of families into poverty

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17 June 2020

Reform or revolt? How was the slave trade abolished?

The slave trade between the west coast of Africa and the Americas over a period of 300 to 400 years was probably one of the most barbaric periods of exploitation in history

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20 May 2020

Universal Basic Income: not a solution to insecurity and poverty under capitalism

None of the schemes with elements of UBI provide a decent level of income

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20 May 2020

Furlough cut-off could force millions back to unsafe workplaces

Will my boss starve me back to work this summer? It's a question that might start keeping furloughed workers up at night

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20 April 2020

Management tells carers PPE would 'worry' residents

My sister works as a carer in a local privately run care home. She has been worried sick over the policies for coronavirus not being implemented there

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31 March 2020

Fight for safety, staffing and services - Covid chaos for benefits claimants

More than half a million claims to working-age benefits such as Jobseekers' Allowance and Universal Credit have been made in the last two weeks

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