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Barnet careworkers fight pay cut with strike action this week on 24 & 25 February

23 Feb 2015: Low paid careworkers at private company Your Choice Barnet strike again this week in protest at a harsh 9.5% pay cut.
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Government cuts to legal aid weren’t based on evidence, reveals Public Accounts Committee

16 Feb 2015: The committee's key finding is that while the government rapidly reduced spending on civil legal aid, it has “introduced…[these]…major changes on the basis of no evidence in many areas…”
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How 85% of tax and benefit ‘savings’ have been at the expense of women

8 Feb 2015: How JSA demands and benefit cuts indirectly discriminate against women.
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February 14: day of action for the NHS!

2 Feb 2015: 999 Call for the NHS calls for a National Day of Action on Valentine's Day 14 February 2015 to show support for the NHS.
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Focus E15 campaign to lead march against housing crisis

26 Jan 2015: This coming Saturday, (31 January 2015), people from across London will march on City Hall to demand solutions to the housing crisis and better housing.
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West Hendon estate residents protest today against eviction and social cleansing

22 Jan 2015: Our West Hendon campaigners and residents protest today at the loss of their homes to private housing.
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Growing funding crisis in local government threatens public services

18 Jan 2015: A growing funding crisis in local government is threatening the future of local public services in England.
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Join the day of action against Maximus

15 Jan 2015: A national day of action has been called on March 2 against Maximus, the company which will take over the despised Work Capability Assessments.
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Demand an end to the housing crisis: join the March for Homes

11 Jan 2015: Join the Focus E15 mothers and campaigners, unions and housing groups across London as they call for housing for all.
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Campaign to save the Independent Living Fund goes to parliament today! #saveILF

6 Jan 2015: Join the fight against government plans to close the ILF - a fund for extra carer hours for disabled people with the highest support needs.
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Living standards boost needed as average wage fell £500 in 2014

31 Dec 2014: The average full-time employee wage has fallen in real terms by £2,509 since 2010 – about £50 a week.
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Video: the cost of a privatised Christmas! Please share

19 Dec 2014: We Own It and Corporate Watch have been investigating how much worse off you are because of privatisation.
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#SaveILF: join the mass action to stop the closure of the vital Independent Living Fund

17 Dec 2014: Disabled People Against Cuts is calling for a mass action at the House of Commons at the start of next year to save the Independent Living Fund.
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New evidence that private firms are taking over more and more of our NHS

11 Dec 2014: The British Medical Journal has published new evidence to show how privatisation of NHS services is continuing to intensify under this government.
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URGENT ACTION: #SaveILF judgement due 10am Monday 8 December 2014

5 Dec 2014: The Independent Living Fund is used by disabled people with the highest support needs to employ the personal assistants they need to lead independent lives. A court decision on government plans to close the fund is due on Monday.
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This discrimination against new mothers at work must end

2 Dec 2014: A new TUC report suggests that we’ve still got a way to go in terms of supporting women to have children and to continue to work.
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Tonight: start the Hashtag Hijack to save the Independent Living Fund #SaveILF

27 Nov 2014: The #SaveILF Campaign is touring the most popular UK hashtags to highlight this attack on disabled people's right to independent living.
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£1.5 billion of cuts to benefits for pregnant women and babies

23 Nov 2014: The benefit cuts have hit families when they need support most and when poverty can do permanent damage to children.
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Fees have failed - march on parliament to demand free education!

17 Nov 2014: On November 19, thousands of students will march on Parliament to demand an end to tuition fees and education cuts as well as the abolition of student debt.
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No more deaths from fuel poverty: join the day of protest 28 November

12 Nov 2014: On the day the government reveals how many people died last year from the effects of fuel poverty, demand ‘No More Deaths from Fuel Poverty: Energy Rights Now!’
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Monday 10 November: join the Barnet debate on the housing crisis

9 Nov 2014: An open forum to discuss possible solutions to the current housing situation and the actions to take next.
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Equal pay? Not by a long way…

5 Nov 2014: One in four women working full-time earns less than the living wage, compared to one in six men. The situation is even worse for those in part time work.
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A bad winter could be catastrophic for already-stretched accident and emergency departments

31 Oct 2014: Accident and emergency departments are already failing to meet four-hour targets to see and admit, discharge or transfer patients.
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Wednesday: rally to stop changes to Access to Work 12pm-1pm Old Palace Yard

28 Oct 2014: Join the protest against changes to Access to Work that are driving deaf and disabled people out of employment and undermining employability.
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New film with the Daily Mirror: Save the Independent Living Fund #SaveILF

22 Oct 2014: Today at 12.30pm, there is a vigil to support disabled people who are fighting the government in court for the Independent Living Fund. Watch our film and join the vigil at the Royal Courts of Justice.
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Saturday 18 October: Britain Needs A Pay Rise! Join the march and rally

17 Oct 2014: Join the march and rally in London on Saturday 18 October 2014, to call for an economic recovery that works for all - not just those at the top.
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Fuel Poverty Action to launch the Energy Bill of Rights

10 Oct 2014: With winter on the way, action against energy companies and soaring energy prices becomes even more important.
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Why the Independent Living Fund battle matters so much

3 Oct 2014: The plan to shut the ILF is at the core of the government's callous attacks on disabled people everywhere.
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Britain needs a payrise march and rally - book a coach in your area!

