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Tory austerity destroys lives for ideological reasons, says UN official

Tory austerity destroys lives for ideological reasons, says UN official "What I saw is a lot of misery. A lot of people feel the system is failing them. They feel the system is there just to punish them,” said the UN's Philip Alston

Meagre ‘handouts’ and more cuts—why Philip Hammond’s budget isn’t the end of austerity

Meagre ‘handouts’ and more cuts—why Philip Hammond’s budget isn’t the end of austerity Tory chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget on Monday confirmed that austerity is not over.

Benefit sanctions leave people "suicidal", scared and homeless, finds study

Benefit sanctions leave people suicidal, scared and homeless, finds study Benefit sanctions are “life threatening” for some disabled claimants, according to a new study. And the constant threat of sanctions leaves many “living in a state of constant anxiety”.

‘Benefits regime pushed me to the edge’

‘Benefits regime pushed me to the edge’ The Tories’ rollout of Universal Credit has driven thousands of working class people into hunger, homelessness and debt—and some to death. People living through the war on benefits told Sadie Robinson why it should be scrapped

Woman on benefits says—‘Tory benefit cuts forced me to starve’

Woman on benefits says—‘Tory benefit cuts forced me to starve’ The Universal Credit benefits regime has to be scrapped

Barnet Tory council’s latest privatising fraud revealed 

Barnet Tory council’s latest privatising fraud revealed  Outsourcing has been rife at Barnet council in north London. A new report shows how corruption developed in privatised services, reports Sarah Bates

Strikers lead anti-Tory march in Birmingham

29 September 2018
Chants of “Tory scum, get out of Brum” rang out in Birmingham on Saturday as around 1,200 people joined a march ahead of the Tory party conference.

Ten years from Lehman Brothers—The day the system nearly collapsed

08 September 2018
When US banking giant Lehman Brothers collapsed a decade ago, it marked the beginning of a gigantic crash that bosses still want us to pay for today.

Deregulation led to Grenfell Tower fire, argues new firefighters’ union report

06 September 2018
Firefighters were not responsible for people dying in the Grenfell Tower fire, despite the propaganda campaign being mounted against them.

Tory cuts to blame for child hunger in summer

28 August 2018
Almost a decade of austerity has left millions of children at risk of hunger, says Sarah Bates

Falling budget deficit means little to those at the bottom

27 August 2018
Sarah Bates argues that Tory boasting about reducing the deficit does not tell the real human cost behind austerity

Council care fails children

21 August 2018
Children looked after by local authorities are facing a “silent crisis”, new research by the Social Market Foundation thinktank indicates.

Syriza signs up for decades more austerity as final bailout deal ends in Greece

20 August 2018
Greece exited its final bailout agreement on Monday—the mechanism through which the European Union (EU) and the bankers have forced austerity on ordinary Greeks.

Campaigners protest as Northamptonshire council votes through brutal cuts plan

10 August 2018
Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) voted through swingeing cuts on Wednesday. Council services are set to be completely decimated.

Northamptonshire council crisis means most vulnerable will pay

02 August 2018
Northamptonshire county council (NCC) is teetering on the edge of complete disaster, leaving lives at risk.

Early deaths for the poor—shame of Tory Britain

31 July 2018
Poverty shapes every aspect of our lives—as a BBC documentary highlighted this week.

Civil service pay ballot shows how Tory law can threaten collective action

24 July 2018
A public sector union’s fight over pay came up against Tory restrictions on the right to strike

Reject shoddy Tory pay deals

24 July 2018
The Tories announced pay deals for a million public sector workers in England this week. They are below inflation for most, and will mean more cuts.

Care workers lose wages after court ruling as bosses blame them for crisis

17 July 2018
A legal decision is set to rob thousands of pounds from care workers’ wages.

Not in service—years of cuts behind the crisis on the buses

17 July 2018
The Tories have slashed funding for bus services by nearly £200 million since 2010—leaving local bus services struggling. For some bus users the impact is devastating, says Sarah Bates

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