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Letters—Universal Credit cuts will push food banks to the edge

Letters—Universal Credit cuts will push food banks to the edge The reduction in Universal Credit (UC) by £20 a week will force 1.2 million people to skip meals according to a survey conducted by YouGov.

Smash the vile Tories’ reign and their grubby system

Smash the vile Tories’ reign and their grubby system The Tories’ class war has escalated further, and it isn’t set to slow down. This week Tory Work and Pension Secretary Therese Coffey unveiled her solution to the scrapping of the Universal Credit £20 uplift.

Keir Starmer’s speech woos union leaders but offers too little to workers

Keir Starmer’s speech woos union leaders but offers too little to workers Labour leader Keir Starmer promised very little for workers and rank and file trade unionists when he spoke to the TUC union congress on Tuesday.

Universal credit cuts mean it’s ‘heat or eat’

Universal credit cuts mean it’s ‘heat or eat’ The Tories are pressing ahead with a £20 a week cut to Universal Credit. Two claimants told Socialist Worker how it will hit them

Labour Party is timid on benefits cut that will leave the poorest to struggle

Labour Party is timid on benefits cut that will leave the poorest to struggle But eager to show how much the party has changed since Jeremy Corbyn, Labour’s welfare chief Jonathan Reynolds announced a different approach

Letters—Unions must fight for safety as new school term begins

Letters—Unions must fight for safety as new school term begins Education workers are returning to schools across England and Wales with mixed emotions.

Labour will rename Universal Credit, but won’t pledge to restore £20 a week cut

25 August 2021
As 2.3 million claimants face cuts, Labour offers only empty words

One in 16 firms could close when furlough pay ends

17 August 2021
One million workers are employed by businesses at critical risk of closing operations within the next three months.

End to the eviction ban will mean more misery

31 May 2021
The ban on home evictions was set to be lifted in England on Tuesday, with hundreds of thousands of people facing the threat of homelessness.

One in six working households below poverty line, says new report

26 May 2021
Poverty is accelerating and workers are increasingly hit as well as people on benefits.

Sunak’s budget will bring cuts, poverty and unemployment

28 February 2021
The Tories are preparing to plunge many more working class people into poverty and despair. Chancellor Rishi Sunak is under pressure to keep measures that support ordinary people in this week’s budget.

Tories plan a budget for the bosses

23 February 2021
Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s budget announcement next Wednesday will lay out the plan for who pays for the crisis—and he’ll be pushing to make sure it’s ordinary people.

Private firm puts patients and workers at virus risk

23 February 2021
The scandal of private contracts in the NHS has focused this week on health secretary Matt Hancock’s dodgy dealings during the pandemic.

Scrapping Universal Credit £20 uplift will be ‘huge blow’

15 February 2021
The fight is on to force the Tories to keep the £20 a week uplift to Universal Credit (UC).

Protesters take to the streets against benefit cuts

08 February 2021
Groups of activists in People Before Profit and other groups across Britain staged protests as part of a national day of action last Saturday.

Legal win in Universal Credit childcare fight

25 January 2021
A woman has won a legal challenge against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over its childcare benefit rules.  

Turn rage against the Tories into action

19 January 2021
It’s not a new phenomenon that the Tories are lurching from crisis to crisis. But the government’s latest debacles over key elements of their coronavirus strategy has left them weak.

Universal Credit claimants living in poverty during pandemic

11 November 2020
A TUC report, published this week, looked at the impact of forcing new Universal Credit claimants to wait five weeks for their first payment.

Letters—The lack of Covid-19 testing is yet another Tory disaster

11 September 2020
Cambridge university recently announced that it will be providing free weekly Covid-19 tests to all students living in college accommodation.

Universal Credit claimant has payments snatched

06 September 2020
The government is snatching money from Universal Credit (UC) claimants with no explanation or warning. And claimants are finding it almost impossible to challenge the robbery.

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