26 Sep 2014: Plenty of coaches have been added already - keep watching the map as we add more!
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New short film with the Daily Mirror: Save the Independent Living Fund! #SaveILF

21 Sep 2014: Disabled people talk about their right to live independent lives and the role that Independent Living Fund support plays in that. The government must not be allowed to close the ILF.
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Join the #FocusE15 mothers for their campaign anniversary this Sunday!

19 Sep 2014: The Focus E15 campaigners are inviting people to join a day of fun and music on the Carpenters Estate in Stratford this Sunday.
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Take part in the Boycott Workfare week of action: 4 to 12 October 2014

14 Sep 2014: Forcing people to work for free by threatening to remove their benefits is unfair, unjust and wrong. Tell the companies and charities who profit from this exploitative regime what you think of them!
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Unmasking austerity and organising for new challenges: Dexter Whitfield

12 Sep 2014: Austerity measures will continue for many more years: cuts to services, jobs and wages will not automatically be restored. Organising fightback is as important as it ever was.
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Day of protest this week: End Bedroom Tax! No Sanctions for Claimants!

9 Sep 2014: This Thursday, the Anti-Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Campaign is holding a day of protest: Say no to claimant sanctions, bedroom tax and benefit cuts.
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Britain Needs A Pay Rise - 18 October march and rally

4 Sep 2014: Book your coach seat now via False Economy's interactive travel map.
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FE exclusive in the Independent: tax credits money clawed back from Britain’s poor under new powers

1 Sep 2014: Since tax credits go to those on lower incomes, it can often be impossible for people to find the money to repay.
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False Economy exclusive: Campaigners say low income households cannot afford council tax charges

27 Aug 2014: Local authorities were unable to collect up to 40% of council tax due from low-income households that had the charge imposed on them for the first time last year.
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Court case to fight the closure of the Independent Living Fund set for October #SaveILF

24 Aug 2014: The ILF is the fund severely disabled people use to pay for the extra care hours they need to live independent lives.
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Rail fares rise shows public ownership is the only option for rail

19 Aug 2014: Rail fares are due to rise again in January 2015, with the rate to be announced on 19 August 2014 - that's today!
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The 999 march for the #NHS begins!

16 Aug 2014: From August 16 to September 6, campaigners are marching from Jarrow to London following in the footsteps of the Jarrow Crusade of 1936.
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The unreported national scandal of benefit cuts and delays

12 Aug 2014: An extract from a very good piece on the ilegal.co.uk and Disabled People Against Cuts sites about the real impact of benefit cuts.
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Universal credit: 300,000 people a month will be affected by the five-week wait

10 Aug 2014: How long could you go without any income? Under Universal Credit rules, most people will face a wait of more than five weeks before they get any money.
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Second court case to save the Independent Living Fund will go ahead

7 Aug 2014: The Independent Living Fund is the fund used by severely disabled people to pay for the extra personal assistants they need to live independent lives.
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The full impact of cuts disabled people face

3 Aug 2014: Disability: we now know that this government have harmed the very people they promised us they would protect.
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August: join the anti fracking action camp in Blackpool

30 Jul 2014: This summer stand up for social, environmental and economic justice - August 14 - 20th.
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Tax justice tour August 9: find out more about fighting tax dodging businesses!

27 Jul 2014: Join Action Aid on August 9 on a tax justice tour as they talk and walk people through many of the ways big business gets away with paying less tax than the rest of us.
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Part of an organisation? Pledge to Boycott Workfare now!

22 Jul 2014: Already nearly 400 voluntary sector organisations have pledged to Keep Volunteering Voluntary and over 20 councils have pledged to avoid workfare too.
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The Saving Our Safety Net campaign - and the DWP’s response….

17 Jul 2014: The Saving Our Safety Net campaign is up and running - and the DWP's response is already inadequate...
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DWP Unspun - a new website from False Economy

14 Jul 2014: Everything the government doesn't want you to know about work and benefits.
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Public sector strikes on 10 July: solidarity!

9 Jul 2014: This week’s strike by public sector workers is a manifestation of the anger and frustration about sustained attacks on pay and pensions.
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UK Government breaches international human rights law in treatment of disabled people

8 Jul 2014: A report published this week finds the UK government in breach of its legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of disabled people.
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More strike action on the 10th and beyond: firefighters to strike across 8 days

6 Jul 2014: Firefighters in England and Wales will strike on eight consecutive days this month in protest at unacceptable, unworkable, unrealistic government attacks on firefighters’ pensions.
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Save the Independent Living Fund: join the party and picnic this Friday!

