Letter from welfare advice worker on introduction of Universal Credit benefits
By our correspondent, 21 November 2017
The World Socialist Web Site received this submission on the introduction of Universal Credit in the UK from a welfare advice worker.
By Margot Miller, 20 November 2017
A report predicts a 4 percent national increase in children in families living in poverty, or 400,000 additional children in families with incomes of 60 percent or less of the median.
By Steve James, 18 November 2017
The report avoids any reference to the fire’s origins in national and local policy decisions, including the deregulation and privatisation of fire safety and building control, as well as fire service cuts.
By Jean Shaoul, 17 November 2017
The sordid tale of Department for International Development Secretary Priti Patel’s fall from grace and resignation highlights the true content of Britain’s “aid” policy.
By Alex Lantier, 16 November 2017
The EU is preparing censorship aimed not at false information, but at news reports or political views that encourage popular opposition to the European ruling class.
By Julie Hyland, 15 November 2017
The UK prime minister’s claims underscore how unsubstantiated allegations of Russian “interference” and “fake news” have become the refuge for crisis-ridden politicians the world over.
By our reporters, 15 November 2017
The meeting outlined the political context in which the term “fake news” is used to justify censorship.
By our reporter, 13 November 2017
Outside London Waterloo, the UK’s busiest train station, large pickets were mounted as up to half of all services were cancelled.
By Thomas Scripps, 13 November 2017
Full-time employment is now out of reach for many, with growing numbers forced into precarious part-time and self-employment.
By Chris Marsden, 11 November 2017
European Union officials have let it be known that they are making contingency plans based on Prime Minister Theresa May not surviving beyond the end of this year.
By Simon Whelan, 11 November 2017
Attempts to stifle information over the Grenfell Tower inferno come as it has been revealed that 52 London tower blocks are similarly clad in flammable material.
By Julie Hyland, 10 November 2017
Friends and colleagues denounced Sargeant’s treatment, saying that he had been “thrown to the wolves,” despite none of the allegations being subject to investigation by the police.
By Alice Summers, 9 November 2017
Twenty-seven percent of London residents live in poverty, according to a study by poverty charity Trust for London.
By Michael Barnes, 8 November 2017
Ahead of the strikes, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling declared the Conservative government’s intention to coordinate a national strike-breaking operation.
SEP national secretary proposes “Capitalism Has Failed” at St Andrews University Union Debating Society
By our reporter, 7 November 2017
Chris Marsden, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Britain, won substantial support for the proposition that capitalism is an “abject failure.”
By Robert Stevens, 4 November 2017
As well as facing delays in receiving the Universal Credit payments, many of those on the benefit face punitive “sanctions” aimed at cutting the pittance they receive even further.
By Julie Hyland, 3 November 2017
The sex scandal engulfing Britain’s parliament sprang to life following that involving American film producer Harvey Weinstein.
By Paul Bond, 30 October 2017
The auction in London met up with the feeling of solidarity that many people have with those devastated by the fire.
By Ajanta Silva, 28 October 2017
214 out of 224 acute hospitals operated without an adequate level of nursing staff during day shifts last October, while 85 percent of them did not have proper staff levels on night shifts.
By Ross Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 27 October 2017
Many working class people will be forced out of a borough where 48 percent of households have either no savings or are in debt.
By our reporters, 26 October 2017
One Forum participant said the Facebook page “will be important to give a voice to the survivors, many of whose terrible experiences have still to be told.”
By Dennis Moore, 25 October 2017
According to evidence presented, Yate had been working a continual week of night shifts at a supermarket in a losing battle to try and pay off £50,000 in debts.
By our reporters, 25 October 2017
The documentary was shown on October 14 at HOME, Manchester’s centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film, and at the Barbican Centre in London on October 22.
By Margot Miller, 24 October 2017
While profits soar to exponential heights, corporations engage in myriad complex scams to evade paying even the minimal and ever decreasing corporate taxes levied by governments.
By Dennis Moore, 23 October 2017
Job losses at Vauxhall and BAE Systems are among thousands of cuts across the UK as the economy stagnates.
By Tom Pearce, 20 October 2017
London has 32 boroughs, of which just 21 answered a survey on the cost of planned remedial safety work.
By Robert Stevens, 19 October 2017
EU leaders will today inform British Prime Minister Theresa May that after five rounds of negotiations over the terms of its exit from the EU, the UK needs to make further concessions.
By Margot Miller, 17 October 2017
Three lives were reported lost and winds of up to 109 mph left 360,000 homes and businesses without power in the Republic of Ireland.
By Alice Summers, 14 October 2017
Economic and academic pressures on young people are exacerbated by a systemic decrease of funding for mental health counselling.
By Tom Pearce, 14 October 2017
Due to budget cuts, schools have asked for donations from businesses to provide basic necessities, resulting in further reliance on the private sector.
By Robert Stevens, 13 October 2017
No money has been made available to fund the installation of sprinkler systems, despite fire brigades stating that they are essential to prevent fires spreading.
By Ajanta Silva, 11 October 2017
More than 75,000 people signed petitions against the Clinical Service Review, with many thousands across the county participating in protest marches, meetings and gatherings in Dorchester, Poole and Bournemouth.
By Robert Stevens, 10 October 2017
At the Conservative Party’s annual conference, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said his government was prepared to use nuclear weapons against North Korea or another adversary.
By Steve James, 10 October 2017
Rudd’s initial focus is on clamping down on opposition to British imperialism’s predatory wars in the Middle East, but this will inevitably be extended to cover all anti-war sentiment and commentary.
By Paul Bond, 9 October 2017
From an original proposal to pay only “enabling costs” from public funds, £60 million towards capital cost was committed by Conservative Mayor of London Boris Johnson and then Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.
