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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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Jeremy Hunt and the truth behind so-called Health Tourism

28 Aug 2013: Richard Blogger investigates: it looks very much like we get far more from tourists than so-called "healthcare tourists" get from us.
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Resist cuts to legal aid: no justice, no peace

27 Aug 2013: UK Uncut: civil disobedience to fight cuts to legal aid and to resist the government’s plans to block access to justice.
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Disabled People Against Cuts: starting 7 days of action to reclaim our futures!

25 Aug 2013: The week of action against cuts, austerity and to fight for the rights of disabled people starts this week on 29 August.
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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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Week of action: protest against austerity, fight for rights and celebrate disabled people!

14 Aug 2013: Our history is full of examples of how disabled community has come together when under attack to fight - and win. Join the Reclaiming Our Futures actions.
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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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The handing of a whole council to Capita: this is how they’ll come for the NHS

7 Aug 2013: A judicial review decision will allow Capita to take over almost all our Barnet council services and use them as a source of huge profit for their shareholders. Read this to see how residents' concerns were ignored.
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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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Bedroom tax – why reclassification is best for landlords and councils

1 Aug 2013: Joe Halewood with more on room size and lifting households out of the bedroom tax.
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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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Bedroom tax judicial review judgment and vigil on Tuesday morning

29 Jul 2013: Disabled people and supporters will gather outside the Royal Courts of Justice on Tuesday as the judgment in the 'bedroom tax' legal challenge is handed down.
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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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PCS - criminal enforcement staff to take action against privatisation

26 Jul 2013: G4S and Serco scandals prove privatisation has no place in justice. Our members who collect court fines, chase up unpaid fines and breached warrants are taking action.
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Disabled People Against Cuts: 7 days of action to reclaim our futures!

23 Jul 2013: Join this year’s week of action to protest against austerity, fight for our rights and celebrate disabled people.
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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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From UKUncut: HSBC branches face ‘food bank’ occupations over tax avoidance

19 Jul 2013: On Saturday, UK Uncut holds nationwide actions in protest at government welfare cuts
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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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A list of completely ridiculous benefit sanctions people have experienced

13 Jul 2013: Birmingham Against Cuts presents cases of benefit sanctions that they’ve come across online, in newspapers and parliamentary debates.
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Universal credit rollout delayed, but workfare for workers set to start

12 Jul 2013: More about the growing failure that is Universal Credit - and also, join Birmingham Against the Cuts this weekend to protest at workfare!
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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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Big debate Wednesday! - the effects of government policies on disabled people

8 Jul 2013: On Wednesday 10 July, parliament will see a “debate the changes they have made that affect disabled people
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UK Uncut callout: Foodbanks - Stuff the Banks! Saturday 20 July

5 Jul 2013: Over half a million people in the UK are going hungry. UK Uncut will be setting up our own UK Uncut style food banks inside branches of HSBC – shutting down the UK’s biggest, bonus-munching, crisis-causing, tax-dodging bank.
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Mental health, WCAs, PIP and the DWP appealing judicial decisions

3 Jul 2013: What happens now for people with mental health illnesses who must go through work capability assessment and Atos and Capita personal independence payment face to face assessments?
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PIP mobility consultation: Making the most of the opportunity to input

1 Jul 2013: Make the most of this opportunity to tell the DWP what we think of the 20-metre walking distance criteria for enhanced rate mobility PIP and other aspects of the Moving around activity.
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Fight the bedroom tax: community deputation to Leeds city council

30 Jun 2013: On Monday 1 July, Hands off our Homes in Leeds will give a community deputation to the full Council meeting of Leeds City Council calling for an end to the bedroom tax.
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The Cruelty in Osborne’s spending review

28 Jun 2013: Sue Marsh: these changes will starve children, push mothers and fathers to foodbanks and charity, force proud men and women to beg.
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Lies, damned lies and Iain Duncan Smith’s “statistics”

27 Jun 2013: The DWP will shortly release its annual report. DPAC is celebrating this by releasing a report showing how the DWP and DWP Ministers make claims which are simply untrue.
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Austerity isn’t working but Osborne will extend it

26 Jun 2013: The excellent Birmingham Against the cuts on real stories of austerity and spending reviews
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Private healthcare fraud - a growing risk

23 Jun 2013: A new report from the Centre for Health & the Public Interest highlights how the increased use of private healthcare providers in the NHS opens up considerable opportunities for fraud.
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More signatures to stop the War On Welfare!

22 Jun 2013: Time for a reblog of the #WOWpetition for more signatures to stop the war on welfare. Please circulate and share and click here to sign the petition!
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Further consultation on the personal independence payment

19 Jun 2013: This is the press release Jane Young put out this week on the DWP’s announcement of a new consultation on the mobility component of PIP
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A battle of biblical proportions: can Lewisham beat Jeremy Hunt?

18 Jun 2013: A small, community-based campaign group in south London takes on the parliamentary might of the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt himself. In court.
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Boycott Workfare calls for sanctions stories

16 Jun 2013: With your help, Boycott Workfare would like to highlight the devastating impact that benefit sanctions are having on people’s lives by collecting together experiences of benefit sanctions.
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Project Hero deserves a zero: comment on our student loans interest increase story

14 Jun 2013: Higher Education specialist Andrew McGettigan on the realities and costs people will face with "monetising" of student loans
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Our research in the Guardian: secret report proposes interest rates raise on old student loans

13 Jun 2013: A confidential report commissioned by the government has proposed redrawing the terms of student loans taken out over the past 15 years, that would make them more expensive to pay back for 3.6m borrowers in England alone.
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UK Uncut callout: They Owe Us! 14 June, 12.30pm, Canary Wharf, London

11 Jun 2013: As leaders converge on Britain to push their agenda of brutal austerity, join us in Canary Wharf, the soulless heart of financial capitalism, to expose their lies and fight for the alternative.
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The neoliberal epidemic striking healthcare

9 Jun 2013: "A new pernicious epidemic stalks the world's health care systems. It is the rampant spread of pro-market 'reforms', devised and promoted by a narrow policy-making academic and political elite."
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The Tories threaten to completely corrupt our justice system

7 Jun 2013: The excellent Birmingham Against Cuts on the government's campaign of destruction against our justice system.
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How the bedroom tax will transfer housing stock from taxpayers to banks

5 Jun 2013: In this Open Democracy article, Mel Kelly asks who will really benefit from the bedroom tax
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Ten big questions for economic policy

4 Jun 2013: Duncan Weldon asks ten questions for economic reform, including - how can we ensure that the rewards from growth actually benefit most people? and how can we reduce our dependence on the financial sector as a driver of growth?
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The cuts to the civil and criminal legal aid budget

2 Jun 2013: Young Legal Aid Laywers on the proposals that represent a major attack on the rule of law.
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An update and film trailer from the makers of The Spirit Level documentary…

31 May 2013: Filmmakers are talking to people around the world, in different societies, at different income levels. In this blog, producer Katharine Round talks about making the documentary.
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Bedroom tax and the ‘tenant power bloc’ forming – landlords and IDS beware!

30 May 2013: Joe Halewood on the rise and rise of tenant mobilisation against the bedroom tax and what that will mean for Iain Duncan Smith and social housing landlords
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Saturday 1 June: national day of action against the bedroom tax

28 May 2013: On Saturday 1 June, local protests against the bedroom tax are being called all over the UK. Here are some details of the protests and contact information for organisers.
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Our latest research in the Guardian: bedroom tax could make 1000s homeless

27 May 2013: Our latest numbers show that a severe shortage of one-bedroom properties will hit tens of thousands unless new homes are built.
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Social benefit lawyer RIP

26 May 2013: Definitely worth a repost: Frontline Hackney published this just before legal aid cuts were made. It's a good reminder of the work that we need legal aid lawyers for.
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The interests really driving NHS reforms

24 May 2013: Whose interests are really driving NHS reforms? As Caroline Molloy says in this article from OpenDemocracy - Our NHS, the latest move by former Health Secretary Alan Milburn provides a clue.
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Victory as judges rule controversial disability benefits procedure is unfair

22 May 2013: Judges rule the procedure used by the DWP to decide eligibility for ESA disadvantages people with mental health problems, learning disabilities and autism.
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When will the economy recover?

21 May 2013: Duncan Weldon asks: taking stock of current forecasts, when exactly can we call a recovery in the UK?
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Barnet council to hand regulation to the private sector… Remember the horsemeat scandal?

20 May 2013: Today, Barnet council staff were told that Capita Symonds is the preferred bidder to deliver a range of regulatory services to Barnet residents and businesses - the latest step in the council's plan to mass-privatise services.
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Hold IDS to account for his misuse of statistics

19 May 2013: Recent reports show the Work and Pensions Secretary misrepresented statistics to make a political point. Sign the petition to hold him to account.
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The high court and the future of the bedroom tax

16 May 2013: Sue McCafferty from We Are Spartacus on the inconsistency, confusion and hardship people are enduring with the bedroom tax.
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Do Atos mental function champions really make WCAs “better”?

15 May 2013: In anticipation of tomorrow's debate on mental health in parliament, we're publishing this story about the problems a group of us have had finding out more about Atos work capability assessment mental function champions.
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Tomorrow: support claimants taking court action against the bedroom tax

14 May 2013: The ten claims, made by a range of people affected by the Bedroom Tax which came into force from 1st April this year, will be heard together over three days starting on Wednesday 15 May.
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This Saturday: London protest to defend the NHS!