2 Jul 2014: Following their successful action at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, Disabled People Against Cuts continue with their fight to save the all-important Independent Living Fund with a Fourth of July picnic this Friday!
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A talk on NHS cuts, privatisation and the politics of cancer in an age of austerity

30 Jun 2014: This week, writer, journalist and political activist Mike Marqusee will give a talk on the politics of cancer and how it relates to NHS cuts and privatisation.
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Help UK Uncut boot out Boots this Saturday!

26 Jun 2014: Boots have dodged £1.3bn in Tax since 2007. That’s £1.3bn of our money that could be spent on safe homes, schools, hospitals, women’s services, legal aid and keeping our NHS public.
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Job prospects for youngsters outside full-time education are deteriorating rapidly

23 Jun 2014: Young people not in full-time education are now less likely to be in work than people of other ages - and their prospects are declining
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Investigating Companies: a do-it-yourself handbook from Corporate Watch

19 Jun 2014: In the battle against privatisation, learn how to find about private companies' details and all you need to know about company law, ownership and financing.
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Save the Independent Living Fund: get your MP to the House of Commons Debate on Wednesday

15 Jun 2014: The future of the Independent Living Fund - the fund that severely disabled people use to pay for extra carer hours so they can live independently in their own homes - will be debated this Wednesday 18 June from 11 to 11.30am.
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Vodafone stores around the country to be targeted by nationwide UK Uncut protests

11 Jun 2014: Protest group Focus E15 Mothers to join in national day of action to highlight cuts to social housing
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New legal challenge to government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund

9 Jun 2014: Last year, the government tried to close the Independent Living Fund. The court of appeal overturned that decision. The government is trying again - so disabled people are going back to court.
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July 4: Independent Living Day party and picnic

5 Jun 2014: On 4 July, Disabled People Against Cuts will hold a day of protest and action as part of the fight to save the Independent Living Fund
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Flagship workfare scheme is delayed again following voluntary sector opposition

2 Jun 2014: The government's community work placement workfare scheme is in trouble as hundreds of voluntary sector organisations pledge to keep volunteering voluntary
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Exclusive: Coalition’s pursuit turns nasty as debt collectors hound poorest over tax credits

29 May 2014: Our joint investigation with The Independent has uncovered the coalition’s increasingly forceful methods of pursuing more than 4.7 million cases of overpaid tax credits.
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ILF recipient Gabriel Pepper: we must save the Independent Living Fund

29 May 2014: Today, Independent Living Fund recipient Gabriel Pepper gives a speech to the TUC disabled workers' conference explaining why the government must not be allowed to close the ILF.
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Justice for sale: the impact of privatisation and cost-cutting on criminal justice

25 May 2014: The TUC has launched a speak up for Justice campaign (www.speakupforjustice.org), together with trades unions with members in the justice sector.
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Time the DWP explained how it will now adjust Atos WCAs for mental health claimants

21 May 2014: Join the vigil to highlight the DWP's responsibilities to mental health claimants going through the work capability assessment
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UK Uncut return to Vodafone

18 May 2014: This follows wide anger at news of Gary Barlow's tax dodge: expect to take action against the mobile company in June.
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Second day of strike action to support the Land Registry

15 May 2014: PCS members working for the Land Registry continue with their two-day strike against privatisation, job cuts and office closures.
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Join @fuelpovaction for ‘Bin British Gas: Put Power in Public Hands

11 May 2014: Join Fuel Poverty Action for a creative protest against poverty profiteers British Gas at their Annual General Meeting on Monday
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Why I’m sick of #Serco: join the protest on 8 May!

6 May 2014: Stephen Struthers from We Own It explains why Serco is now too big to fail and why he's sick of it:
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Save the Independent Living Fund: join the protest at the DWP!

4 May 2014: "We’d Rather Go to Jail Than Die in a Nursing Home": disabled people prepare to battle again to save the ILF
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Most workers on zero hours contracts earn less than the living wage

30 Apr 2014: Many workers on these type of contracts are poorly paid, have no regular income and are at risk of exploitation.
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Sick of Serco? Join the protest with We Own It on 8 May

27 Apr 2014: Serco is kicking off the outsourcing AGM season with its meeting on Thursday 8 May. Join We Own It to tell Serco that they're part of the problem, not the solution.
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Patients occupy threatened mental health clinic - send messages of support!

25 Apr 2014: A seven-week occupation of a Cambridge NHS mental health clinic in Britain threatened with closure is having more success than past campaigning. This is the way forward.
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Save the Independent Living Fund - join the campaign!

