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Billionaires boom in Britain

As wages are being slashed and austerity forced upon the poorest, the rich are getting richer. 

More workers join unions as austerity bites

A recent report shows an increase in trade union membership last year. Sadie Robinson looks behind the figures at who’s signing up, where and why

Patience pays off when building in your workplace

I started working in the voluntary sector in 1994. We were expected to work all hours. 

Figures show union diversity

Unions are more diverse than we are often told. Firstly black workers are more likely to be in unions than white.

Secret prison shows up Britain's dirty role in war

The government claims that the military is in Afghanistan to uphold the law. But Ken Olende shows the brutal reality behind Britain’s ‘war on terror’

The Texan firm behind Camp Bastion

Camp Bastion is the main British base in Afghanistan. It is four miles long and accommodates 28,000 people. It was built in 2006 and is the largest British base built abroad since the Second World War. 

Avoiding tax is standard practice for giant firms

David Cameron says he is cracking down on tax avoidance, but Dave Sewell shows the cosy relationship between the government and the corporations

How Tory benefit lies create a job centre crisis

The government claims that its benefits changes will help those out of work. But Annette Mackin looks at how the cuts hurt both workers and claimants

Royal Mail privatisation will drag down standards

Dave Sewell looks at the Tory government’s plan to privatise Royal Mail and explains why it is a money-making gimmick that offers no benefits

Postal workers need to take action to stop selloff

The postal service will be ruined if the sale goes ahead. We’ll see the end of universal service. Prices will go up, but it’s also the quality of service.

TNT delivers twice weakly

TNT is trialling a delivery service in west London. It delivers twice a week instead of once a day. 

Desperate times hidden by crime report spin

 New statistics have been heralded as showing that crime is not linked to poverty. Annette Mackin looks beyond the hype to a bitterly divided society

Right wing think tank behind the new 'peace index'

Newspapers have claimed that Britain is at its most peaceful in years.

Suicide is up as austerity bites

The fall in crime figures does not mean there’s an improved sense of wellbeing in Britain. 

A soft touch for crooked cops

In the last year 87 Scotland Yard police officers accused of sexual assault, racism and theft were allowed to resign before their case was completed. 

Link between immigration and crime is 'insignificant'

The connection between crime and immigration is “close to zero and insignificant” research has found. 

What really caused the crisis in school places?

Some 118,000 children in London could be without a school place by 2016 according to the London Councils group. 

Academies and free schools - part of the school places problem

The NUT teachers’ union has exposed the illogical result of the government’s commitment to academies and free schools.

Flocking to the capital for work

The number of people moving to London from elsewhere in Britain has gone up since the recession began. The number leaving London has fallen.

School places crisis - bad stats and bad estimates

The “leap” in the number of children estimated to need school places has been exaggerated because previous estimates were wrong.

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