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Benefits


Push people off benefits and get an Easter egg

28 March 2013
Job centre workers are facing disciplinary measures if they don’t sanction enough benefits claimants.

Labour defends the Tories from benefits backlash

28 March 2013
Last week could have been a disaster for the government’s workfare programme. It sends unemployed people to toil for free – and takes away their benefits if they refuse.

Protests across country reject Tory bedroom tax

21 March 2013
More than 12,000 people across more than 50 towns and cities protested against the Tories' vicious bedroom tax yesterday, Saturday.

Claimants lose out in benefits vote

15 January 2013
MPs voted last week for a real term cut to most working age benefits by scrapping the link with inflation. It could leave some people as much as £215 a year worse off.

Desperate lies can't hide savage Tory war on benefits

12 January 2013
Parliament was about to vote on deep cuts to benefits that millions rely on as Socialist Worker went to press.

Iain Duncan Smith is the REAL benefits cheat

12 January 2013
The Tories are at war with millions of benefits claimants.

Does means testing help the poorest?

22 May 2012
Tory minister Iain Duncan Smith says that only the poorest should get state funding for care in their old age. The idea is linked to government reforms to introducing means testing for certain benefits, which means people have to prove their poverty before they can claim them.

Welfare reforms will kick 500,000 off disability benefits

15 May 2012
The Tories’ welfare reforms will kick half a million disabled people off benefits—according to the government’s own figures.

Tories snatch kids' support

15 May 2012
The Tories announced plans to give parents of children with special educational needs more "choice" in support. This is part of the cuts agenda. It will snatch support from hundreds of thousands of children who need it.

Basildon Council's fake fraud case

15 May 2012
Basildon Council used fake evidence to accuse a single mother Mandy Barratt for benefit fraud. It claimed it received a phone call reporting her, but it has emerged that this never happened. The investigation was really triggered by a news article.

The real impact of incapacity benefits 'reforms'

08 November 2011
The Tories will force nearly a million people off incapacity benefits and leave 600,000 with no benefits at all, according to new research. Nearly 2.6 million claimants currently receive the benefit.

Suicide after benefit cuts

30 August 2011
An unemployed man has committed suicide in Wandsworth, south London, after his housing benefit was cut. This would have forced Richard Sanderson and his wife Petra to move.

Tories, not parents, to blame for child poverty

07 December 2010
The Tories blame ordinary people for their own poverty to justify benefit cuts. They paint a picture of parents as feckless scroungers who can’t be bothered to find a job and help their children.

Is there a generation that has ‘never worked’?

21 September 2010
The government and the right wing media are stepping up their war on people who claim benefits, claiming that there are millions of "workshy scroungers" living off the hard work of the rest of the population.

As the sharks circle it's time to defend universal benefits

29 September 2009
All of the main political parties have said they want to make cuts to universal benefits, such as child benefit, winter fuel allowances, bus passes and TV licenses for the over 70s.

Labour’s benefits plans hark back to workhouses

15 December 2008
James Purnell, the work and pensions secretary, is a modern version of Charles Dickens’ Mr Bumble – hypocritical, self-righteous and disdainful of the "undeserving poor".

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