21 Apr 2014: The Independent Living Fund is used by severely disabled people to pay for the extra carer hours they need to live independent lives. The government wants to close the fund. The fight to save it is on.
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Our Guardian latest: NHS group considers charges for crutches and neck braces

17 Apr 2014: Is this the beginning of the end for the free-at-the-point-of-use NHS?
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“A Tale of Bob in Barnet” - Barnet Unison video on the perils of privatisation

16 Apr 2014: For six years, Barnet Unison has been fighting Barnet council's plans to mass outsource council services to Capita. The union branch has made this video to show the challenges facing the union and its members.
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Self-employment accounts for 44% of the net rise in employment since mid- 2010

15 Apr 2014: Pensioners, part-time workers and ‘odd-jobbers’ are the fastest growing groups of Britain’s new self-employed workforce.
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Barnet careworkers in their own words: how a 9.5% pay cut will destroy services

13 Apr 2014: Your Choice Barnet, the company which run care services for disabled adults for Barnet Council, cuts careworkers' wages by 9.5%.
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New report offers an alternative to failing Atos ESA tests and out-of-work sickness support

9 Apr 2014: A report published today (9th April 2014) aims to kickstart a significant new debate about the failure of sickness and disability support in the UK
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George Eliot Hospital: an anti-privatisation success story

7 Apr 2014: Patients, campaigners and union members have been celebrating the success of their campaign to keep George Eliot Hospital from private companies.
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Our latest research in the Independent: councils running out of funds to cover bedroom tax

5 Apr 2014: The bedroom tax has resulted in thousands of people being “driven into destitution” as councils run out of the emergency funds set aside to rescue those worst affected.
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Disabled people and the cuts: the statistics and the stories

3 Apr 2014: As newspapers run an alleged case of someone fraudulently claiming benefits, let's remember some other people who’ve been in the newspapers recently.
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Our research with the Guardian: Poorest homes face £120 council tax rise as safety net goes

31 Mar 2014: A joint investigation by the Guardian and False Economy found that from April, 83 local authorities are reducing protection for vulnerable residents.
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Our latest research: GPs now in a majority on less than a third of CCG boards

30 Mar 2014: Pulse Magazine reports False Economy's latest research - numbers which show that GP representation on CCG boards has substantially decreased.
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Insulted, exploited and insecure: young people deserve Fair Pay

29 Mar 2014: Students' single biggest concern for their future: the job market.
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Support the teachers’ strike: 26 March 2014

25 Mar 2014: "I’m striking on Wednesday, March 26 to indicate just how desperate the situation is for the concept of an equal, universal education in this country."
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People’s inquiry into the NHS: stop cash-driven closures and attacks on services

23 Mar 2014: The People's Inquiry into London's NHS raises serious concerns about pressured NHS services in the capital.
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Budget 2014: winners and losers

20 Mar 2014: Treasury analysis shows people in the three bottom deciles lose. All the deciles that gain are above median income.
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How working people are priced out of justice

17 Mar 2014: Excessive fees are pricing workers out of employment tribunal justice.
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Last chance for ESA evidence

16 Mar 2014: You can still fill in the survey for Spartacus' response to the Work and Pension Committee request for evidence on ESA and Work Capability Assessments.
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Exclusive: How councils pay millions for discredited lie detector tests on claimants

10 Mar 2014: It says a lot about council outsourcing – and the benefits-bashing agenda – that this pseudo-scientific gimmick is now making its way in through the back door
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“A future without the ILF is terrifying:” government’s new attack on the Independent Living Fund

7 Mar 2014: "To callously strip disabled people of their most basic freedoms cannot by any reasonable person be considered a promotion of equality."
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Stop workfare in its tracks: take action with Boycott Workfare from 29 March to 6 April

6 Mar 2014: New and even harsher conditionality is coming to people on JSA. Join the fightback. Workfare does not help people find jobs and being unemployed is not a crime.
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Hospital closure clause: the toxic addition to the Care Bill

3 Mar 2014: Email your MP now and help spread the word about this threat to our local NHS hospitals.
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The Fair Tax mark could help close UK’s tax gap

2 Mar 2014: The Fair Tax Mark has been developed by a team of tax justice campaigners, including Richard Murphy, and experts in corporate responsibility and ethical consumerism.
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Join the workfare action on 1 March

27 Feb 2014: Boycott workfare invites other groups to pay a visit to your local store too and put the pressure on for Peacocks to pay its staff!
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There’s still time to persuade your MP to attend the WOW debate on Thursday

24 Feb 2014: The WOW petition calls for a cumulative impact assessment of the impact of "welfare reform" on sick and disabled people. Tell your MP to be there!
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Video from the protest: Focus E15 mums take their petition for social housing to City Hall

23 Feb 2014: Boris wasn't in. The women left him a signed greeting card as well.
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Campaigners to meet at Royal Courts on Friday for bedroom tax appeal judgment

20 Feb 2014: Disabled people and supporters to meet at the Royal Courts of Justice for the Court of Appeal judgment in the 'bedroom tax' legal challenge.
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Join the Focus E15 mothers this Friday in their fight for housing for all!

