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Bosses couldn’t drive out Paul Williams

Bosses couldn’t drive out Paul Williams Bosses at the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) have backed off from an attempt to victimise leading trade unionist Paul Williams. 

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

Letters: Solidarity with Black Lives Matter movement in Ireland

Letters: Solidarity with Black Lives Matter movement in Ireland Almost 70 Black Lives Matter protesters have been issued with fines for attending the socially-distanced rallies in Derry and Belfast on Saturday 6 June. 

How the benefits system abused Errol Graham

How the benefits system abused Errol Graham Errol Graham, who died of starvation when his benefits were cut off, had become so mentally distressed that his family believe he pulled out two of his own teeth with pliers.

No change in cruel Universal Credit

No change in cruel Universal Credit The government has refused to make the Universal Credit benefit regime any less punishing

‘Every day is a struggle’ on Universal Credit

‘Every day is a struggle’ on Universal Credit Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to claim benefits as bosses throw them on the dole, writes Sadie Robinson

Cruelty of Tories’ benefit promises revealed as Universal Credit claims rise

26 March 2020
Nearly half a million people put in claims for Universal Credit (UC) in a nine-day period as the coronavirus crisis hit.

Court challenge to Universal Credit childcare cost rules to go ahead

10 March 2020
A woman has been given the go-ahead to take the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to court over Universal Credit (UC) rules.

Tories underestimate number killed by Universal Credit

11 February 2020
The government has investigated 69 suicides that could have been linked to problems with benefit claims over the last six years

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

Universal Credit doc is just a propaganda whitewash

28 January 2020
A new BBC documentary is supposed to give an honest view of the benefits system. But it hides the real truth

5,000 disabled people get benefit payments—but only after their deaths

17 January 2020
Some 5,000 ill and disabled benefit claimants have died before being repaid thousands of pounds owed to them due to a government error.

Ten years of austerity - the brutal reality of Tory rule

17 November 2019
A decade of Tory rule has slashed key services, savaged spending and driven more people into poverty. And if they aren’t kicked out, life for working class people is set to get worse, report Sarah Bates and Tomáš Tengely-Evans

Letters—A hard working life, and now my pension has been stolen

15 October 2019
This month I will be 62, but there will be no real happy birthday feeling until I am 66.

Labour promises to axe hated Universal Credit

01 October 2019
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said his party will scrap the hated Universal Credit (UC) benefit if elected.

The Troublemaker—Plenty of funds for top cops and sticks to hit people with

30 April 2019
A police chief who claims his service is ­underfunded has overseen a 50 percent rise in ­highly-paid officers.

The Troublemaker—Profits go up for firm denying benefits as one victim dies

23 April 2019
A SIX STONE emaciated man who was deemed “fit to find work” has died. But the company running the tests that deny people benefits is rolling in profit.

Benefit freezes contribute to soaring poverty figures

02 April 2019
Some 200,000 more children were pushed into absolute poverty in 2017-18

Women turn to ‘baby banks’ after Tories drive up poverty

26 March 2019
Soaring numbers of pregnant women have to use “baby banks” to get essentials for their children, according to a Daily Mirror newspaper investigation.

Strike to stop suffering at Universal Credit centres

13 March 2019
Workers who manage people’s claims for the hated Universal Credit (UC) benefit began a two-day strike on Monday to win a better service for claimants.

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