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Poverty


Stop the war on the poor

08 November 2016
Nearly half of all children in some areas of Britain are living in poverty. New figures this week released by the End Child Poverty coalition (ECPC) highlighted the savage impact of the Tories’ war on the poor.

Tories backtrack on deficit but are still out to line the bosses’ pockets

04 October 2016
Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed a “reset” of Tory economic policy in his speech on Monday, ditching any timetable for eliminating Britain’s deficit.

LETTERS: Cuts at councils are putting vulnerable children at risk

05 July 2016
The link between poverty and vulnerability is well known. There is a risk of children suffering harm ranging from emotional abuse to physical or sexual abuse.

Class has to be at the centre of the poverty debate in Scotland

05 April 2016
Gerry Mooney, editor of Poverty in Scotland 2016, talked to Raymie Kiernan about why poverty isn’t the fault of individuals but is the result of a class system

Workers or Shirkers? A BBC show about the poor that’s undeserving of praise

05 April 2016
Ian Hislop uses his new programme about people’s attitudes towards benefits to placate his ‘One Nation Tory’ conscience, writes Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Osborne's budget means cuts for the poor and handouts for the rich

18 March 2016
Cuts to taxes on corporate profits are being paid for by taking money from ordinary people

Unfair and unworkable, Iain Duncan Smith's 'flagship' is full of holes

03 February 2016
Universal Credit will make working families poorer and is mired in worse delays than ever, two new reports reveal.

It's official - benefit cuts to blame for man’s suicide

22 September 2015
The decision to stop severely ill Michael O’Sullivan’s benefits led directly to his death, a coroner has ruled.

Were claimants killed by benefit changes? DWP won't tell

21 July 2015
How did 49 people die after cuts or changes to their disability benefits? 

Manchester city square campers call for homes for homeless

12 May 2015
Around 200 people rallied in central Manchester last Saturday in solidarity with homeless people and supporters camped out in the town square.

News in brief

05 May 2015
Short news stories from the past week including deaths due to cuts to be investigated, Britain 24th in State of the World's Mothers report, and two deaths in custody.

Desperation in Detroit: ‘There’s so much tension, something’s going to explode’

23 September 2014
People in Detroit face a desperate situation as creditors circle—but their fury has also pushed some to resist, reports Judith Orr

New attacks lie behind Tory talk of protecting 'the family'

19 August 2014
The government’s aim to look at how policy affects the family is pure hypocrisy, writes Sadie Robinson

The real cost of the Commonwealth Games

22 July 2014
Millions of pounds have been poured into the Commonwealth Games, opening in Glasgow’s East End this week. But whoever wins, it certainly won’t be ordinary people in the area, write Charlotte Ahmed and Raymie Kiernan

Protesters demand an end to fuel poverty

13 May 2014
Shareholders at Centrica—the firm that owns British Gas—were met by a barrage of protests on Monday of this week.

Neither SNP nor Labour offer solutions to poverty in Scotland

08 April 2014
There have been few demands in the independence debate for far-reaching wealth redistribution. Class divisions are being overlooked in competing claims to “Scottishness” and other supposedly national characteristics. 

Scotland’s rich and poor have no common interest

08 April 2014
Supporting Scottish independence doesn’t mean falling for nationalist myths. Raymie Kiernan looks at a new book that busts Salmond’s claims about class

Tories fail to bury report on soaring food bank use

25 February 2014
The government tried to bury its own report into soaring food bank use last week, after holding it up for more than seven months.

Osborne makes a U-turn on payday loan sharks

26 November 2013
Tory Chancellor George Osborne did a U-turn on payday loans companies last Monday.

Filipinos fight to survive in aftermath of typhoon Haiyan

19 November 2013
People in the Philippines are still struggling to survive a week after typhoon Haiyan hit.

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