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Issue No. 2434

Benefit cap punishes poor

The Tories’ benefit cap is punishing poor claimants by an average of £70 a week—but getting almost none into work.

Research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies also found the cap cut only a thousandth of a percent of the welfare bill.

Teenagers left sleeping rough  

Councils are failing to protect homeless teenagers because of housing shortages and spending cuts.

Charity Coram Voice said homeless teenagers are forced to stay on the streets or in abusive homes because councils are not giving them safe accommodation.

Report reveals nuclear failure

Nuclear reactors across Britain have had to shut down 20 times a year, because of faults a report commissioned by a group of councils has revealed.

Supporters of nuclear power often claim it is more reliable than renewables.

The report also found potential threats to safety.

Court to rule on midwife case

The Supreme Court was due to rule in a case of two midwives who refuse to help provide abortion as Socialist Worker went to press.

The midwives want to refuse to delegate, supervise or support staff carrying out abortion procedures.

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Tue 16 Dec 2014, 16:52 GMT
Issue No. 2434
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