13 May 2013: ●Save Our Hospitals ●No to Privatisation: join the protest this weekend
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The benefit cap and the DWP’s misuse of statistics

10 May 2013: Why the DWP's manipulation of data to justify regressive policies is of deep concern
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After Section 75 - where next for NHS campaigners?

9 May 2013: The House of Lords recently voted to open up the NHS to far more private sector competition. The overwhelming opposition fell on deaf ears. Caroline Molloy asks: where do we go from here?
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Welfare reforms not fit to work: leading doctors protest at ‘cruel’ disability tests

7 May 2013: At last year's BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting, doctors voted overwhelmingly to demand that the DWP-Atos Work Capability Assessment end ’with immediate effect’. Campaigners demand action now.
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How the bedroom tax unfolds: the letters and home visits people are getting

5 May 2013: We're talking to people who have been told they must pay the bedroom tax and we're following their stories, to see how this frightening tax unfolds. It isn't good.
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Bedroom tax research: call for evidence

2 May 2013: The We Are Spartacus campaign is running a project to find out how the bedroom tax is affecting sick and disabled people. Please crosspost and share this information!
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Independent Living Fund recipient interviews in the Mirror today

1 May 2013: The videos on this page are interviews we made with people who are affected by the government’s atrocious recent decision to close the Independent Living Fund.
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One Barnet: the Judicial Review finding - a moral victory, out of time

29 Apr 2013: The excellent Mrs Angry on today's Barnet council outsourcing judicial review application decision - and why it is vital to fight on to save public services.
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How the bedroom tax is unfolding: Birmingham council report shows impact

27 Apr 2013: A report presented to this week’s Birmingham City Council Cabinet puts numbers and places to the horrific impact of the bedroom tax and benefit cap in Birmingham.
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Beware of the government’s NHS personal healthcare budgets

24 Apr 2013: The government wants personal health budgets introduced for NHS patients across the country. In this post, Richard Blogger looks at the problems PHBs could create.
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Experts speak: why section 75 NHS privatisation regulations are such a threat

23 Apr 2013: Caroline Molloy explains why the NHS privatisation regulations (which will be voted on in the Lords tomorrow) present such a danger to the NHS.
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How the bedroom tax is unfolding

21 Apr 2013: People are already getting calls and letters about paying the bedroom tax. We're talking to a few of those people, following their stories and asking questions of their landlords.
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Fiscal frameworks and increasing public spending

19 Apr 2013: Those arguing that policymakers should sign up to current fiscal plans are in effect arguing they should sign up to a fiscal framework that has failed to reduce the deficit anywhere as much as promised
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Household savings ratio: the most important graph for the UK economy?

18 Apr 2013: Duncan Weldon asks if policies that drive down the household savings ratio desirable and argues that in the long run, recovery will only be sustainable if it is build on the solid foundations of rising household incomes.
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This Saturday: demonstrate in Leeds against the bedroom tax!

16 Apr 2013: This weekend, people in Leeds will say No to the bedroom tax and No to evictions!
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TUC calls on statistics watchdog to investigate minister over benefit claims

15 Apr 2013: TUC writes to the UK Statistics Authority, calling on it to investigate Iain Duncan Smith for 'misusing' official statistics to justify the government's benefits cap.
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Say no to rural poverty - protect the Agricultural Wages Board

14 Apr 2013: On Tuesday, MPs have a vote on the Government’s plan to abolish the Agricultural Wages Board. Send MPs a message that we want them to vote no to rural poverty, and no to scrapping the AWB.
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Write a letter now and save our NHS!

12 Apr 2013: Your letters can make a different and help pevent full privatisation of our NHS at the upcoming Section 75 debate on 24 April.
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Public meeting to bring Your Choice Barnet back inhouse

10 Apr 2013: Barnet Alliance for Public Services calls on Barnet Council to bring services for adults with disabilities back inhouse after its Your Choice "support services" company runs into financial trouble.
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Why I am suing the government over DLA and PIP

9 Apr 2013: Steven Sumpter at Latent Existence receives Disability Living Allowance. In this post, he explains why he is challenging the government's DLA changes in court and how those changes will affect him.
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PIP faces legal challenge!

8 Apr 2013: Wearespartacus.org.uk challenges changes to the new PIP (Personal Independence Payments replacing DLA or Disability Living Allowance) mobility criteria.
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Tax cut for the richest, tax increase for the poorest and social security attacked

7 Apr 2013: Birmingham against cuts on the unfairness of tax cuts for the rich and tax increases for the poorest.
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UK Uncut: who wants to evict a millionnaire?

6 Apr 2013: On Saturday 13th April, UK Uncut will be using civil disobedience in London against a massive wave of cuts that will hit millions of people across the country.
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Crunch time looms: experts speak out against NHS privatisation regulations

5 Apr 2013: It is hard to overstate the implications for the public of the NHS privatisation regulations going through parliament. Caroline Molloy speaks to a range of experts about these regulations and why everyone should be very, very worried.
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Social landlords must stand with tenants against the bedroom tax

3 Apr 2013: Hands off Our Homes in Leeds on the problems people are raising at bedroom tax meetings and calls for councils to support tenants.
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Let’s focus on the real cheats

3 Apr 2013: The excellent Harpymarx on the government's attacks on social security...and the ongoing money lost to tax avoidance.
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Want to Shout about ESA? Here’s your chance #ESAendgame

2 Apr 2013: Act together to end the pain of ESA now!
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Bedroom tax, council tax benefit cuts, DLA to PIP: a perfect storm all right

31 Mar 2013: As the Independent says today, "Britain's poorest will be hit by a "devastating" barrage of new cuts and taxes tomorrow, as a range of government welfare changes are introduced."
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Private patients in NHS trusts: how it’s happening

29 Mar 2013: In this post and guide, the excellent Richard Blogger explains the "private patients in the NHS" phenomenon and how this is structured and growing:
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Government fails to prevent legal challenge to bedroom tax

27 Mar 2013: The Government has failed in its attempt to prevent legal action against its controversial bedroom tax, after permission was granted for a judicial review of the regulations.
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Wednesday: Day of action against cuts to rail staff numbers

26 Mar 2013: Day of Action on staff cuts: Wednesday 27 March. Action for Rail campaigners will be getting out and about and meeting passengers at stations around the UK.
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The reality of time-limited employment and support allowance

25 Mar 2013: A real life story about the effects of limiting contributions-based ESA to just 365 days.
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After their court action this week, Barnet residents march for public services

23 Mar 2013: Barnet residents, campaigners and their many supporters march today in defence of public services and against cuts and the One Barnet outsourcing programme.
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Action for rail: stop cuts to station, train and maintenance and safety staff

21 Mar 2013: Join Action for Rail on their day of action against staff cuts - 27 March!
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A response to Mark Hoban’s lies: workfare doesn’t work

19 Mar 2013: Birmingham Against Cuts lays out the case against workfare.
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Vigil to support legal challenge against Barnet council privatisation

18 Mar 2013: Starting with a vigil tomorrow, there's a week of action against privatisation in Barnet.
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Independent Living Fund users deserve respect, not contempt

17 Mar 2013: Stuart Bracking on the reasons why people with severe disabilities must continue to be supported in independent living.
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From Birmingham: of short breaks and eligibility criteria

15 Mar 2013: The West Midlands Social Work Action Network on the growing issues in Birmingham with council proposals for short breaks for children with disabilities and their families.
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From bedroom to ballroom to courtroom: fighting for independence

14 Mar 2013: Writer, performer and Independent Living Fund recipient Penny Pepper on the first day in court to fight government plans to close the ILF.
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Amend in haste, repent at leisure - the NHS privatisation battle is still on

12 Mar 2013: Caroline Molloy: no-one voted for NHS privatisation, it’s not in the coalition agreement, it won’t save money and it won’t provide better results.
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Vigil at court hearing: save the Independent Living Fund

11 Mar 2013: Come and support the six disabled people who are going to court to fight the government's decision to close the Independent Living Fund.
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One Barnet - worst fears about outsourcing are being realised

10 Mar 2013: Barnet Unison branch secretary John Burgess on the effects of outsourcing in Barnet as jobs are cut and low-paid careworkers bear the brunt of privatisation ideology.
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The fight against NHS privatisation is far from over: more mobilisation is needed

8 Mar 2013: The NHS privatisation juggernaut will roll on...
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ESA SOS - the starting gun

7 Mar 2013: Help Sue Marsh show all politicians of all parties that the public is not ok with employment and support allowance and the work capability assessment.
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ILF closure and the levels of care support disabled people with high support needs can expect

5 Mar 2013: How the closure of the Independent Living Fund puts the problems of council care funding into sharp focus
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More from disabled people on the closure of the Independent Living Fund

4 Mar 2013: More testimonies from people who will lose much-needed carer hours if the ILF closes.
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Your Choice? Bad choice: care services to take another hit at Barnet

3 Mar 2013: Barnet slashes careworker jobs and salaries: the real stories behind the provision of care to people who desperately need it.
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What the closure of the Independent Living Fund means to disabled people

1 Mar 2013: ILF receipients explain why people with severe disabilities require extra care funding and what the loss of that funding will mean.
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How the UK’s “social” recession looks

