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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.

Reports round-up: Walkout at a delivery office

28 November 2017
Also: lobby of Scottish parliament, nuclear strike and Universal Credit protest

‘Austerity is killing’ as funding for women’s refuges is cut

27 November 2017
A change to benefit rules slashing funding for women’s refuges will put women and children at risk.

Why Universal Credit cannot be fixed

26 November 2017
There is growing anger about the effects of Universal Credit (UC). So what’s to be done?

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.

LETTERS: Conditions are dangerous inside 'grisly Risley' prison

21 November 2017
There have been reports that an explosive device was found inside HM Prison Risley last week.

Universal discredit—the Tories wreck our lives

14 November 2017
The Tories’ Universal Credit (UC) benefit regime is wrecking lives.

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

09 November 2017
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

18 October 2017
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’

17 October 2017
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

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.

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

21 August 2017
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

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