18 Feb 2014: This group of young women have been battling Newham council for accommodation for themselves and their small children for about six months. On Friday, they're holding a special event...
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This week: take part in the protests against #Atos

16 Feb 2014: This week on Wednesday February 19, protesters will gather nationally outside Atos centres to peacefully protest the inhumane treatment of people on ESA.
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An important survey on the social care system

14 Feb 2014: Carerwatch is running an important survey on people's experiences of the care system, which is under real attack as austerity cuts continue.
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Make sure your MP attends the WOW debate! 11.30am February 27 at the House of Commons

13 Feb 2014: The WOW team have secured 27 February as the date to debate the WOW petition. Let your MP know.
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Get benefit street wise: how benefits really help people

10 Feb 2014: Come with us down a typical street and see who is getting benefits and why.
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The teachers’ strike: the reasons

9 Feb 2014: More on the reasons for the national teachers' strike across England and Wales on Wednesday 26 March.
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Why we need libraries

8 Feb 2014: Today is National Libraries Day. In this post, Lousie Whittle explains what libraries mean to her and how cuts to library services are affecting people:
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Send your ESA and WCA experiences to the Work and Pensions committee enquiry

7 Feb 2014: The parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee wants to hear about your experiences with Employment and Support Allowance, Atos and the ESA work capability assessment.
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Feeling the squeeze: service users and staff are worth more than this

4 Feb 2014: Rarely can the old adage about lies, damn lies and statistics have been better demonstrated than with the ongoing spat around the latest pay and incomes data.
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The WOW debate is a go - now the WOW petition needs your help again! Contact your MP….

3 Feb 2014: Help secure a full debate on the WOW petition in the House of Commons
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UK outsourcing expands despite high failure rates

30 Jan 2014: In this article, outsourcing analyst Dexter Whitfield shows how Public-Private Partnerships have continued to grow - even as they have continued to fail.
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From Save Lewisham Hospital campaign: fight Clause 118 and potential hospital closures

28 Jan 2014: Contact your MP to stop government plans for a care bill clause that will make it far easier to close hospitals without proper consultation
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Fight sanctions, energy bills, housing problems, WCA - join the welfare action gathering!

26 Jan 2014: Join the many people across the UK who are getting together to push back workfare, fight sanctions, demand decent housing and fight rising energy bills.
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Great video about the fight against London Underground ticket office closures

23 Jan 2014: A really good film here from Reel News about the threats to London Underground ticket offices and staff:
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Next week: more IWGB strike action for outsourced workers at the University of London

20 Jan 2014: Outsourced cleaning, security, and maintenance workers at the central University of London prepare for strike action: 27, 28 and 29 January 2014.
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Young mothers occupy Newham council to fight for social housing for all: Focus E15

19 Jan 2014: On Friday, a group of young Stratford mums occupied the East Thames Housing Association building and Newham council's housing offices as part of their ongoing fight for decent social housing in Newham.
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For all those who think that getting benefits is easy…well, it’s not

17 Jan 2014: This post from Jayne Linney tells you about a typical experience and day...
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National demonstration against Atos

16 Jan 2014: Next month, protesters will gather nationally outside Atos centres to peacefully protest the inhumane treatment of people receiving employment support allowance.
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Launching tomorrow: Film stories from 50 years of campaigning and fightback

13 Jan 2014: On Tuesday night, the launch of ten short films which document 50 years of campaigning, strikes, occupations, work ins and solidarity for fair pay, decent jobs, and economic justice.
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Fuel poverty: people talk about their ongoing struggle to pay their fuel bills

12 Jan 2014: Since the end of last year, Abi Ramanan has been talking to people at fuel poverty protests who are struggling to keep themselves and their homes warm.
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Who benefits from benefits? A very good post from Sue Marsh

9 Jan 2014: Benefits and social security are extremely important and must be defended. This post, which is from Sue Marsh's site, gives very good insight into this.
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The many successes in the fight against workfare and campaigning for 2014

8 Jan 2014: A really good post from Boycott Workfare about 2013's fight against workfare and why the ongoing fight against workfare is vital, whether you're in or out of work.
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Protests against legal aid cuts today

6 Jan 2014: A national day of action by barristers and solicitors and a Justice Alliance demonstration today highlight serious concerns with proposed legal aid changes
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Dates to diary: cuts protests and meetings already organised for 2014

2 Jan 2014: Some of the important cuts fightback events and meetings that are already planned for the first weeks of January
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Good update from Joe Halewood: about the bedroom tax – the issues for 2014

30 Dec 2013: Joe Halewood with key points for people fighting the bedroom tax in 2014.
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Thank you for all your help and input this year!

24 Dec 2013: Thanks to everyone who has supported us and worked with us in 2013. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.
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Excellent from We Own It: 12 days of privatised Christmas!