28 Feb 2013: How the economic crisis and government cuts impact on the provision of children’s services by local authorities and community groups.
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Our council tax benefit cut research and ILF videos in Guardian

28 Feb 2013: Our latest research and stories in the Guardian
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Bimingham: a bitter fight against austerity measures

27 Feb 2013: Scores of protesters block Birmingham council house and demand that councillors stand up and fight austerity.
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Visualising inequality: photography as a call to action

25 Feb 2013: A new photography exhibition depicts the damaging impact of Britain's ever-growing income gap.
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Urgent: 5 ways you can help beat the privatisation threat to the NHS

24 Feb 2013: There's just over a month to stop legislation which will open up the NHS to compulsory competitive markets and the private sector.
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Austerity has failed. It’s time for a new approach

23 Feb 2013: The credit ratings agencies and George Osborne have been proved wrong.
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The failure of austerity in Europe

21 Feb 2013: Duncan Weldon: the persuasive case that much of the Eurozone’s austerity was driven by bond-market panic, not fundamental factors and much of it has been self-defeating.
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Debates on issues like food regulation rage: Barnet privatises regulatory services

19 Feb 2013: More from the fight against privatisation in Barnet - and a petition to stop the outsourcing of regulatory services.
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Birmingham cuts: protest days organised for next week

18 Feb 2013: On 26 February, Birmingham City Council will meet to vote on the cuts amounting to £102m this year and £625m by 2016 to 2017.
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Report back from Armley Stop the Bedroom Tax Meeting

17 Feb 2013: Last week, Hands off our Homes in Leeds held another successful bedroom tax meeting in Armley.
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What is a bedroom?: significant new bedroom tax challenges emerge

16 Feb 2013: Joe Halewood asks: what is the legal definition of a bedroom for bedroom tax purposes - and is there even one?
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Valentine’s Day protest: Save Lewisham hospital services!

15 Feb 2013: Really good short video on yesterday's protest against Jeremy Hunt's attacks on Lewisham hospital services.
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Equality before the law: a principle abandoned by Britain

13 Feb 2013: Citizens Advice Bureau adviser Deborah Pafield asks: At what point did Britain decide that legal rights don’t apply to poor people?
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A Polite Revolution: the saving of Friern Barnet library

12 Feb 2013: The story of the people's fight to save Friern Barnet library.
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Benefit cuts opposition and calls for benefit summit

11 Feb 2013: The Campaign for Benefit Justice has called a summit to bring together tenants, disabled people, trade unions, the unpaid and the low paid as one national voice.
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Fighting NHS cuts in Greater Manchester

9 Feb 2013: More A&E units under threat of closure or downgrading.
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Discussions with people affected by the closure of the Independent Living fund

6 Feb 2013: The social care crisis will not be improved by the government's decision to close a fund for people with complex care needs.
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More meetings, more protests: Seacroft Stop the Bedroom Tax meeting

5 Feb 2013: Campaigns against the bedroom tax continue across the country.
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Boycott workfare week of action: 18 to 24 March

4 Feb 2013: Join the fierce resistance to workfare that has already caused many high street names and national charities to pull out of the scheme.
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More on the rotten maths and misinformation used to justify the bedroom tax…

3 Feb 2013: Joe Halewood on more of the real numbers behind bedroom tax and why the housing benefit bill will rise and rise with it.
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Barnet: a judicial review upsets the council and its privatisation plans

1 Feb 2013: A court action in Barnet is clearly troubling councillors as they try to push through their privatisation plans...
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Repost: why I have a two-bedroom flat and why I’m worried about the bedroom tax

30 Jan 2013: The council moved me to a two-bedroom flat because I was being threatened by gangs.
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How the homecare “system” fails people who use it and work in it

29 Jan 2013: In a new Unison report, homecare workers talk about the many failings of the current system.
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View from Barnet: Will council tax benefit cuts force even more people into poverty?

28 Jan 2013: Barnet blogger Mr Reasonable looks at the worrying numbers behind council tax benefit cuts and collection in the borough
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April will be a very cruel month……if you are on welfare benefits!

27 Jan 2013: Louise Whittle on the crisis that we are well on course for with the bedroom tax, council tax benefit cuts and other cruel "welfare reforms."
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GDP figures: The Long Slump

26 Jan 2013: Duncan Weldon: since the ‘emergency’ budget of 2010, the economy’s performance has been disastrous.
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More problems with the bedroom tax and why it will add to the welfare bill

25 Jan 2013: What is an acceptable bedroom size? What definitions of underoccupation is the government working to? Will the courts be flooded as the government gets this wrong?
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The impact of benefit cuts: a Birmingham perspective

23 Jan 2013: A few reasons why Birmingham is seeing a growing resistance to "austerity."
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Britain’s fishiest outsourcing firm - and the winner is…

22 Jan 2013: Voting has closed – but what would be a suitable prize for the winner?
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Will Labour protect disabled people? Pat’s Petition goes to Westminster to find out

21 Jan 2013: Help lobby for a cumulative impact assessment of the effects of cuts on disabled people and carers.
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At the Hackney migrant centre: asylum in austerity

21 Jan 2013: Hackney lawyer Nathaniel Mathews meets with people who are waiting for their immigration papers.
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Falling through the cracks in Britain 2013: a CAB adviser reports

19 Jan 2013: In this excellent article, CAB advisor Deborah Padfield maps the appalling real-life fallout of Britain's dying welfare state.
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WCA descriptors fail, DWP fails, Atos fails: a case study

18 Jan 2013: DPAC publishes a recent case which calls the ESA work capability assessment further into question.
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Four year real wage fall will cost average worker £6,000

16 Jan 2013: Wages failing to keep pace with rising prices.
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Lewisham Hospital consultation has been ignored - join the 26 January protest!

15 Jan 2013: Massive opposition to proposals to close Lewisham hospital services continues.
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Occupied Friern Barnet library: ‘The Council’s position has changed’

14 Jan 2013: More on the fight to keep Friern Barnet library in community hands and how community pressure can wrongfoot a council.
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Changes to mobility allowances under PIP – ask your MP to stop this injustice!

13 Jan 2013: Thousand of people are likely to lose their entitlement to mobility allowances under government plans.
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Protecting the most vulnerable? - Birmingham council cuts its children’s services

12 Jan 2013: West Midlands SWAN on Birmingham council's dismantling of children and youg people's services.
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Birmingham Law Centre faces closure as council refuses funding

10 Jan 2013: Access to legal advice threatened even further as more and more people require it.
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Enough of the shirkers rhetoric: people have reasons for needing support

9 Jan 2013: Interviews with people who have been on benefits for the longer-term.
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Ethical Consumer: why we’re pursuing a boycott of Amazon

7 Jan 2013: Simon Birch on the tax dodging issue and Ethical Consumer's Amazon boycott.
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DPAC now has an official song for 2013!

6 Jan 2013: See the new video from Disabled People Against Cuts.
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TUC poll finds that support for benefit cuts depends on misconceptions

4 Jan 2013: Voters least able to give accurate answers about benefits are the most likely to back the government's policy on cutting benefits.
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The overall benefit cap should be abandoned, not just delayed

3 Jan 2013: Joe Halewood on the many, many holes in the government's overall benefit cap theory.
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How local people are fighting to save Bolton accident and emergency services

2 Jan 2013: The fight is on to protect Greater Manchester A+Es, hospitals, ambulances and other NHS services from cuts.
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2012: the year austerity economics started to unravel

1 Jan 2013: Very interesting post from Birmingham Against Cuts on austerity's failures and alternatives.
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Have you signed the WOW petition? Nearly 8000 signatures already!

28 Dec 2012: Calling for a cumulative impact assessment of welfare "reform" and a new deal for sick and disabled people based on needs.
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Taking the fight to the government in 2013

24 Dec 2012: Fighting the government and cuts to social security in 2013 - we'll see you there.
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More distress for people with disabilities: Independent Living Fund to close

21 Dec 2012: Government decides to abolish a key source of independent living support.
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Calls to set deficit budgets: anger and passion at Birmingham council meeting

19 Dec 2012: Birmingham council is to make further massive cuts: residents responded with fury at a meeting last night.
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The Friern Barnet people’s library and their day in court

18 Dec 2012: Blogger Mrs Angry on the occupation of Friern Barnet library and what the protest means for all.
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Well over 100,000 to lose Motability vehicles under draconian new rules

16 Dec 2012: PIP rules mean that many disabled people will no longer qualify for the all-important Motability scheme.
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Legal challenge launched against ‘unfair’ government disability test

14 Dec 2012: Joint statement from Patrick Lynch, DPAC, Public Interest Lawyers and False Economy on work capability assessment legal challenge.
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The fall and fall in the real wages people are taking home

13 Dec 2012: Duncan Weldon on the "double-dipping" of real wage growth.
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Action for Rail: join the fight against inflation-busting rail fare rises!

9 Dec 2012: Average rail fares will go up by 3.9 per cent from January. Join the fight against eye-watering fare increases!
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Making poor people poorer is no way to economic growth

5 Dec 2012: A few views on Osborne's autumn statement...
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The golden mug, Osborne’s Autumn statement and tax dodgers who should pay

2 Dec 2012: Birmingham Against the Cuts on Osborne's looming Autumn statement and taking on tax dodgers.
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Campaigning for and against a Robin Hood Tax: open or shut?

