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End to the eviction ban will mean more misery

End to the eviction ban will mean more misery 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

One in six working households below poverty line, says new report Poverty is accelerating and workers are increasingly hit as well as people on benefits.

Sunak’s budget will bring cuts, poverty and unemployment

Sunak’s budget will bring cuts, poverty and unemployment 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

Tories plan a budget for the bosses 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

Private firm puts patients and workers at virus risk 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’

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

Poorer families abandoned during pandemic

26 August 2020
Poorer families have been abandoned by the government to deep hardship during the coronavirus crisis. A new report underlines just how tough it has been for people on benefits and low pay.

£563,000 to consultants for six weeks work on ‘narrative’

25 August 2020
Consultants McKinsey was paid more than half a million pounds by the British government for “six weeks of work” to decide the “vision, purpose and narrative” of a new public health authority in England.

A jobs massacre has begun—time to fight

11 August 2020
Britain is in the middle of a horrific jobs slaughter—some 730,000 jobs have already gone since March. 

Letters - ‘Kickstart’ program will give bosses opportunity to exploit

23 July 2020
Measures announced in Rishi Sunak’s mini-budget supposedly to help workers have been welcomed by the TUC.

‘Diversity’ firm used virus to sack staff before lockdown

06 July 2020
As the reality of mass job cuts hits ever more people, a consultancy that trains companies and institutions about ­equality, diversity and inclusion is treating some of its staff like dirt.

Divides between rich and poor have grown due to pandemic says report

25 June 2020
Hardly noticed by most of the media, a new official report has revealed some of the deep inequalities in British society.

Debt, cutting back on food, endless stress—the reality of life on Universal Credit

17 June 2020
Nearly two thirds of families who receive Universal Credit have been pushed into borrowing money to survive

Tories plan to use the whip of hardship to force people back to work

09 May 2020
Workers fear unemployment and poverty if the Tories slash the Job Retention Scheme

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