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Issue No. 2502

Judges rule against Tories

Thousands of people who had their unemployment benefits stopped for not going to mandatory “workfare” programmes could be in for a £130 million refund.

Court of Appeal judges last week dismissed a government challenge to a High Court ruling against workfare in the Poundland case of 2014.

Liberty House to buy Tata?

Engineering and commodities giant Liberty House was set to bid to buy Tata Steel’s remaining assets in Britain as Socialist Worker went to press. These include the Port Talbot steel works.

Some bosses are also preparing to bid for a buyout.

DWP staff sick of cruel policy

More sick days are lost at the Department of Work and Pensions to depression and anxiety than any other illness, new figures show.

PCS union leader Mark Serwotka said the figures showed the pressure on workers carrying out “cruel” government policies.

Rich people live longer shock

The gap between the lifespans of rich and poor people in England and Wales has been rising for the first time since the 1870s, research suggests. Everyone is living longer but rich people’s lives are extending faster.

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