1 Dec 2012: Owen Tudor on the state of play for Robin Hood...
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Not long to go: UK Uncut, December 8 and a wakeup call for tax dodgers…

29 Nov 2012: UK Uncut's plan to transform Starbucks into nationwide Refuges from the Cuts is taking shape...
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The new austerity and the end of the welfare state

26 Nov 2012: Will we have a social security safety net left at all by 2020?
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The people I see who are struggling to deal with pay day loans

24 Nov 2012: Lawyer Nathaniel Mathews on pay day loans and how legal aid cuts will hurt people's chances of help with loan problems.
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We’re making a list: council budget and service cuts 2013-2014 and beyond

21 Nov 2012: We're collating information about council budget, service and jobs cuts around the country. Add yours too.
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Results from DPAC survey of work capability assessment experiences

19 Nov 2012: The survey show the ways that people are being driven to crisis point by work capability assessments.
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Barnet council’s mass outsourcing plan and the perils of privatisation

14 Nov 2012: Why Barnet council needs to rethink its big and bad privatisation plan.
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How Gloucestershire campaigners stopped NHS privatisation

12 Nov 2012: People power keeps community hospitals in the NHS
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Four million ways regional pay would hit working households

9 Nov 2012: Northern TUC Policy and Campaigns Officer Neil Foster explains why regional pay is a false economy.
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Why not to privatise council services: Barnet council (and others…)

8 Nov 2012: A short film with more on why not to outsource public services to the private sector.
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Speak Up for Libraries conference this week

6 Nov 2012: Library campaigners to meet to continue the battle to save local libraries.
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Council tax – the reform that is needed and the cuts that will actually happen

2 Nov 2012: In this excellent post, Richard Exell explains the inequalities of council tax and the problems that cuts to council tax benefit will cause.
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How to fight the payday loan sharks

1 Nov 2012: Carl Packman on the rise and rise of payday loans and how the problem of loan sharks can be challenged.
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Why I have a two-bedroom council house and why I’m worried about the bedroom tax

29 Oct 2012: The latest of our interviews with people who are dealing with fallout from welfare cuts.
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The people who will suffer the most as legal aid is cut

25 Oct 2012: Nathaniel Matthews at the Hackney Community Law Centre explains how legal aid cuts will hit.
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Statistics from Measuring National Wellbeing show us what stagnation looks like

23 Oct 2012: Richard Exell on stagnation and the fall in net national income per head.
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Fishiest outsourcing firms: the ones that got away

22 Oct 2012: Last week we launched our poll to find Britain's fishiest outsourcing firm. But who else should be on our shortlist?
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Lost arts: recording devastating cuts and putting the case for arts and culture

19 Oct 2012: Introducing a three year project to catalogue the effects of art cuts.
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Benefit cuts will force thousands to default on council tax – new research

16 Oct 2012: False Economy research shows local authorities preparing for huge losses
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Amazing #Oct20 projections light up Parliament

15 Oct 2012: PCS union has beamed these stunning projections onto Parliament and Tory HQ, to promote Saturday's national march against austerity.
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IMF/World Bank meetings: with 30m to 70m more jobless did anyone come out well?

14 Oct 2012: Even as the IMF starts to wonder, austerity fetishists continued to demand higher doses of a medicine that is worsening the global crisis.
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Unison guide: using NHS structures to block privatisation and cuts

10 Oct 2012: With the Health and Social Care Act already affecting NHS services, campaigners can still make a difference.
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Get more people talking about A Future That Works demo by sharing your protest art!

9 Oct 2012: Josie Long and Bob and Roberta Smith will choose the best protest art uploded to the new Make the March site!
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The Billion Pound Gamble - new film about cuts and privatisation in Barnet

5 Oct 2012: Come to the premier of a brand new film about life in Barnet as the council moves towards a mass-outsourcing project.
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Trouble getting a fit note or medical support information for ESA?

3 Oct 2012: We've been approached by people on ESA and welfare rights advisors who have struggled to get fit notes.
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Keep up the fight for libraries at November’s Speak Up For Libraries Conference

2 Oct 2012: Followup event to this year's lobby of parliament on the severe cuts facing public libraries in the UK.
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Key community people excluded from NHS clinical commissioning groups

30 Sep 2012: Richard Blogger describes the evaporation of the government's commitment to community engagement in the NHS.
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There’s still time to sign Pat’s petition against cuts to benefits and services

27 Sep 2012: Now with nearly 50,000 signatures, Pat's petition calls for a review of the impact of welfare changes.
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FOI campaign: defending the public’s right to know about private companies

23 Sep 2012: The campaign in Scotland to ensure freedom of information legislation covers third party organisations:
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Exclusive: Local authorities set to cut council tax support to poor by a fifth

21 Sep 2012: Our research shows people on low or no incomes hit by council tax hike
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A morning at a foodbank: queues, crisis and running out of food

20 Sep 2012: Izzy Koksal debates the role of foodbanks as the economic crisis continues.
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Women’s refuge network in the UK could be “decimated” by universal credit

18 Sep 2012: How a toxic combination of Universal Credit and benefit caps could trap people in abusive relationships.
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From Birmingham: welfare reforms make child poverty target “unachievable”

16 Sep 2012: A look at how Universal Credit and welfare "reform" affects Birmingham.
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100 reasons why Barnet council’s mass-outsourcing plan is high risk

14 Sep 2012: Barnet residents, bloggers and union members list failed privatisation deals and proposals around the country.
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The great wages grab: how the share of the economy going into wages has shrunk

11 Sep 2012: As people struggle to pay bills, new TUC research shows how the share of the economy going into wages has shrunk.
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5 things you need to know about welfare cuts and the economy – new factsheet

7 Sep 2012: Our latest factsheet: how cutting benefits in a recession harms the economy
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Ethical Consumer event on tax justice: How do we stop corporate tax dodging?

6 Sep 2012: Tackling tax havens - from the Cayman Islands to your local council: getting corporations to pay their fair share of tax.
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My son has schizophrenia and I fear for his health in DLA reassessments

5 Sep 2012: One parent's concerns for her son as the government phases out disability living allowance.
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The crisis of part time work and under employment

4 Sep 2012: New figures show that the number of under-employed workers has increased by 42 per cent over the last four years.
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Who’s next for the downalator? (*): More forecasts for GDP slashed

2 Sep 2012: More reasons to conclude that the Office for Budget Responsibility was always too optimistic about austerity.
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Time for a fair, efficient national integrated railway under public ownership

31 Aug 2012: Matt Dykes explains the impact of First Group's award of the West Coast franchise - and how privatisation has failed and failed public rail.
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Have you signed Pat’s petition?

29 Aug 2012: As protests against Atos continue - sign Pat Onions' petition against cuts to benefits and services for people with disabilities
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DWP: we have no plans to offer PIP claimants audio recordings of assessments

26 Aug 2012: More on the fight to secure recordings of work capability and PIP assessments
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Our new section: Everything you wanted to know about care and benefit cuts but were afraid to ask

24 Aug 2012: An at-a-glance guide to cuts and changes to care services and benefits
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The final nail in the coffin for regional pay?

24 Aug 2012: New evidence published this week brings Osborne's treasured regional pay policy tumbling down.
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Why paying housing benefits direct to tenants is better for social landlords

22 Aug 2012: Joe Halewood talks about the reality of paying arrears with the overall benefit cap.
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Experience of charges for medical evidence for work capability assessments?

19 Aug 2012: How much does it cost to source supporting medical evidence for employment and support allowance?
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Independent forecasts show government’s utter failure on growth and debt

16 Aug 2012: The government faces having to borrow a staggering £174.9bn more in the years 2012-2016 than originally intended.
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Factsheet: cuts and changes to social care and disability benefits

14 Aug 2012: At-a-glance information about obtaining care services, Disability Living Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance
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Drastic cuts to mental health services

12 Aug 2012: Repost of some of our FOI data: cuts to mental health groups and services around the country.
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Another G20 country moves on Robin Hood tax…

10 Aug 2012: When will UK and US politicians make their move towards Robin Hood tax...?
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Choosing to profit: how private NHS providers will be able to select or reject patients

7 Aug 2012: In Monitor's licence conditions for private health providers, Richard Blogger finds worrying evidence of patient selection criteria.
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The Localism Act: is it a threat or an opportunity?

6 Aug 2012: A useful guide: a new publication looks at the Localism Act and the implications as its powers take shape.
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BBC Radio 4 Today programme gives a huge PR boost to Circle

1 Aug 2012: The problems with the 1 August report on Hinchingbrooke.
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Join The Atos Games with Disabled People Against Cuts!

1 Aug 2012: Join Disabled People Against Cuts for The Atos Games From Monday 27 to Friday 31 August
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Repost: Benefit fraud - the levels are very low

30 Jul 2012: A look at the realities of benefit fraud levels and the effects of anti-benefits campaigns.
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Is this the worst Osborne interview ever?

26 Jul 2012: How the Chancellor went from a “double dose of good news” to double-dip recession.
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Osborne says austerity is driven by one key aim: to cut the deficit. He has failed even to do that

24 Jul 2012: Britain's budget deficit is now rising, not falling.
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Help us create a factsheet on social care and welfare “reforms”

24 Jul 2012: We want to create short factsheets for at-a-glance information on care and social security changes.
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More on recording work capability assessments - is Atos right, or the DWP?

