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Labour will rename Universal Credit, but won’t pledge to restore £20 a week cut

Labour will rename Universal Credit, but won’t pledge to restore £20 a week cut As 2.3 million claimants face cuts, Labour offers only empty words

Big pharma caught over charging and missing tax

Big pharma caught over charging and missing tax Top drug companies have been found guilty of increasing the price of a life-saving steroid treatment by more than 10,000 per cent and ­paying rivals to stay out of the market.

Priti Patel was lobbying over dodgy PPE deals

Priti Patel was lobbying over dodgy PPE deals Home secretary Priti Patel faces fresh questions over lobbying to help her former adviser land multimillion pound PPE deals.

One in six working households below poverty line, says new report

One in six working households below poverty line, says new report Poverty is accelerating and workers are increasingly hit as well as people on benefits.

Dpac action + Clyde strikes + Local government pay

Dpac action  + Clyde strikes + Local government pay Workers are set to strike at the Coulport and Faslane naval bases on the Clyde from 12 March.

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.

Tories plan a budget for the bosses

23 February 2021
Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget announcement next Wednesday will lay out the plan for who pays for the crisis—and he’ll be pushing to make sure it’s ordinary people.

Private firm puts patients and workers at virus risk

23 February 2021
The scandal of private contracts in the NHS has focused this week on health secretary Matt Hancock’s dodgy dealings during the pandemic.

Protesters take to the streets against benefit cuts

08 February 2021
Groups of activists in People Before Profit and other groups across Britain staged protests as part of a national day of action last Saturday.

Damning study shows attacks on benefits have terrible toll on mental health

03 February 2021
Attacks on benefits have led to soaring mental health problems and more people taking their own lives.

Chagos Islanders denied money from support fund

02 February 2021
Less than £12,000 of a £40 million fund set up to compensate Chagos islanders who were forcibly evicted from their home by the British government has reached those living here.

Legal win in Universal Credit childcare fight

25 January 2021
A woman has won a legal challenge against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over its childcare benefit rules.  

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.

People Before Profit campaigners demand more jobs protection for workers

31 October 2020
Hundreds of people joined an online rally and physical protests against the “job loss nightmare” on Halloween.

People Before Profit launch emergency jobs programme

26 September 2020
Labour MPs, trade unionists, campaigners and socialists have joined forces to call for a “fightback across workplaces and communities to demand ordinary people won’t pay for the crisis”.

Letters—The lack of Covid-19 testing is yet another Tory disaster

11 September 2020
Cambridge university recently announced that it will be providing free weekly Covid-19 tests to all students living in college accommodation.

Universal Credit claimant has payments snatched

06 September 2020
The government is snatching money from Universal Credit (UC) claimants with no explanation or warning. And claimants are finding it almost impossible to challenge the robbery.

Woman refugee in ‘extreme poverty’ found dead next to baby in Glasgow

25 August 2020
Mercy Baguma was a victim of a brutal welfare system and of a racist immigration regime

Crash on the streets—how cruel Tory plans will fuel homeless crisis

23 August 2020
Sackings and benefits sanctions have left ever more people struggling to pay their rent. The Tories’ plan to end a ban on evictions in September—meaning thousands could be thrown out

Protest over theft of TV licences from over-75s

03 August 2020
A 40-strong protest took place last week at 10 Downing Street, called by the National Pensioners Convention, over the Tories' betrayal on free TV licences for over-75s.

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