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Benefits


Iain Duncan Smith doles out real sanctions and fake claimants

25 August 2015
Iain Duncan Smith launched yet another initiative to attack people on benefits this week.  

Now the Tories want boot camps for the unemployed

18 August 2015
Tory minister Matthew Hancock has ramped up the assault on welfare with plans to force young unemployed people into “boot camps”. 

Letters

18 August 2015
Includes letters on Cuba-US relations, GM crops ban, defending abortion rights and more.

A threat to migrants is a threat to us all

11 August 2015
When the Tories say they want to charge people not born in Britain for NHS care we know this can be the first step towards bringing in charging everyone.

Migrants and minorities aren’t ‘milking’ benefits

04 August 2015
People from ethnic minorities are actually disproportionately affected by the attacks in George Osborne’s July budget, according to a new report from the Runnymede Trust.

News in brief

28 July 2015
Benefit sanctions to be reviewed | Prevent strategy claims toddler victim | New inquiry into spy cops | Cuts hit black people harder

Reports round-up

28 July 2015
Pride marches in Norwich and Nottingham | Safety monitors to strike at Sellafield | Gunstones strike postponed over new pay | Food bank protest against Tory MP David Mundell | Traffic wardens to strike in Hackney | Benefits protest in Milton Keynes

The Tories’ new welfare bill attacks children, single parents and the poor

21 July 2015
One of the Tories’ most vicious attacks on the poor and the working class passed its second reading in parliament on Monday of this week. 

Universal Credit strikers tell benefit bosses to 'stop spying'

21 July 2015
Hundreds of PCS union members struck on Monday and Tuesday of this week at Bolton and Glasgow’s Universal Credit Centres.

Were claimants killed by benefit changes? DWP won't tell

21 July 2015
How did 49 people die after cuts or changes to their disability benefits? 

Campaigners stop evictions in Bromley and Glasgow

14 July 2015
Campaigners in both Bromley, south London, and Glasgow stopped two evictions in the past week.

Reports round-up

14 July 2015
New offer in Gunstones bakery dispute | Universal Credit staff set to strike in Glasgow and Bolton | ITV workers accept new pay settlement | Heathrow protesters oppose 'Plane Stupid' new runway | Arrests after demonstration at Israeli arms firm Elbit | Harmondsworth protesters demand an end to refugee detention |

Reject Tory spin on low pay

07 July 2015
Tories are attacking tax credits out of spite

'Howls of protest' as Osborne's Tory budget targets the poor

07 July 2015
Millions of working class people began this week in fear as Tory chancellor George Osborne prepared for his budget.

Oppose Tory budget cuts

30 June 2015
As the Tories prepare to unleash obscene levels of cuts to welfare spending Dave Sewell talks to a disabled activist about resisting the impact of their assault on disability benefits

Tories plot to snatch workers’ tax credits

23 June 2015
Vicious attack will force more people to choose between heating and eating.

Cruel firms tell benefit claimants to get therapy or lose cash

23 June 2015
Workfare contractors’ proposals to bring ‘positive thinking’ into job centres is about blaming unemployed people for their own plight, writes Dave Sewell

Tory queen’s speech sees new attacks on the poor

02 June 2015
The Tories have unveiled plans to push up poverty, increase evictions and sell off more public services—and that’s only the start of their assault.

After five years attacking the poor, the Tories are back for more

19 May 2015
The new Tory minister for disabled people is against protecting benefits for cancer patients and disabled children.

News in brief

05 May 2015
Short news stories from the past week including deaths due to cuts to be investigated, Britain 24th in State of the World's Mothers report, and two deaths in custody.

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