22 Jul 2012: We've been seeking further clarification on recording Atos work capability assessments.
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How cuts to maternity services are threatening health and care

20 Jul 2012: Women affected again: a growing sense of frustration at short-sighted cuts to NHS maternity services.
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The disproportionate effects of service cuts on older women

19 Jul 2012: A new report challenges the myth that pensioners are ‘getting off lightly’ with spending cuts.
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How regional public sector pay will cost us all

18 Jul 2012: Duncan Weldon explains how implementing regional public sector pay could cost the economy almost £10bn a year.
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Social housing decline – why has it happened?

14 Jul 2012: Why isn't more made of the massive economic benefits that social housing brings?
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Trying to record Atos work capability assessments

10 Jul 2012: Can people record their work capability assessments? We're trying to find out.
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A preview of our new iPad app: Cameron’s Dashboard

9 Jul 2012: The Prime Minister has commissioned a £20,000 ‘dashboard’ app for his iPad. We've made him a prototype for free.
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Councils’ lack of cash hits 7,000 elderly and disabled people

8 Jul 2012: Our FOI research into social care cuts is in the Independent today.
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National Week of Action Against Workfare

5 Jul 2012: Boycott Workfare is holding a week of action against workfare from July 7. Find out how to get involved.
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The Great Olympic tax swindle

4 Jul 2012: Ethical Consumer report shows multinationals sponsoring the Games are set to avoid paying millions of pounds in tax
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Hold big banks to account - move your money!

2 Jul 2012: "The only way to hold big banks to account is to use our consumer power and move our money."
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If not now, then when? The Spirit Level

29 Jun 2012: An important study on inequality will be made into a film. Help put this vital work on inequality on the agenda.
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Workfare in court

27 Jun 2012: The High Court hears challenges on the legality of the government's workfare schemes.
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The Missing Billions: UK Uncut and the alternative to slashing services

25 Jun 2012: As the government targets welfare, UK Uncut continues to target tax avoidance.
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There is a fundamental systemic flaw in Universal Credit

21 Jun 2012: How differing rent, benefit and average earning increases will lead to problems housing larger families.
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Youth unemployment: new analysis

20 Jun 2012: The TUC tracks long term youth unemployment patterns.
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Women in unions map cuts across the country

18 Jun 2012: More evidence of the disproportionate impact on women of cuts to jobs, public services, and welfare
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Disability hate crime, benefit “fraud” campaigns and the hardest hit

13 Jun 2012: Press campaigns against people on benefits and responses from a Hardest Hit conference.
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False Economy at Netroots UK 2012

12 Jun 2012: Come and join False Economy at Netroots UK on 30 June in Central London!
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Loan sharks and the payday loan industry

11 Jun 2012: To take a browse at household debt today is enough to give most a nosebleed.
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A great chance to learn about Robin Hood tax

8 Jun 2012: Want to know more about making this great idea a reality?
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Child poverty is absolute and relative

5 Jun 2012: A new campaign is raising awareness of the social impact of inequality – and you can help.
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Robin Hood tax: it’s growing

2 Jun 2012: One to celebrate this weekend - a Robin Hood tax!
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The ten principles of the NHS - as authored by Andrew Lansley

1 Jun 2012: Where are the ten principles that Lansley formulated in opposition to set out the rights of NHS patients?
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From pillar to post

29 May 2012: A personal story: signing on for Job Seekers' allowance:
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The real state of the Hinchingbrooke healthcare trust

27 May 2012: Why the Hinchingbrooke Healthcare Trust is living on borrowed time.
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Across Europe and now in Britain the consensus behind austerity has collapsed

25 May 2012: A new poll commissioned by Class shows backing for Hollande’s anti-austerity agenda.
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Stopped benefits and homelessness: the realities of drug and alcohol problems

23 May 2012: People talk about the challenges of keeping benefits and staying housed.
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Support the making of a new film on the problems of inequality: the Spirit Level

21 May 2012: How you can help make this film and bring its message to the screen.
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UK Uncut and the Great British Street Party!

20 May 2012: This Saturday - protest against cuts and austerity with a Great British street party!
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New report shows higher education reforms will increase national debt

18 May 2012: Dr Andrew McGettigan’s report assesses liabilities of the government's higher education funding reforms.
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Putting austerity in the dock: how to fight cuts by legal means

16 May 2012: Lee Godfrey explains how the Surrey Libraries Action Movement successfully challenged library cuts.
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Foodbank: our biggest client group now is people on low incomes

14 May 2012: As time goes on, more people on low incomes are struggling to meet housing and food bills.
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Why fiscal health depends on fairer taxation

12 May 2012: Why a shift to a more progressive system would have wider economic benefits - especially on the health of public finances.
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New campaign and NHS structure guides on False Economy

10 May 2012: Fight privatisation. Influence the NHS. We have new campaign guides to help you.
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Beyond Austerity: A Growth Plan for Europe

7 May 2012: Duncan Weldon reports on a Beyond Austerity Rome conference and austerity's failure to deliver recovery.
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The NHS, private patients and two-tier health

4 May 2012: The Health and Social Care Act opens the door for NHS hospitals to bring in a two-tier health system.
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A glimmer of hope: we can stop the privatisation of the NHS

1 May 2012: Campaigner Caroline Molloy explains how Gloucestershire people stopped a major NHS privatisation decision.
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Keep our NHS Public Gloucestershire campaign guides

1 May 2012: How to get information from NHS decisionmakers and how to influence them.
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The implications of contributory ESA time limits

30 Apr 2012: In this post, Louise Whittle explains the effects that the new ESA eligibility time-limit will have on her.
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Video: The battle over Derbyshire county council youth services

29 Apr 2012: Service users and local people fight a Derbyshire county council proposal to cut youth service budgets and outsource.
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GDP: one chart and recession

25 Apr 2012: Richard Exell on the dual dangers of recession and low growth.
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NHS and social care cuts - False Economy updates

24 Apr 2012: An update on some of the cuts information we've entered into the site recently.
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Latest Housing Benefit figures – £4bn over target and PRS largesse

20 Apr 2012: Joe Halewood argues that it is time for a radical rethink of housing benefit policy and the private rental sector's role
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NHS stone soup

17 Apr 2012: How can groups co-ordinate the next phase of opposition to the Health and Social Care Act?
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This week: Commons considers Lords amendments to Legal Aid Bill

16 Apr 2012: We need to contact MPs to make sure the Lords' amendments are backed now.
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ESA and my experience of skills training ….. A4E style!

14 Apr 2012: A4e training and losing ESA from the end of April: the realities of welfare reform.
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Video: why we need the NHS and why we need DLA

12 Apr 2012: More service users talk about the NHS, care, failing Atos assessments and welfare reform changes
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Action continues as people fight for libraries

9 Apr 2012: How campaigners continue to fight for local libraries.
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Protest at workfare with a Workfare Walk of Shame on your High Street

5 Apr 2012: Kings Heath Against Workfare explains how a walk of shame helps to spread the word about workfare.
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Where to now with the NHS?

3 Apr 2012: How joining the organisations that are being set up could make the NHS work for our benefit.
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New report: MPs will struggle to help constituents after legal aid changes

2 Apr 2012: Young Legal Aid Lawyers visit MPs and constituents to find out how changes will impact
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Government reviews NHS constitution and involves Virgin Care

30 Mar 2012: The NHS constitution needs strengthening to help patients – but this is looking increasingly unlikely
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False Economy research highlights GP conflict of interest risk

29 Mar 2012: Guardian front-page story on private share fears based on our research
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The case for austerity among the rich

27 Mar 2012: Professor Danny Dorling of the University of Sheffield publishes his new paper.
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Coming soon … MPs Direct!

26 Mar 2012: Has your MP thought through the consequences of voting for legal aid cuts?
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Occupation and protest: documenting social unrest - join the debate

23 Mar 2012: A debate at the Museum of London on the anniversary of the March For The Alternative
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The ongoing fight for care

21 Mar 2012: As the cuts bite, people with disabilities face challenges to stay in their own homes.
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Say no to tax avoidance for public service providers

20 Mar 2012: Some of the companies profiting from the privatisation of public services are the least ethical.
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A Tale of Two Barnets: film premiere

15 Mar 2012: A documentary about people in Barnet trying to cope with public sector cuts.
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The chaos for families caught in care cuts

13 Mar 2012: The first in our series of interviews with those dealing first-hand with swingeing cuts to benefits and local services.
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How NHS reforms take GPs away from their patients – get the full data

13 Mar 2012: Exclusive: Our research shows government reforms are costing the NHS millions in agency cover.
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Three ways out of the NHS bill for the government

12 Mar 2012: How the government can step back.
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Speak Up For Libraries: lobby parliament on Tuesday

11 Mar 2012: Join library users from across the UK and tell MPs that supporting libraries is essential.
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Workfare:  Don’t think a job will mean you’re safe

8 Mar 2012: Another nasty piece of work compulsion looms – ‘conditionality’ for people receiving in-work benefits.
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Vital legal aid bill amendments for discussion

7 Mar 2012: An update from Justice for All on the legal aid bill being debated this week.
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NHS: Ask peers to vote against raising private patient limits