22 Dec 2013: A very good short video on privatisations and selloffs this year...
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Campaign launched against employer which refuses to pay careworkers minimum wage

20 Dec 2013: Low paid staff have very bad working conditions - zero hours contracts, no travel time paid - while boss has luxury boats and cars.
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Project Hero and the student loans sell-off – an update and report transcript

18 Dec 2013: Andrew McGettigan updates on Project Hero and provides a transcript of the Project Hero report on proposals to privatise the student loans book.
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#CareBill: this film shows the daily reality of a severely disabled person’s care

16 Dec 2013: Over 24 hours, Mary shows what round-the-clock care looks like. Mary needs carers to cook for her, feed her, shower her and to take her to the toilet.
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Video from Tyneside MIND: mental health and the work capability assessment

15 Dec 2013: Many people find the process of going through the WCA difficult and distressing and this is reflected in the film.
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Breaking news: government reviewer opposed rollout of #ESA

13 Dec 2013: Ian Duncan-Smith and others took the decision to push nearly 2 million people through a failing test as quickly as they could. Why?
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Fuel poverty action meeting - and a film with people around the country talking about austerity

12 Dec 2013: With rising energy prices and people not able to afford to heat their homes, now is the time to join the fight against fuel poverty.
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The second People’s Review of the work capability assessment

9 Dec 2013: This is very much worth a read: the second user-based We Are Spartacus review of the failed Work Capability Assessment that has brought so much distress to so many people.
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IDS to answer questions at parliament today about the Universal Credit disaster…

9 Dec 2013: Iain Duncan Smith must answer questions today about his disastrous universal credit scheme and the DWP's misuse of benefits statistics.
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From Leeds: an excellent case study-based report on the devastating impacts of the bedroom tax

5 Dec 2013: The report draws on evidence from 60 case studies of affected tenants and Leeds City Council statistics (acquired through Freedom of Information requests) to provide a detailed picture of the impact on the bedroom tax.
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Our latest Guardian research: bankruptcy and repossession threat as council tax benefit cuts hit

2 Dec 2013: The number of households threatened with bankruptcy and repossession has increased at double the rate in councils that passed on government cuts to council tax benefits, leaving 670,000 facing bailiffs in the first six months of this year.
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An amazing article on the destruction of Barnet services for disabled people

1 Dec 2013: Barnet blogger and journalist Mrs Angry on the fallout from Barnet council's attempt to make a profit out of services for people with learning difficulties.
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Very nearly there - sign the #wowpetition now!

28 Nov 2013: Set up by Francesca Martinez , the Wow Petition calls for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of welfare reform, and a new deal for sick and disabled people.
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Mirror, False Economy and Moore Lavan film on saving the Independent Living Fund

27 Nov 2013: "This is how I became disabled and this is what the care I need actually looks like each day."
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Emergency Meeting on the Future of Disabled People’s Independent Living in the UK

25 Nov 2013: From DPAC and Inclusion London: this is a pivotal moment for the future of independent living for disabled people in the UK.
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#JusticeNotJumpers: protestors to target energy companies on fuel poverty

22 Nov 2013: On Tuesday 26 November, over a thousand people will take action against Npower and other Big Six energy companies on day that Winter Death statistics are released.
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Today: Public Accounts Committee to question private companies on public services failings

20 Nov 2013: At 2:15 pm, the Public Accounts Committee questions Serco, G4S, Atos and Capita regarding spectacular public service outsourcing failures.
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20 November: Day of action against blacklisting. Make the culprits Own Up! Pay Up! Clean Up!

19 Nov 2013: For over 20 years, employers in the construction industry used secret files to vet new recruits and keep out trade union and health and safety activists. Join tomorrow's protests!
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Petition goes to parliament: hold IDS to account for his appalling misuse of statistics

17 Nov 2013: Jayne Linney and Debbie Sayers will be in parliament tomorrow with their 105,000-signature petition to hold Iain Duncan Smith to account for his false statistics.
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Great victory last week - but the fight for independent living for disabled people must continue

14 Nov 2013: Statement from Independent Living Fund recipients: disabled people of all ages must have the right to live in the community with the personal assistance and professional services they need.
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From the excellent Captain Ska - the Iain Duncan Smith legacy…

13 Nov 2013: Iain Duncan Smith: Foodbanks, poverty, bedroom tax, attacks on disabled people, benefit cuts, appalling Atos decisions - it's all there.
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Have you signed the #WowPetition yet? Only a month left…

12 Nov 2013: The petition calls for a Cumulative Impact Assessment of welfare reform, and a new deal for sick and disabled people. Nearly 80,000 signatures - sign now!
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Why is Capita’s mass-outsourcing contract with Barnet council costing even more?

