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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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