5 Mar 2012: How you can help to stop the raising of the Private Patient Income Cap.
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Factsheet: 5 things you need to know about the legal aid bill

2 Mar 2012: The legal aid bill is the government's next legislative disaster-in-waiting. Read our essential factsheet.
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Move your money month starts today

1 Mar 2012: Move your money month begins – pledge to move your money now!
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Workfare: why the 50% “success” rate is no success at all

28 Feb 2012:
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Birmingham council to decide cuts

28 Feb 2012: Birmingham City Council to vote through £100m in cuts. Here's what we won and what we're losing.
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Benefit fraud - the levels are very low

27 Feb 2012: Official figures show the low levels of benefit fraud
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Cameron’s new target - how quickly he can privatise NHS care

25 Feb 2012: The government wants to see the percentage of patients choosing private providers increase.
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Living on the edge: pay in local government

22 Feb 2012: Women and part time workers are the majority of local government workers - and most vulnerable to the pay squeeze.
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Welfare turns into workfare - but unpaid work won’t solve the jobs crisis

20 Feb 2012: Data from programmes continues to cause concerns about workfare.
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5 things you need to know… download our new factsheets

17 Feb 2012: Introducing our series of essential, no-nonsense guides – starting with the deficit and the NHS bill
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Breaking the NHS: reckless reforms will steal the nation’s health

15 Feb 2012:
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US women in workfare talk about their lives

14 Feb 2012: New York workfare workers talk about the programme and their experience of the sanctions process.
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All in this together?

12 Feb 2012: People who can least afford it are bearing the brunt of unemployment and cuts in real wages.
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QE: welcome but more needs to be done

10 Feb 2012: Is QE enough to get the economy moving again?
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Key dangers in the Health and Social Care bill

8 Feb 2012: How the bill opens the NHS up to privatisation and closes its democratic structures down.
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Research reveals that reforms to legal aid will not generate substantial savings

7 Feb 2012: An update on the costs of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.
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The move your money campaign

5 Feb 2012: How you can get big banking to think again.
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New report highlights effect of cuts on services for domestic violence victims

1 Feb 2012: False Economy data shows impact of funding cuts on vital services
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NHS reform: the government wilfully ignores experts

30 Jan 2012: This bill is not about access.
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February and March protests at NHS changes, welfare reform and council cuts

29 Jan 2012: Where people are organising against cuts and why.
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Lords failed to improve the NHS Bill – we must step up the campaign

25 Jan 2012: The government won every vote in the Lords but one. We must make our voices heard.
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Introducing the Austerity Curve

23 Jan 2012: Duncan Weldon introduces the Austerity Curve, which suggests there is a point at which government cuts increase the deficit
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How US workfare punished minorities and the poor

20 Jan 2012: Kate Belgrave says flawed and punitive US workfare is no model for the UK
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Health bill could herald a new wave of hospital charges

18 Jan 2012: The NHS bill makes new charges more likely. How will this affect "patient choice"?
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Debt is demonised – but here’s why we need it

17 Jan 2012: Public debt is necessary and not always bad – the alternative is unemployment and stagnation
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Council cuts deepen in 2012

16 Jan 2012: Kate Belgrave's essential survey of upcoming local government budget cuts
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The cruel truth about US workfare

11 Jan 2012: Unemployed welfare recipients have been forced to do the work once done by paid employees.
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Watching workfare: new series

10 Jan 2012: Our new series will take a close look at government "welfare-to-work" programs
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Crowdsourced research reveals strong opposition to disability benefit reform

9 Jan 2012: Freedom of Information-based research finds that Government misled MPs and Peers over hostility to disability benefit reform
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Lansley is scared to publish his own department’s list of risks to the NHS

6 Jan 2012: The government must come clean and publish the full NHS Risk Register
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Video: What’s the point of Nick Clegg?

5 Jan 2012: The fabulous Captain SKA asks the question that's on everyone's lips.
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Legal challenge to West Lancashire council cuts

4 Jan 2012: Ground-breaking action would challenge whole cuts process rather than just the effect on an individual service.
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Stop the rail fare rip-off – join #FareFail on 3 January

3 Jan 2012: Our trains are already the most expensive in Europe – it's time to say enough is enough.
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Our 10 most popular posts from 2011

30 Dec 2011: Our best-read posts from the last 12 months.
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All pain, no gain: forecasts predict longer dole queues and higher deficit

21 Dec 2011: Duncan Weldon dissects the grim new forecasts compiled by the Treasury.
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My gym has hiked fees for disabled users by 2000%. It will save nothing

13 Dec 2011: Exercise plays an important part in preventing me from breaking my bones – but I can no longer afford my gym
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Cameron’s all-out assault on public sector workers

9 Dec 2011: Cutting pensions is just one part of the government's attack on public sector workers, writes Richard Blogger
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Sign Pat’s petition against cuts to disability services

6 Dec 2011: Pat Onion, who is both disabled and her husband's carer, explains why she launched her petition
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How inequality fuelled the crash – and is halting recovery

1 Dec 2011: Consumers have around £100 billion less in their pockets today than if the national cake was shared as it was in the late 1970s, writes Stewart Lansley
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We can’t go on like this. I’m cutting the NHS, not the deficit

30 Nov 2011: Yesterday's disastrous autumn statement showed that the government's cuts strategy is all pain and no gain.
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NHS hospital cuts that undermine Cameron’s claims

29 Nov 2011: While Cameron claims he isn't cutting the NHS, the Department of Health admits it is cutting payments to hospitals.
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Fighting inequality: our patriotic duty

27 Nov 2011: Britain's wealth divide highlights the meaningless of government claims that ‘we're all in this together’
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Don’t be old, don’t be ill: one year of council cuts

25 Nov 2011: Kate Belgrave surveys a year of council cuts that have often hit society's most vulnerable
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False Economy’s big birthday benefit

23 Nov 2011: Help us celebrate one year of False Economy on Thursday 1 December.
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Survey reveals mass exit threat to public sector pensions

21 Nov 2011: A mass exodus from public sector pensions due to government changes would lead to more poverty and higher costs.
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Let’s work together – to get this single to number one

20 Nov 2011: Let's Work Together is released today by a group of music-loving public sector workers - let's get it to number one
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Don’t let the cuts turn back time on women’s equality

18 Nov 2011: On average, women earn less, own less, and are more likely to work and retire in poverty than men. The cuts are making things worse.
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How privatisation drives NHS pensions into deficit

17 Nov 2011: Transferring staff to the private sector won't just cut employees' future pensions. It will increase the government’s liability for existing pensioners
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Women and the Cuts: A toolkit for campaigners

16 Nov 2011: The TUC and Coventry Women's Voices have produced an invaluable toolkit for challenging the disproportionate effect of cuts on women
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This is what austerity looks like

15 Nov 2011: ‘What you thought could never happen is happening’ – author and geographer Danny Dorling on life after the cuts
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Wandsworth residents didn’t ‘volunteer’ to run their library. They had no choice

11 Nov 2011: A radio debate showed not only why people volunteer in libraries but the problems they face and, sadly, how they are being used by politicians.
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Circle has been unable to make a profit. How will it turn around a hospital?

10 Nov 2011: Key questions for Circle Health, the private firm taking over a Cambridgeshire NHS trust
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Financial transparency bill will help tackle the tax dodgers

10 Nov 2011: Caroline Lucas's Tax and Financial Transparency Bill is due for a second reading on 25 November – but it needs our support.
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Don’t be fooled by these pilot personal healthcare budgets

4 Nov 2011: Pilot personal healthcare budgets offer acupuncture, massage and smartphones. The real thing may turn out to be very different indeed.
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Driving the moneychangers from the temple: a technical guide

1 Nov 2011: A cunning plan to use the government's Localism Bill to declare London's Pasternoster Square a community asset, purchase it … and drive the moneychangers from the temple.
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Reclaim the City: Restore democracy to the Square Mile

31 Oct 2011: The Corporation of London has given St Paul's protestors 48 hours to leave. But it's time we challenged the City's chiefs
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Plan B starts here

30 Oct 2011: An important new report sets out an alternative to George Osborne's failed economics. Co-author Howard Reed outlines its main themes.
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NHS Bill lets GPs restrict treatment. So what happens if you can’t pay?

