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Council cuts to services will fail those who rely on them

Council cuts to services will fail those who rely on them Reports suggest that the majority of local councils will impose further cuts. They’re caused by decades of austerity, not Covid-19, argue Sadie Robinson and Charlie Kimber

Sunak’s Tory budget gives away tax cuts to rich and big business

Sunak’s Tory budget gives away tax cuts to rich and big business Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget is Tory through and through. He promised a glut of tax cuts and giveaways for bosses and the rich—and threatened austerity for ordinary people in the future.

Tories refuse to accept protest letters from disabled people ahead of budget

Tories refuse to accept protest letters from disabled people ahead of budget The Tories snubbed some of the most vulnerable people in society ahead of this week’s budget, as they continued to prioritise the rich.

Sunak’s budget will bring cuts, poverty and unemployment

Sunak’s budget will bring cuts, poverty and unemployment The Tories are preparing to plunge many more working class people into poverty and despair. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under pressure to keep measures that support ordinary people in this week’s budget.

Scrapping Universal Credit £20 uplift will be ‘huge blow’

Scrapping Universal Credit £20 uplift will be ‘huge blow’ The fight is on to force the Tories to keep the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit (UC).

Why the protests in Russia?

Why the protests in Russia? Huge demonstrations in Russia are a challenge to Vladimir Putin’s regime. They reflect decades of failures by neoliberal and Stalinist regimes—and deserve much better leadership

Budget cuts and Tory failures are to blame for new floods misery

26 January 2021
Floods have caused misery across many parts of Britain as hundreds of homes have been severely damaged or destroyed.

Beware of Biden’s empty promises

19 January 2021
 Joe Biden was set to become US president on Wednesday this week, but don’t think that means ­justice for black people or an end to attacks on workers.

Tories to blame for NHS virus collapse

04 January 2021
Health workers say the NHS is “on the cusp of being overwhelmed” as hospitals struggle to cope with the surge in coronavirus cases.

Billionaires and corporations owe workers millions in unpaid wages

31 December 2020
Corporate giants and firms owned by billionaires have been exposed as not even paying their workers the minimum wage.

New report proves inequality has made the pandemic worse 

18 December 2020
Austerity and racism combined with Covid-19 to cause many thousands of deaths, says a health expert’s new analysis. Tomáš Tengely-Evans investigates

‘It’s important they know we won’t go away’—Grenfell activists speak out at Downing Street

15 December 2020
Monday marked three and a half years since the Grenfell Tower fire. A speak out took place outside Downing Street to remember the 72 victims.

Majority of teachers have worked in a school with homeless children

19 November 2020
Over half of teachers in Britain have worked at a school with children who were or became homeless in the past three years, according to a new study.

Croydon sends a sign of councils’ crisis

16 November 2020
Croydon council in south London has issued a section 114 notice banning all spending except for statutory services for vulnerable people.

Universal Credit claimants living in poverty during pandemic

11 November 2020
A TUC report, published this week, looked at the impact of forcing new Universal Credit claimants to wait five weeks for their first payment.

Landlords can turf out tenants despite ban

15 September 2020
People will continue to be made homeless despite an extension of the ban on eviction enforcement announced by the Tories last week.  

No Fixed Abode—why homelessness isn’t inevitable

13 September 2020
The solution to ­homelessness in Britain is “almost laughably simple” according to Maeve McClenaghan, author of a new book on the issue.

Tories—not young people—risk our lives

08 September 2020
The Tories are casting about for someone to blame for rising coronavirus cases. Their current favourite scapegoat is young people.  

A win for Tower Hamlets council workers would be a victory for us all

17 July 2020
Striking council workers in east London concluded their second round of strikes on Friday with defiant picket lines and a vow to keep on fighting.

Councils use virus crisis to plan grim new cuts

14 July 2020
Local councils across England plan swingeing cuts in the wake of the ­coronavirus pandemic.

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