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Benefits


Don’t pay, don’t move—clog up their system

16 April 2013
Residents’ protests are demanding that their landlords—whether housing associations or local authorities—stand with them against the bedroom tax.

Cuts in council tax benefit

16 April 2013
Ten million people lose part of their council tax benefits in the same week as the cap comes in. This will also hit London hardest due to higher housing costs.

Bury the bedroom tax

16 April 2013
Tenants, trade unionists and others are organising to fight the Tories’ bedroom tax across Britain.

Campaigns grow against the Tories' hated bedroom tax

16 April 2013
People are taking to the streets across Britain to fight attacks on their benefits

Video of the 1,000 Mothers March in Tottenham

15 April 2013
A record of the vibrant march through north London on Saturday 13 April, by Terry McGrath

A day of defiant protests against the government’s attacks on benefits

13 April 2013
People protested around the country today, Saturday, against the bedroom tax and other benefit cuts. Events were organised in some of the hardest hit areas and on the doorsteps of the millionaire ministers behind the attacks.

Iain Duncan Smith says he can live on my benefits... So I went to his mansion to ask him how

09 April 2013
Could Iain Duncan Smith really get by on £7.37 a day? The smug architect of the government’s welfare reforms insists he “could if I had to”. Socialist Worker and benefit claimant Paul went to his mansion in Swanbourne, Buckinghamshire, to find out

Legal Aid cuts will kick workers and the poor out of the courts

09 April 2013
Cuts of £350 million from legal aid will deny thousands of ordinary people the right to defend their jobs, homes and benefits in court, says Siân Ruddick

Welfare ‘mega-sum’ is not enough to live on in London

09 April 2013
A £500 a week benefit cap is set to come into effect in four pilot London boroughs next week. Labour’s Frank Field called it a “mega-sum”. But the increasing cost of living means that people need it. 

Councils say, we won’t evict

09 April 2013
More and more councils are coming out to say that they oppose the bedroom tax. 

Activists call more protests against hated bedroom tax

09 April 2013
Around two million people in over 650,000 households were hit by the Tories’ tax on social housing tenants’ spare bedrooms last week. Fewer than 1 percent of them have moved into smaller properties. 

New test takes aim at disabled people

09 April 2013
Almost three million disabled people face new assessments from companies such as Atos healthcare, G4S and Capita. 

Tories lash out as fury erupts over benefit cuts

09 April 2013
The Tories’ welfare cuts have sparked widespread protest.

The Tory offensive on benefits enrages poor

05 April 2013
The millionaire Tories running the government are on the rampage.

April 2013: A month of attacks on our welfare rights

05 April 2013
How the Tories are attacking a range of our benefits this month

Millionaire Tories take benefits from millions: How Dare They!

05 April 2013
A blizzard of cuts is set to rob billions from people on benefits this month.

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.

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