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Topic: Poverty

£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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No more deaths from fuel poverty: join the day of protest 28 November

12 Nov 2014: On the day the government reveals how many people died last year from the effects of fuel poverty, demand ‘No More Deaths from Fuel Poverty: Energy Rights Now!’
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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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Fuel Poverty Action to launch the Energy Bill of Rights

10 Oct 2014: With winter on the way, action against energy companies and soaring energy prices becomes even more important.
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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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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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DWP Unspun - a new website from False Economy

14 Jul 2014: Everything the government doesn't want you to know about work and benefits.
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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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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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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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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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#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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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