10 Nov 2013: More privatisation warnings: Barnet Bloggers ask why the mass-privatisation of Barnet council services suddenly involves expenditure it was not supposed to...
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Great result: disabled people celebrate victory over government to save the Independent Living Fund

6 Nov 2013: Video and report today as the Court of Appeal today upheld a legal challenge by five disabled people against the government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund.
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How Capita boasts of its close relationship with government

4 Nov 2013: Quotes from a Capita statement which show just how close private companies are to government and how they exercise their lobbying powers.
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End #sanctions, fight workfare: join the Boycott Workfare week of action 2- 8 December

3 Nov 2013: It looks clear that more than a million people will have faced benefit sanctions - and the hunger, pressure on families and stress they cause - by the end of the year.
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Jayne Linney on the conspicuous absence of IDS

1 Nov 2013: Months after starting a petition which now has over 104,000 signatures, Jayne Linney and Debbie Sayers are STILL trying to hold Iain Duncan Smith to account for his misuse of statistics.
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Is Hunt about to wield the axe on London hospitals?

30 Oct 2013: From Open Democracy: Another attempt is being made to browbeat people into accepting wholesale closures of A&E and other hospital services to “save lives”.
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Sanctions: ‘Punishing Poverty?’ a new report by the CAB

27 Oct 2013: Citizens Advice has a new report which describes the seriousness of sanctions and the dire financial position people end in when they are sanctioned.
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This is what it is like: a Hackney lawyer describes a fight to stop an eviction….

24 Oct 2013: Jim can’t deal with the 27 page Housing Benefit form that he received. Six months of rent arrears clock up in a flash...
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Crisis in the number of mental health beds: does this mean unsafe practice?

22 Oct 2013: More on concerns that the cuts in the number of psychiatric beds are leading to unsafe and possibly illegal practices.
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Vigil to defend #ESA #WCA court decision in favour of mental health claimants

20 Oct 2013: On Monday 21 October and Tuesday 22 October, the Judical Review Appeal for the Atos WCA for mental health claimants will be heard at the Royal Courts in London.
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#TeacherROAR: why teachers are striking today

17 Oct 2013: Today, teachers in the'North East, Cumbria, London, South East and South West'will go on strike. This is the third in a series of rolling strike action by two teaching unions, the NUT and the NASUWT.
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Help DPAC and MyLegalForum gather data on Jobcentre Plus, the work programme and sanctions

16 Oct 2013: The survey is for people who are on Jobseekers Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (Work Related Activity Group) or who have previously been on these social security benefits.
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Leeds Hands Off Homes survey on the bedroom tax: interesting results coming through

15 Oct 2013: An interesting and detailed update from Leeds Hands Off Homes on the bedroom survey they're running.
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Vigil to save the Independent Living Fund

13 Oct 2013: On Monday October 14, join Disabled People Against Cuts in support of disabled claimants challenging the government’s consultation on the closure of the Independent Living Fund.
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Birmingham council lobbied on the unfair, unworkable #bedroomtax

10 Oct 2013: Campaigners lobby Birmingham City Council for a no eviction policy, so that those who are caught by this unfair charge do not risk losing their homes.
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Not getting adequate care: case studies

7 Oct 2013: We've spoken to many people who have struggled to find adequate care for themselves, or their family members. We're publishing some of the case studies that we made with those people here.
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Roads blocked for justice!

6 Oct 2013: Excellent work from UK Uncut, Disabled People Against the Cuts, Plane Stupid and Fuel Poverty Action yesterday, who blocked roads in a mass protest at cuts to legal aid.
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Four people who’ve been long-term unemployed talk about their experiences

3 Oct 2013: A collection of interviews with people who are dealing with long-term unemployment and homelessness.
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UK Uncut roadblocks: all go for October 5. Save legal aid!

2 Oct 2013: Roadblock protests will go ahead this weekend, campaign group UK Uncut have confirmed, as the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, reiterated plans to slash legal aid in his speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.
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Osborne’s plans to criminalise unemployed people - and more on US workfare

30 Sep 2013: George Osborne’s announcement that more unemployed people will be forced to work without a wage or face losing their only source of income - and some facts on US workfare.
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Save the NHS - March on Manchester!

28 Sep 2013: Supporters of the NHS and those who want to defend jobs, services and the welfare state will march in Manchester to deliver a clear message to Conservatives.
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October vigils at court appeals for ILF and decision on mental health and WCA

27 Sep 2013: Join DPAC and the Mental Health Resistance Network as they fight for the Independent Living Fund and a court decision for people going through the Atos work capability assessment.
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Save the #NHS and join the march and rally on 29 September!

24 Sep 2013: Only a few days to go....
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Your discretionary housing payment has run out. Pay the #bedroomtax yourself.

22 Sep 2013: More evidence that evictions are on the horizon and the bedroom tax needs to be scrapped right away...
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On probation: Dear Chris Grayling

20 Sep 2013: A probation officer says to Chris Grayling: I just wanted to say a few things before you dismantle a service which has not only given me a career - it has also saved lives.
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Our research in the Independent: bedroom tax: 50,000 people face eviction

18 Sep 2013: The Independent's front page story for Thursday features our latest research on the bedroom tax, which shows the scale of the debt caused by the government's bedroom tax.
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Lots more coaches added for travel to the 29 September Save Our NHS demo!

