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Amber Rudd in hot water after humiliating Universal Credit legal defeat

Amber Rudd in hot water after humiliating Universal Credit legal defeat 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

Fat Cat Friday shows the colossal social divide in Britain 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

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

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

Millions on Universal Credit left poorer by Tories’ budget

Millions on Universal Credit left poorer by Tories’ budget 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

Tory cuts to blame for child hunger in summer 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.

Richest 1 percent took 80 percent of wealth created globally last year

22 January 2018
July 2016 to July 2017 saw the sharpest increase in the number of billionaires ever recorded, says the Oxfam charity

Poverty report finds millions suffer hardship

05 December 2017
Tory rule has increased the number of children, pensioners and workers who live in poverty—reversing a long-term decline.

Misery in Tory Britain as Universal Credit lands domestic violence survivor with eviction threat

21 November 2017
Tory chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget will do nothing to end the regime of cuts, poverty and racism.

Anger as jobcentre bosses hold sick Universal Credit ‘rollout parties’

21 November 2017
As jobcentres switch to Universal Credit (UC), sick bosses are holding “rollout parties” to celebrate.

What are the odds of that? The Tories are in the pockets of the gambling bosses

06 November 2017
A report on fixed odds betting terminals is completely toothless in the face of big bookies—and refuses to admit that poverty causes problem gambling, argues Sarah Bates

Theresa May’s lukewarm plan for energy prices won’t pay the heating bill

13 October 2017
Some 2.3 million people are facing another winter where they don’t have enough money to heat their homes.

Action is urgently needed over pay as Tory ‘living wage’ is found too low to live on

21 August 2017
The Tories’ sham “living wage” is not even enough to allow families to support their children, according to a shock new report by the Child Poverty Action Group.

Sierre Leone mudslide death toll is no ‘natural’ disaster

15 August 2017
Landslides and flooding killed hundreds of people in the West African state of Sierra Leone on Monday.

Broken explores one priest’s conflict in a heartless world

31 May 2017
Jimmy McGovern’s new TV series promises to expose some of the monstrous practices that prey upon poverty rather than alleviate it, writes Sarah Cox

Student nurse slams Theresa May’s ‘disgraceful’ food bank comments

02 May 2017
Prime minister Theresa May is running away from questions and callously indifferent to the malign effects of her policies.

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