Lexit campaign gathers support
Lexit: The Left Leave Campaign is holding a rally with speakers from across Europe to put an internationalist argument against the European Union.
Speakers include Brid Smith, TD (member of parliament) for People Before Profit in Ireland; Quim Arrufat, international secretary of left wing Catalan party CUP; Alex Callinicos, SWP; Lindsey German, Counterfire; speakers from the French CGT union confederation and the Greek anti-capitalist left.
Care homes crisis deepens
There was a 17.5 percent rise in the number of care home operators going bust last year in England and Wales.
The new figures show the impact of cuts to local authority funding. They also show bosses would rather go under than accept a dip in profit to pay care workers’ slightly higher wages.
Sanctions for those in work
The government is preparing to randomly select people on low wages and put them on the same sanctioning regime as unemployed people.
This means their benefits can be cut off if they don’t show they are doing enough to get better paid work.
Some workers already face sanctions as part of the new Universal Credit benefit.