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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

Woman dies after benefits cut off - but Tory calls for new attacks

12 August 2014
Annette Francis was owed hundreds of pounds due to the backlog caused by the government's move from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment. An inquest heard that the financial pressure led to her committing suicide. Now Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith is calling for even harsher changes to the benefit system.

Lib Dems attempt face-saving U-turn on bedroom tax

22 July 2014
The coalition might have hoped to bury a new report on the impact of the bedroom tax by releasing it on the same day as a headline-grabbing reshuffle.

Barnsley freedom riders return unbowed

30 June 2014
More than 100 people joined a freedom ride protest in Barnsley today, Monday. Disabled people, pensioners and their supporters gathered to lobby a meeting of the South Yorkshire Transport Executive.

British Social Attitudes survey shows Tory propaganda fails to remove support for poor

24 June 2014
Latest British Social Attitudes Survey reveals diverse opinions on immigration and benefits—despite constant Tory scapegoating, reports Sadie Robinson

Crisis in Tory government's disability benefit 'reforms'

24 June 2014
The government is under fire over the growing number of sick and disabled people going without benefits due to the backlog created by its tests. 

Fury as Miliband bans jobless young people from benefits

19 June 2014
Labour activists are reacting with fury at Ed Miliband’s plans to ban jobless young people from claiming benefits.

Activists meet to organise unity for benefits justice against Tory attacks on welfare

10 June 2014
Campaigners from across Britain met in Manchester last Saturday to organise against Tory attacks on benefits. More than 80 people attended the national meeting of the Anti Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Federation.

Tory 'Help To Work' plan punishes unemployed people

29 April 2014
People who have been unemployed for more than two years face punishing new rules from Monday of this week.

Reality of Tory Britain: ‘I can't afford to eat"

22 April 2014
Benefits cuts leave Angela on just £1 a day and relying on food bank. Yet the right wing press has launched a vicious attack on food banks after it emerged last week more than one million people in Britain rely on them because of low wages and benefit cuts

Unity in campaign for benefit justice

08 April 2014
Some 30 people attended the Birmingham PCS public meeting on Benefits St or Scapegoat St—what is the government doing to our benefit system?

Unhappy birthday for bedroom tax as activists vow to kill it off

08 April 2014
Protests took place across Britain last Saturday to mark the first birthday of the bedroom tax, and to make sure it doesn’t see a second.

Demonstrations around Britain on anniversary of bedroom tax

06 April 2014
Protesters took to the streets against the bedroom tax in dozens of marches, rallies and actions around Britain yesterday, Saturday.

The Tories and Labour are wrong on welfare

01 April 2014
Nasty cuts need nasty lies to justify them—and to divide opposition to the pain and suffering they cause. So scapegoating unemployed people on benefits has been central to the government’s plans to drive through austerity.

Tory budget means axe will fall on the poorest

25 March 2014
A cap to the welfare budget means more cuts to make up the targets, reports Simon Basketter

Tories launch new attack on Independent Living Fund

11 March 2014
The government last week announced plans to push ahead with the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).

Tory cuts fuel food banks

04 March 2014
Tory benefit cuts and low wages have driven up food poverty across Britain. 

Man ‘starved’ after an Atos ruling stopped his benefits

04 March 2014
A disabled man starved to death in David Cameron’s constituency last year, four months after his benefits were cut, a coroners court heard last week. Atos Healthcare declared Mark Wood “fit for work” despite the fact that he had serious health problems.

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.

Benefits campaigners call lobby at parliament

25 February 2014
The court of Appeal ruled last week against disabled campaigners who said the bedroom tax and benefit cap discriminate against them.

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