28 Oct 2011: If Andrew Lansley were to make patients pay for blood tests there would be uproar. The NHS Bill lets him pass this decision to GPs.
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By undermining social solidarity, health bill puts NHS at mercy of EU competition law

23 Oct 2011: Cross-subsidies in the NHS help ensure a comprehensive service. Any Qualified Provider will end that.
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One in five council-run bus services have been cut

21 Oct 2011: Freedom of Information requests reveal scale of damage to public transport
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Photo essay: Barnet’s disastrous privatisation of elderly care

18 Oct 2011: How low-paid careworkers fought for decent conditions and a better service.
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Tax haven responses underline need for government action

17 Oct 2011: Responses to ActionAid's investigation show why the Treasury must tighten tax rules. Instead it proposes to relax them.
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It is easy to dismiss the “Occupy” protests as a radical fringe. But they are gaining support

15 Oct 2011: The wave of protests last winter wasn't a one-off, writes Adam Ramsay. The discontent is growing.
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Disabled people are being hit hard. Join us to protest on 22 October

14 Oct 2011: Having promised to protect the most vulnerable, the Government is pressing ahead with swingeing cuts to benefits and services vital to disabled people.
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The myth of a ‘community right to buy’

13 Oct 2011: The Localism Bill makes no mention of a ‘community right to buy’ threatened local facilities – but the right to bid is under threat
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Cameron uses outdated stats to distort today’s dismal job news

12 Oct 2011: However the Government spins it, jobs are being lost at more than twice the rate they are being created
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Legal aid cuts aren’t just unfair. They will cost more than they save

10 Oct 2011: The Government has dismissed evidence of the false economy of legal aid cuts, yet refused to conduct its own research
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Health bill will let more GPs say “buy my services or go without”

7 Oct 2011: A simple amendment to the health bill will stop GPs offering private treatment in place of free care.
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The case against austerity

5 Oct 2011: Simon Wren-Lewis, professor of economics at Merton College, Oxford University, explains why the government's austerity drive is so misguided
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NHS: 3 great ways to lobby the Lords

5 Oct 2011: Tell the Lords what you think from the comfort of your computer – and then join the protest this Sunday 9 October.
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We rescued the banks. Here’s how they can help us rescue the economy.

28 Sep 2011: There is a growing momentum behind the idea that the government's holdings in high street banks should be used for investment to boost the economy
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I’m a trader … I go to bed every night dreaming of a recession

27 Sep 2011: BBC presenter speechless as trader tells truth – or does he?
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How to respond when your MP says “I am deeply committed to the NHS”

23 Sep 2011: Richard Blogger rebuts the claims of pro-NHS bill MPs
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Research exposes ethical deficit at the heart of companies taking over public sector

16 Sep 2011: Public services industry has a woeful record on tax dodging, environmental protection, human rights, and in many other areas
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NOW the cuts are biting – and the figures are terrible

14 Sep 2011: The private sector is creating only 1 job for every 2.7 lost in the public sector
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Health Bill: let’s see some real transparency

12 Sep 2011: The Lords must inject some real transparency into the NHS Bill.
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Union fights bizarre council’s plans to “privatise the cuts”

9 Sep 2011: Things are getting weird at Barnet council, even for Barnet council.
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NHS bill threatens freedom of information

7 Sep 2011: The public’s rights to information is likely to be "significantly curtailed” says the Campaign for Freedom of Information.
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Osborne last October: “A steady recovery is under way”

6 Sep 2011: Last October Osborne boasted of a 'double dose of good news'. Now we face a double-dip recession.
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As the economy sinks, even Osborne’s former cheerleaders get cold feet

6 Sep 2011: The heads of the IMF and the world's largest bond fund call for a Plan B.
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Why are our private hospitals so shy of lucrative markets?

31 Aug 2011: If English private hospitals are unable to compete for lucrative US health tourists, how will they compete for far less profitable NHS care?
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Private providers are banking on this government driving patients into their hands

25 Aug 2011: 80% of healthcare is public, 20% private. What will the balance be at the next election?
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Osborne will blame the world economy. But the UK was already faltering

22 Aug 2011: In the past nine months the UK economy has only grown 0.2% – the blame for that lies with the government.
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Department of Health guidelines falsely inflate NHS costs

18 Aug 2011: Incorrect government figures make private sector treatment appear cheaper than the NHS.
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How powerful corporate interests transferred the costs of the crash onto others

15 Aug 2011: Professor David Beetham probes the "unelected oligarchy" at the heart of government
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Don’t price us off the trains – the government must halt this unfair fares hike

12 Aug 2011: As part of their austerity cuts, the government is planning to raise rail fares by 28% by 2015.
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How Lansley is fiddling hospitals’ Payment by Results system

11 Aug 2011: Hospitals are being paid less to provide treatments – in plain English that's a cut
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Latest figures further undermine Osborne’s recovery strategy

10 Aug 2011: Exports and manufacturing are down - which is deeply troubling for the government
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Exclusive: More than 2,000 charities and community groups face cuts

2 Aug 2011: Exclusive False Economy research reveals how cuts are choking the Big Society one year on from its launch
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NHS bill will put hospital governance in the hands of unskilled volunteers

26 Jul 2011: I'm a Foundation Trust governor who – like my colleagues – volunteered to help my hospital serve the community. The NHS bill will give us huge financial responsibilites for which we are unqualified
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GDP: dire figures – and may be about to get worse

26 Jul 2011: This depression will not be as severe as the Great Depression, but – because of similar policies now as then – it is likely to last even longer.
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2011 is looking bad – but 2012 may be worse

21 Jul 2011: Almost no sector of the economy is performing well – and the real fiscal tightening is just starting to kick in
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Clegg promised no back-door privatisation of NHS. But new white paper opens the front door

19 Jul 2011: The government's Open Public Services white paper takes us a step closer to NHS privatisation
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Youth services are being savaged by government cuts

14 Jul 2011: Youth centres across the UK face closure, and experienced youth workers thrown out of work
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Health reforms place even greater burden on an inspection regime that can’t cope

12 Jul 2011: The government claims its inspectors will make sure "qualified providers" of healthcare really are qualified. But even now the system is struggling to cope.
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Instead of fixing social care, Lansley broke the NHS

7 Jul 2011: Social care in England is broken – and the Health Secretary has delayed every opportunity to fix it
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Is the economy set to grow by 1% or less in 2011?

6 Jul 2011: George Osborne won’t be able to eliminate the deficit if the economy is barely growing – and growth of 1% or less would be a disaster for Britain.
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The NHS is 63 today – health workers speak out

5 Jul 2011: As the NHS celebrates its birthday, health service staff tell of their experiences and the challenges ahead.
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The unaccountable super-quango at the heart of NHS reforms

1 Jul 2011: Instead of liberating the NHS, Lansley wants to liberate government from the NHS. The result is a new super-quango.
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This is not a pension reform – it is simply a pay cut

29 Jun 2011: Nigel Stanley demolishes the myths used to justify cuts to public sector pensions.
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NHS bill set to create new layers of bureaucracy

23 Jun 2011: The new structure has more organisations and layers than before, writes Richard Blogger.
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UK economy: the good, the bad and the ugly

21 Jun 2011: Last week we got three important updates on the state of the UK economy. Duncan Weldon reports.
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Lansley clings on to NHS “Any Qualified Provider” policy - but it’s in a mess

17 Jun 2011: The Government's response to the Future Forum's recommendations on NHS reform is disappointing but not unexpected.
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Ed Vaizey: you can run but you can’t hide (from the Women’s Institute)

14 Jun 2011: Culture minister Ed Vaizey has proved elusive when it comes to awkward questions on libraries.
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Health reforms will cut quality rather than boost productivity

10 Jun 2011: The recent rise in waiting lists are a sign of things to come.
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Lansley’s plans increase the risk of a Southern Cross-style crisis in the NHS

2 Jun 2011: One leading healthcare provider has worrying parallels with the struggling care homes company
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Video: Save our buses – young people speak out against the cuts

2 Jun 2011: Many young people, especially in rural areas, are dependent on bus services that are being cut
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Osborne’s recovery depends on consumers getting further into debt. But they’re not.

27 May 2011: Lower personal debt is both good news – and very bad news – for the economy
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What the health bill means for hospital trusts – and why it matters

26 May 2011: Much criticism of the health bill has focused on GP commissioning. But changes to hospital trusts pose a threat to the NHS too.
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Government scraps duty to inform, consult and involve local people

25 May 2011: Cameron's Big Society vision promised people more power over their lives and communities. But he's scrapping a law that does just that.
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Osborne inherited a falling deficit – and proceeded to increase it

24 May 2011: The latest public borrowing figures show that the government’s cuts policy has failed to work even for its stated objective: reducing the deficit.
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Government has ignored every opportunity to “pause and reflect” on health bill

19 May 2011: There have been many opportunities for the government to "pause, listen and reflect" on the Health Bill. It's ignored them all.
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Research shows how cuts will increase inequality between men and women

19 May 2011: Report outlines how women are being hit by a combination of benefit and local service cuts.
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Council faces legal challenge over bus cuts

17 May 2011: A local authority cutting all council-funded bus services is facing legal action by one of its residents.
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She needs a maternity unit NOT a costly NHS reorganisation

15 May 2011: New posters target Lansley's NHS reforms and Osborne's corporation tax cuts.
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‘Efficiency savings’ for the NHS, cuts for everyone else

12 May 2011: Isn't it about time the government dropped the words "savings" and "reinvest" and instead be honest?
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The things they say, part 1: ‘The cuts aren’t that bad’

12 May 2011: Government supporters say the cuts aren't that deep. In a new series Duncan Weldon puts their claims to the test.
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Video: Voices for the alternative

11 May 2011: In their own words: an excellent compilation of 26 March protesters' views.
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Stop demonising disabled claimants: an open letter to Richard Desmond

9 May 2011: You acted with generosity in sponsoring my daughter's hospital. Now it's time for your words to catch up with your actions.
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The government’s silent bonfire of the safeguards

5 May 2011: Cuts mean councils can no longer fulfil their statutory duties – so ministers want to tear them up
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Government blueprint spells it out: consultants’ and nurses’ jobs will go

4 May 2011: McKinsey report says NHS "efficiency savings" require frontline job losses
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The housing safety net is being undermined at the very time it’s needed most

4 May 2011: In the debate about cuts to frontline services, there has been one glaring omission: housing.
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Benefit reform will leave sick and disabled people trapped on the dole

28 Apr 2011: Objections to welfare reform are economic as well as moral.
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NHS “efficiency savings” achieved by cutting cataract and hip ops

27 Apr 2011: As rationing increases, GPs are referring more patients to the private sector
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Today’s growth figures: on the boundary between ‘terrible’ and ‘merely bad’

27 Apr 2011: We now know that the economy has been stagnant for the past six months, with no growth since the end of September. Duncan Weldon reports.
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Like playground bullies, journalists and politicians gang up on the sick and disabled

22 Apr 2011: The government hits us hard, while national newspapers call us scroungers and skivers
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Cameron’s NHS “ringfence” makes Thatcher’s increases look generous

20 Apr 2011: David Cameron claims that NHS funding is ringfenced and will increase in real terms. He's wrong on both counts.
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Cuts will hit disabled people especially hard. Protest with us on 11 May.

