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British society scarred by deep poverty and racism

British society scarred by deep poverty and racism A new report shows 14.4 million people, including 4.5 million children, are living in poverty—and it’s even worse for black people, writes Sadie Robinson

Millions in Britain in poverty—and virus will make it worse

Millions in Britain in poverty—and virus will make it worse Over a million and a half more people in Britain live in deep poverty today compared to 20 years ago

Debt, cutting back on food, endless stress—the reality of life on Universal Credit

Debt, cutting back on food, endless stress—the reality of life on Universal Credit Nearly two thirds of families who receive Universal Credit have been pushed into borrowing money to survive

Tories plan to use the whip of hardship to force people back to work

Tories plan to use the whip of hardship to force people back to work Workers fear unemployment and poverty if the Tories slash the Job Retention Scheme

Tory government has lied over free school meals for poor children

Tory government has lied over free school meals for poor children Many parents across England have been unable to access vouchers or meals to support children while schools are closed due to the crisis.

People forced to food banks as they are ‘swept into destitution’

01 May 2020
Huge numbers of people are being driven to food banks as the coronavirus crisis deepens

The woman who is taking Universal Credit to court

04 February 2020
Hated benefits rules left Nichola Salvato in debt over childcare costs. Now, reports Sadie Robinson, she’s on a legal crusade to have them overturned

True horror of housing benefits in Tory Britain

14 January 2020
Hundreds of people are being driven into homelessness by errors in housing benefits appeals and overpayments.

Tories’ lies over ‘tragic’ scale of poverty exposed

24 May 2019
Severe hardship is “systematic” in Britain according to a report by the United Nations—and the nasty party is to blame. Nick Clark looks at its findings

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.

Fat Cat Friday shows the colossal social divide in Britain

03 January 2019
At 1pm on Friday top bosses will have been paid as much as the average worker makes in a year.

News round-up - more workers are in poverty, says new charity report

04 December 2018
A fifth of the population in Britain is in poverty according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation charity—and some four million are workers.

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

Millions on Universal Credit left poorer by Tories’ budget

13 November 2018
A majority of claimants will still be worse off under the Tories’ Universal Credit (UC) despite extra money promised in the budget.

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

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.

Jeff Bezos - prime suspect

22 July 2018
The truth about the billionaire Amazon boss

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

Young workers hit hard, says new TUC study

03 June 2018
A series of figures have shown the heavy price of austerity on workers’ living standards.

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