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Topic: Inequality

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

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

16 Feb 2015: The committee's key finding is that while the government rapidly reduced spending on civil legal aid, it has “introduced…[these]…major changes on the basis of no evidence in many areas…”
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Growing funding crisis in local government threatens public services

18 Jan 2015: A growing funding crisis in local government is threatening the future of local public services in England.
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Living standards boost needed as average wage fell £500 in 2014

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

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

17 Dec 2014: Disabled People Against Cuts is calling for a mass action at the House of Commons at the start of next year to save the Independent Living Fund.
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URGENT ACTION: #SaveILF judgement due 10am Monday 8 December 2014

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

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

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

23 Nov 2014: The benefit cuts have hit families when they need support most and when poverty can do permanent damage to children.
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Equal pay? Not by a long way…

5 Nov 2014: One in four women working full-time earns less than the living wage, compared to one in six men. The situation is even worse for those in part time work.
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Saturday 18 October: Britain Needs A Pay Rise! Join the march and rally

17 Oct 2014: Join the march and rally in London on Saturday 18 October 2014, to call for an economic recovery that works for all - not just those at the top.
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Unmasking austerity and organising for new challenges: Dexter Whitfield

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

9 Sep 2014: This Thursday, the Anti-Bedroom Tax and Benefit Justice Campaign is holding a day of protest: Say no to claimant sanctions, bedroom tax and benefit cuts.
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FE exclusive in the Independent: tax credits money clawed back from Britain’s poor under new powers

1 Sep 2014: Since tax credits go to those on lower incomes, it can often be impossible for people to find the money to repay.
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Court case to fight the closure of the Independent Living Fund set for October #SaveILF

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

19 Aug 2014: Rail fares are due to rise again in January 2015, with the rate to be announced on 19 August 2014 - that's today!
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The unreported national scandal of benefit cuts and delays

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

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

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

3 Aug 2014: Disability: we now know that this government have harmed the very people they promised us they would protect.
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The Saving Our Safety Net campaign - and the DWP’s response….

17 Jul 2014: The Saving Our Safety Net campaign is up and running - and the DWP's response is already inadequate...
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Public sector strikes on 10 July: solidarity!

9 Jul 2014: This week’s strike by public sector workers is a manifestation of the anger and frustration about sustained attacks on pay and pensions.
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Save the Independent Living Fund: join the party and picnic this Friday!

2 Jul 2014: Following their successful action at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, Disabled People Against Cuts continue with their fight to save the all-important Independent Living Fund with a Fourth of July picnic this Friday!
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Job prospects for youngsters outside full-time education are deteriorating rapidly

23 Jun 2014: Young people not in full-time education are now less likely to be in work than people of other ages - and their prospects are declining
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ILF recipient Gabriel Pepper: we must save the Independent Living Fund

29 May 2014: Today, Independent Living Fund recipient Gabriel Pepper gives a speech to the TUC disabled workers' conference explaining why the government must not be allowed to close the ILF.
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Most workers on zero hours contracts earn less than the living wage

30 Apr 2014: Many workers on these type of contracts are poorly paid, have no regular income and are at risk of exploitation.
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Our Guardian latest: NHS group considers charges for crutches and neck braces

17 Apr 2014: Is this the beginning of the end for the free-at-the-point-of-use NHS?
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Self-employment accounts for 44% of the net rise in employment since mid- 2010

15 Apr 2014: Pensioners, part-time workers and ‘odd-jobbers’ are the fastest growing groups of Britain’s new self-employed workforce.
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Budget 2014: winners and losers

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

17 Mar 2014: Excessive fees are pricing workers out of employment tribunal justice.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tell the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester: SAVE OUR NHS

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

30 Jul 2013: Haringey resident Reverend Paul Nicolson is refusing to pay his council tax in protest at the cuts to council tax benefit and other government welfare ‘reforms.’ Support him at court on Friday.
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Youth unemployment: new analysis

20 Jun 2012: The TUC tracks long term youth unemployment patterns.
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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