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1 July 2020
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
20 May 2020
None of the schemes with elements of UBI provide a decent level of income
28 November 2018
Nat West bank made an ultimatum to a Belfast landlord seeking to remortgage their buy-to-let flat - either evict your vulnerable older tenant or seek a mortgage elsewhere.
26 September 2018
Non-fiction: Don't Let My Past Be Your Future: Harry Leslie Smith, the World War Two veteran and welfare state campaigner, has crossed the supposed generational divide and issued a "call to arms" to young people to organise to change society.
14 February 2018
Across the country, not only transport workers but construction and manufacturing unions were on strike, with a tenth of Finland's workers - 200,000 - downing tools
17 January 2018
Many foster carers cannot maintain a day job if they have a challenging young person to care for, and so rely wholly on their council allowance
3 January 2018
As an individual with mental health issues, it has been my misfortune to experience directly just how capitalist society, Britain 2017, treats such people. I can't imagine that my experience is particularly unique.
19 April 2017
The prospect of explaining this inhumane process to women who have already experienced horrific trauma is unacceptable
19 April 2017
Over 900 carers quit every day last year in England
12 April 2017
Tory caps on housing benefits have left thousands of families with only 50p a week for rent.
15 February 2017
The 'precariat' is costing public funds nearly £4 billion a year in lost taxation and benefits
11 February 2017
THE BEVERIDGE Report advocated full employment and the creation of a welfare state. It was 1942 and the second world war had raised workers' expectations of a better future. Thousands had died and those
14 December 2016
Councils may start seizing the homes of elderly people after death to pay care bills. Ministers are also considering letting local authorities charge more council tax to cover them. Councils should instead fight for more funding, and for care to be nationalised.
7 December 2016
An admin error robbed thousands of families with disabled kids of up to £4,400 a year
23 November 2016
As profits for Tory toffs steadily climb, low-income working families will be left £2,543 worse off by 2020. Lift the benefit cap!
2 November 2016
Thousands of people have died since the implementation of 'work capability assessments'. This is what the new Ken Loach film 'I, Daniel Blake' is all about. Enough is enough with this inhumane system!
12 October 2016
Concentrix, a private US firm used by HM Revenue and Customs to cut tax credit payments, has been receiving suicidal calls from claimants - as a result of losing their payments thrusting them deeper into poverty.
1 June 2016
Getting a job in austerity Britain is not a guaranteed or easy thing. I am a recent university graduate, and have spent the past couple of months job hunting. I can see how hard it can be to get your foot in the door - then we have this ridiculous 'advice' from the DWP.
23 March 2016
Cuts that destroy vulnerable lives: "The feature 'Mental health - system in crisis' was excellent and highlighted very well the viewpoints of both a mental health worker and a service user. I thought it would good to add to the topic with the impact on carers and families."
16 March 2016
Tory chancellor George Osborne plans to cut £1.2 billion from benefits which help disabled people live independently, writes Adrian Picton, Disabled worker.
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