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Strike to stop suffering at Universal Credit centres

13 March 2019
Workers who manage people’s claims for the hated Universal Credit (UC) benefit began a two-day strike on Monday to win a better service for claimants.

We can be powerful when we fight together

12 March 2019
Amid the stifling narrowness of official politics in Britain, there are some very welcome signs of change this week.

Tory benefits freeze has caused misery for tens of thousands

11 March 2019
Shocking new figures have revealed the terrible toll inflicted by the Tory benefit freeze ahead of chancellor Philip Hammond’s spending statement on Wednesday.

A documentary that exposes horrors of domestic abuse in Tory Britain

05 March 2019
This Dispatches documentary is a gruelling look at a refuge for women fleeing domestic abuse.

Shocking figures show need for a fight over poverty pay

28 February 2019
Shocking new figures have revealed that more than a million public sector workers are paid below the voluntary living wage.

Workers across Europe strike back against austerity

19 February 2019
The economic and social policies pushed by the European Union (EU) are often described as a haven from inequality and crisis.

Spanish elections will highlight Catalan struggle and continuing austerity

16 February 2019
Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez of the Labour-type PSOE party has dissolved parliament and called elections for 28 April.

Philip Hammond has to spend more to ‘end austerity’

12 February 2019
Tory chancellor Philip Hammond has to spend billions more to meet his pledge to end austerity, a think tank has said.

We're cut as the rich prosper

29 January 2019
Working class people everywhere have been hit hard by Tory cuts.

Zimbabwe eyewitness - ‘The government has declared war on its citizens’

20 January 2019
Workers and the poor rose up against the government, and they face bitter repression

Revolt in Zimbabwe against austerity and dictatorship

14 January 2019
Workers and the poor are staying away from work, demonstrating and fighting the police

Amber Rudd in hot water after humiliating Universal Credit legal defeat

11 January 2019
Four women workers won a high court challenge to the Tories’ Universal Credit (UC) scheme on Friday.

Universal Credit claimants forced to beg online to get by

01 January 2019
Hundreds of people have been forced to beg for money online because of the Tories’ hated Universal Credit (UC) benefit.

Workers thousands of pounds worse off than a decade ago—time for a pay fight

17 December 2018
Wages are still worth a third less in some parts of Britain than a decade ago

The Troublemaker—MPs hide how £3 billion gets spent on spooks in Britain

27 November 2018
Matthew Hedges said in the UAE last week he was a spy, and this week said he wasn’t.

Tory austerity destroys lives for ideological reasons, says UN official

16 November 2018
"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

29 October 2018
Tory chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget on Monday confirmed that austerity is not over.

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

14 October 2018
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’

14 October 2018
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’

09 October 2018
The Universal Credit benefits regime has to be scrapped

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