17 Sep 2013: More and more people plan to march on Tory party conference in Manchester to defend the NHS, jobs, services and the welfare state. Join us!
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Councils using zero hours, casual staff and the work programme

15 Sep 2013: Numbers from councils and working arrangements that make employment and wages insecure.
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Reasons why the Royal Mail shouldn’t be privatised - and more outsourcing failures…

12 Sep 2013: We Own It on the reasons why Royal Mail must not be sold off - and more examples of spectacular outsourcing failures.
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On the bedroom tax…

11 Sep 2013: Video testimonies from bedroom tax tenants about the effect of the bedroom tax on their lives.
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Human chain for arts and culture

9 Sep 2013: Join Lost Arts on Wednesday 18 September at 6pm for a human chain in front of the National Gallery to protect arts funding.
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The race to privatise England’s NHS

8 Sep 2013: New figures published by the NHS support Federation this week prove that the government’s NHS changes are resulting in increased outsourcing.
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Who is getting the money from water?

6 Sep 2013: Research shows that water privatisation is not more efficient - and it tends to mean higher prices for consumers and/or underinvestment
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Latest research and data by False Economy

3 Sep 2013: Our research in the press and the databases of public sector privatisation and outsourcing information we're compiling.
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Listing of coaches to the Save Our NHS rally at Conservative Party Conference

29 Aug 2013: See the coaches to the rally that have already been organised and/or list your own!
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Assess the assessor questionnaire!

22 Aug 2013: Great comedian and political activist Mark Thomas is fronting a six-month Assessing the Assessors campaign. See ths show - and/or if you're online, you can fill in the Assess Atos questionnaire!
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Unmasking austerity - harsh lessons from Europe and North America

20 Aug 2013: Dexter Whitfield on the reasons why austerity has failed and its disastrous economic and social effects in Europe and North America.
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Money wasted in council privatisation fiascos - and how those companies are eyeing up the NHS…

18 Aug 2013: How much does it cost councils to get out of private sector contracts, or to deal with contract disputes and cost overruns with private companies? How much of this will we see as private companies race for NHS contracts?
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Video: Save the NHS and join the march and rally 29 September!

17 Aug 2013: Watch this great video and get ready to join the march and rally for the NHS on 29 September.
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The mass sleepout - 24 August!

12 Aug 2013: There already events planned as part of the national day of action on August 24 in over 40 towns and cities across the UK.
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Information for people summonsed to court over council tax

9 Aug 2013: Reducing spending to wipe out the debt left by irresponsible bankers was the excuse but it is those who can least afford to pay who are picking up the bill.
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Is Hoban and the DWP letting you know your rights on Atos assessment recordings?

5 Aug 2013: Have you got an employment and support allowance Atos face-to-face assessment coming up? Has the DWP let you know that you can ask for your assessment to be recorded?
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Tell the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester: SAVE OUR NHS

4 Aug 2013: Defend Jobs and Services. No to Austerity. March and Rally - Sunday 29 September 2013.
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The fight against council tax benefit cuts

30 Jul 2013: Haringey resident Reverend Paul Nicolson is refusing to pay his council tax in protest at the cuts to council tax benefit and other government welfare ‘reforms.’ Support him at court on Friday.
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Supreme Court to hear government’s appeal on the workfare regulations

28 Jul 2013: Tomorrow, the Supreme Court considers the DWP's appeal against the unanimous judgment which held that the regulations under which most of the government’s Back to Work schemes were created were unlawful.
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No surprise there then: IDS runs away from “statistics” questioning

26 Jul 2013: IDS will now NOT appear at the September Work and Pensions committee to answer questions about his misuse of statistics.
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Top ten private sector commissioning failures

21 Jul 2013: Barnet Unison has put together its top ten list of privatisation failures. Some extraordinary ones in here. We might add more.
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The costs and problems of sourcing medical support information for ESA

19 Jul 2013: Yesterday, the BBC reported that GPs in south east Wales had been told to stop writing letters for patients appealing against decisions to stop benefit payments. That and costs make life very hard for claimants.
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From Jayne Linney: IDS WILL answer for misusing stats

17 Jul 2013: IDS will attend the Work & Pensions Select Committee says Dame Anne Begg chair of the Select Committe today
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Barnet council mass privatisation plans in court today: #BarnetJR

15 Jul 2013: Join campaigners today for the appeal hearing to keep fighting Barnet Council's mass-outsourcing programme: Monday and Tuesday 15 and 16 July, 9:30 for 10am start, at the High Court, The Strand.
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Layers of inequality: impact of public spending cuts on black, asian and minority women

9 Jul 2013: A new report demonstrates the far-reaching impacts of public spending cuts and social security "reform" on BAME women in Coventry.
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The disability stats the government DOESN’T want you to see

8 Jul 2013: When asked "Would you like to see more or less spending on disabled people who cannot work? 46.7% want MORE or even much more. Just 4.1 % want less.
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