19 Apr 2011: Disabled people and those with health conditions are being disproportionately affected by government cuts. They need solidarity.
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Video: Robin Hood Tax hits the road

12 Apr 2011: Robin Hood Tax campaigners are finding out about cuts across Britain. Their video dispatches bring home just what we are losing.
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Britain isn’t Portugal – but Osborne’s self-defeating policies will push us closer

12 Apr 2011: Osborne's claim that Portugal's bailout vindicates his austerity measures is wrong on two levels, writes Duncan Weldon
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Three ways to challenge the cuts in court

4 Apr 2011: How judicial reviews can be used to challenge cuts in the High Court.
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“Today is a true reflection of society” – video report of 26 March

4 Apr 2011: Tells the story of one group of campaigners from Northampton who joined the March for the Alternative on 26 March.
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Video: A mother stands up for the NHS

1 Apr 2011: Quite simply one of the most moving and passionate defences of the NHS we've seen.
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Video: Cuts are not the cure

31 Mar 2011: A brilliant animation based on the arguments in False Economy's "Cuts are the wrong cure" section
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Far from cutting debt, Osborne’s plans will make it soar

29 Mar 2011: Osborne plans to drive down public debt by increasing the household debt that fuelled the crisis in the first place
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All Together for the NHS: Michael Moore sends a message of support

28 Mar 2011: Hot on the heels of the March for the Alternative, 1 April has been declared “All Together for the NHS” day.
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Video: It cuts both ways – alternatives to austerity

25 Mar 2011: Movie on alternatives to the cuts featuring Bill Nighy, economist Ann Pettifor, Radiohead guitarist Ed O'Brien, UK Uncut and False Economy.
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The Budget was a non-event. The real story is the worsening forecasts

24 Mar 2011: Despite Osborne hailing ‘a Budget for Growth’, growth forecasts were revised down for last year, this year and next year.
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TUC 60-second ad contest: And the winner is…

23 Mar 2011: This year's TUC's 60-second ad contest received a record-breaking 41 entries. Here are the winners.
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Osborne claims global opinion is on his side. How does he explain this chart?

17 Mar 2011: The Chancellor claims his deficit reduction plans are firmly in the international mainstream. Not true.
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TUC 60-second ad contest: Just one cut

15 Mar 2011: There are some fantastic – and some fantastically bizarre – entries in the TUC 60-second ad contest
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We are winning the arguments

7 Mar 2011: Polls show that straight after the election the government was winning the arguments. But public opinion has now moved decisively.
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Osborne’s export-led recovery: the figures don’t add up

4 Mar 2011: The government is putting its faith in fast-growing economies like China and India. But most UK exports go to Ireland and other blighted economies.
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Income gap is set to grow – leaving low and middle earners further behind

1 Mar 2011: Bank of England Governor Mervyn King warned that take-home pay has been stagnant for six years. But there is nothing new about such a squeeze.
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Our NHS job cuts probe exposes myth that only ‘bureaucrats’ will go

28 Feb 2011: Having spent most of last week furiously denying False Economy’s NHS job cuts figures, the government has finally conceded that the number of clinical jobs in the health service could fall.
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Just how damaging will the coming cuts be? Ask the IMF

24 Feb 2011: IMF research shows the dangerous folly of countries making cuts at the same time.
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Exclusive: 50,000 NHS job losses uncovered by False Economy

23 Feb 2011: We can reveal that more than 50,000 NHS staff posts are set for the axe, destroying government claims that the NHS is in safe hands.
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Inflation and unemployment: the misery index rises

16 Feb 2011: Cameron wants a “happiness index”, but measuring misery seems more apt for our times.
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What do you think of it so far? (and why Shrewsbury is in Wales)

11 Feb 2011: False Economy will launch formally soon – please tell us what you think and if there are any changes you would like to see
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Awful trade figures bode badly for Osborne’s “export-led recovery”

9 Feb 2011: With prospects for growth in our major export markets looking weak it’s hard to see how exports can drive any recovery.
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Interview: Philip Pullman on saving libraries

5 Feb 2011: Author Philip Pullman filmed at Oxford Central Library this morning where he spoke at a read-in to oppose "spiteful and barbaric" cuts.
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Government policies will further squeeze the wages of ordinary workers. Even the IMF is worried

3 Feb 2011: To avoid future financial crashes we need more of the nation’s income to be taken by ordinary people. It’s a shame Osborne isn’t listening.
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A government that promised a Big Society is taking steps that will destroy a small one

2 Feb 2011: Good public services are not just a convenience for my North Wales village: they are its beating heart. Now it's losing its library.
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Osborne crowned king of the tax dodgers

1 Feb 2011: We awarded George Osborne a giant jammy dodger after he was named top tax shirker in our online poll.
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Disability Living Allowance: The meanest cut of all

1 Feb 2011: Welfare is perceived as an easy target by this government, which willingly promotes the "benefit scrounger" stereotypes of much of the mainstream media.
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The snow has thawed – but the next round of cuts will freeze the economy

26 Jan 2011: Yesterday’s GDP figures were a disaster, a disaster that brings home the dangers of cutting too hard and too fast.
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“Too precious to destroy” – Philip Pullman stands up for public libraries

25 Jan 2011: More than 300 people attended a packed meeting to defend Oxford's libraries, where Philip Pullman gave this inspiring speech
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Cuts campaigns and the internet – a Netroots presentation

18 Jan 2011: Here is my Netroots UK presentation on using social media to challenge the cuts.
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No money left? UK corporations are sitting on a £600bn surplus

12 Jan 2011: The Government claims “there is no money left” when making the case for immediate and deep spending cuts. Not true.
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Library closures: the full, infuriating picture

11 Jan 2011: If this map of cuts and proposed cuts to libraries doesn't make you angry, nothing will.
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Reflections on student protests and UK Uncut: 12 essential posts

30 Dec 2010: In the closing months of 2010, two events shattered the assumption that government cuts would meet little opposition.
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It’s official: spending cuts harm the economy more than tax rises

22 Dec 2010: Whichever model you use, spending cuts – especially those that bash the poor – slow the economy more than tax rises.
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Introducing a new economic comparator: Pudsey

20 Dec 2010: Ministers say charities can step into the gap caused by cuts to services. So how many Children in Need appeals would it take to fill the gap?
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Video: a brilliant demolition of Osborne’s austerity economics

16 Dec 2010: Professor Mark Blyth explains why public debt is not the same as private in a short film that is both clear and entertaining.
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Will the cuts work? Just look at Ireland

13 Dec 2010: Just across the Irish Sea a right-wing government has been pursuing much the same the policies as the present Coalition for two years now. The results have been disastrous.
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Vodafone website hijack

12 Dec 2010: Earlier today, campaigners noticed that Vodafone were running a competition through Twitter for the best tweet containing the hashtag #mademesmile...
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Retired or dead: the real winners from Clegg’s ‘fair’ fees

9 Dec 2010: The new dodgy dossier - how the government's claim that its tuition fees policy is progressive rests on graduates retiring, getting injured or dying prematurely.
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New analysis shows women and children will bear the brunt of the cuts

8 Dec 2010: New analysis of the budget and spending review shows clearly that women and children will bear the brunt of the cuts.
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Disabled campaigners respond to scrapping of Disability Living Allowance

7 Dec 2010: Although government plans for DLA aren't making the headlines in the way that student tuition fees are, they deserve equal attention.
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Six videos of tax dodger protests from around the country

6 Dec 2010: Film of UK Uncut protests against Philip Green's Top Shop and other stores in Cambridge, Birmingham, London and Brighton.
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We shut down the tax dodgers’ stores – and the shoppers supported us

5 Dec 2010: Across the country, this disparate group of people have encountered something remarkable.
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Case study: Oxford Save Our Services

3 Dec 2010: How one local campaign group established itself with a mix of imaginative campaigning and old-fashioned door-knocking.
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Students vs the asset strippers: who will win?

2 Dec 2010: Two days ago, I stood outside Oxford's Cheney School as almost the entire sixth-form walked out of their classes.
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Come to our launch party!

1 Dec 2010: Join Captain Ska and his crew for the launch of False Economy and his bid for Xmas number one with his YouTube sensation Liar Liar.
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Welcome to False Economy

29 Nov 2010: Unlike some campaigns we will always be clear about our funding and supporters.
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