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Universal discredit—the Tories wreck our lives

Universal discredit—the Tories wreck our lives The Tories’ Universal Credit (UC) benefit regime is wrecking lives.

Fall of Priti Patel brings vile Tory government one step closer to the brink

Fall of Priti Patel brings vile Tory government one step closer to the brink Two cabinet ministers have now resigned from their posts in the space of a week. Disgracefully both remain as MPs. The government is in an even deeper crisis.

Defeat on Universal Credit vote exposes Tory weakness

Defeat on Universal Credit vote exposes Tory weakness The government knew it would lose, so it ordered Tory MPs not to take part in a parliamentary vote on the introduction of the harsh new Universal Credit benefit regime.

Claimants speak out - ‘Tory Universal Credit means I have no money to buy food’

Claimants speak out - ‘Tory Universal Credit means I have no money to buy food’ The Tories’ new Universal Credit benefit scheme is plunging people into debt, homelessness and food poverty.

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

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

LETTERS: Take up the fight against the Tories’ vindictive benefits regime

LETTERS: Take up the fight against the Tories’ vindictive benefits regime The Tories’ attack on unemployed and low paid workers is stepping up a gear with the further rolling out of Universal Credit in October.

New Tory figures expose the cruelty of their cap on benefits

08 August 2017
The number of people hit by the Tory benefit cap rocketed after the threshold was lowered last November, according to government figures released last week.

Sheffield jobcentre strike inspires wider fight as PCS union discusses campaign

25 July 2017
Workers at a Sheffield jobcentre ended a week-long strike last Friday—and could soon be joined by workers at three other offices in their fight against Tory cuts and closures.

LETTERS: Benefit officials want to fine me £7,000—for their mistake

20 June 2017
I have recently been sanctioned by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). They claim I have been overpaid over £7,000 in Employment Support Allowance (ESA) benefit.

PCS conference hears of workers' actions and plans for more

23 May 2017
At the recent conference for the PCS union, workers discussed strike action for disputes with EHRC and the DWP

Tories' means testing will mean the poorest pay most

23 May 2017
Why should less well-off tax payers subsidise the wealthy with benefits and services that are not means-tested, asked right wing commentators as the Tories unveiled their manifesto this week.

Disabled person’s suicide shows up the Tories’ cruelty over benefit cuts

09 May 2017
Government welfare ‘reforms’ are having deadly consequences for disabled people. Eleanor Claxton-Mayer investigates the devastation of the cuts

After seven years of Tory rule—seven reasons to end it

21 April 2017
Tory governments have waged war on ordinary people since 2010, helped until 2015 by their Lib Dem allies. Of the countless reasons to kick them out, Eleanor Claxton-Mayer and Alistair Farrow explain seven of the key ones

Tory 'tweaks' to disabiilty benefits will hit thousands of claimants

18 April 2017
The number of people refused disability benefits has seen a massive spike in the past year.

Rape victims denied benefits

11 April 2017
The Tories want to deny benefits to some rape victims. Their nasty attack snatches money from vulnerable women and children.

Tory tax and benefit cuts hit the poorest hardest

04 April 2017
The Tories’ tax and benefit changes from April will hit the poorest the hardest

Protesters condemn cruel regime of benefit sanctions

04 April 2017
Benefit sanctions rob money from people who are already in poverty, leaving them with nothing. But there is resistance.

‘I was crying and in pain'—the truth behind the Tory benefit cuts

21 March 2017
The Tories ramped up their war on disabled people with dangerous new “reforms” to the personal independence payment (Pip) benefits last Thursday.

The real national insurance scandal is bogus self-employment

14 March 2017
What’s the truth about the changes in national insurance contributions (NICs) for self-employed people?

Tories’ spiteful attack hits 150,000 disabled people

28 February 2017
Tory ministers have rewritten the law to deny increased benefit payments to more than 150,000 people.

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