By Robert Stevens, 7 October 2017
Theresa May only remains in place to keep the party together and avoid an eruption of unrestrained factional warfare.
By Dennis Moore, 6 October 2017
Many of the firefighters who tackled the Grenfell fire suffered mental health problems following that terrible event.
By Robert Stevens, 5 October 2017
Despite the “socialist” rhetoric they may spout, the pseudo-left and Stalinist groups are all in fundamental agreement with McDonnell—the job at hand is to defend capitalism.
Director of British rights group Cage convicted for refusing to reveal mobile phone and laptop pass codes
By Steve James, 4 October 2017
The conviction of Muhammed Rabbani underscores the significance of recent investigations into massive mobile phone surveillance in Britain by local police forces.
By Steve James, 3 October 2017
Monarch is the third major European airline to go under this year.
By Robert Stevens, 3 October 2017
The pseudo-left groups are desperate to conceal the fact that the many local Labour authorities have imposed austerity on behalf of the government for years.
By our reporters, 3 October 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to those attending Saturday’s anti-austerity protest in Manchester.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 October 2017
Over 20 people, half of whom were local residents, attended the first meeting of the Grenfell Fire Forum last Saturday at the Maxilla Social Club in North Kensington, London.
By Margot Miller, 2 October 2017
The ruling elite is seeking to return social conditions to the Victorian era, abolishing the post-World War II welfare state.
By Steve James, 30 September 2017
The ruling elite are calling for powers to exclude whole sections of the population from internet use, as and when politically convenient.
The Labour Party’s Annual Conference 2017
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 29 September 2017
If Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was serious about implementing a single one of his pledges, he would alert the working class to the struggle they face to ensure their demands are met.
29 September 2017
The SEP (UK) is holding the first in a series of regular meetings on the Grenfell Tower fire on September 30 at the Maxilla Hall Social Club, North Kensington, London.
By Peter Reyd, 28 September 2017
Riot squads were called to prisons 30 to 40 times a month to deal with serious disorders between March and November 2016.
By Jean Shaoul and Robert Stevens, 27 September 2017
The BVI is known as a tourist location, but the island’s raison d’être for the ruling elite in Britain and globally is as a site for financial swindling on a vast scale.
By Robert Stevens, 27 September 2017
The conference vote on Brexit took on surreal elements, being held on the same day that it was announced that the beginning of a fourth round of talks between the UK and the EU again broke up without agreement.
By Robert Stevens, 23 September 2017
While Conservative Prime Minister May’s speech in Florence was flagged as bridge building with the European Union over Brexit, not a single EU leader or representative was present.
By Robert Stevens, 22 September 2017
The British government’s position paper on the terms of its exit from the EU stresses the UK’s role as the second military power in NATO, to underline the implicit threat that it will withdraw military and defence co-operation with the bloc.
Socialist Equality Party/International Youth and Students for Social Equality (UK) public meetings
22 September 2017
The Socialist Equality Party and International Youth and Students for Social Equality are holding a series of public meetings in the UK in opposition to Google’s censorship of the Internet and its blacklisting of the World Socialist Web Site.
Grenfell Tower fire eyewitnesses: “It’s because of our class—we are the lowest socioeconomic class on the food chain”
By our reporters, 20 September 2017
A Socialist Equality Party campaign team spoke with local residents in Ladbroke Grove, London about the Grenfell Tower fire.
By our reporters, 19 September 2017
Inquiry Chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick claimed that he was “impartial” and had therefore rejected submissions to appoint a local resident to act as an assessor.
By Dennis Moore, 19 September 2017
The government’s overall agenda, dressed up as welfare “reform,” is underpinned by slashing welfare spending and encouraging people to move from benefits into work.
By Paul Mitchell and Robert Stevens, 18 September 2017
In the name of opposing “extremism,” the May government is preparing a drastic curtailment of democratic rights and civil liberties.
By Paul Armstrong, 18 September 2017
In the aftermath of the Lakanal House fire, the Labour-controlled council promised £62 million for improved fire safety and maintenance, but residents are still living in death traps.
By our reporter, 18 September 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to some of the hundreds of people in Britain on why they have signed the petition to Google demanding that the corporation stop its censorship of the Internet and end their blacklist of the WSWS.
By Steve James, 16 September 2017
As with all such outrages, there is no reason to assume that the attack comes as a surprise to the British intelligence agencies.
By Paul Armstrong, 16 September 2017
Recommendations from a coroner’s inquest into the Lakanal House tower block fire, handed down in 2013, were ignored by the Conservative government, local council authorities and the London Fire Brigade.
By the Socialist Equality Party (UK), 15 September 2017
The refusal of Sir Martin Moore-Bick to answer questions at the official opening of the government inquiry into the Grenfell Tower inferno epitomises the class arrogance and indifference of the powers-that-be towards working people.
By John Vassilopoulos, 14 September 2017
Arnold Tarling, a chartered surveyor and fire safety expert, told the WSWS government cuts were responsible for the Grenfell Tower inferno.
By Robert Stevens, 14 September 2017
August saw a further precipitous decline in living standards for all workers, due to the rising cost of fuel, clothes and food imports, with wages as a share of national income the lowest since the Second World War.
By Julie Hyland, 13 September 2017
The so-called Great Repeal Bill, incorporating European Union (EU) legislation into British law, passed its second reading in parliament early Tuesday morning.
By Robert Stevens, 12 September 2017
The former Labour prime minister called for EU nationals without work in the UK to be barred from renting homes, opening bank accounts and receiving health care.
By Margot Miller and Robert Stevens, 11 September 2017
Since 2010, Salford Council has imposed £186 million in cuts to vitally needed services.
By Robert Stevens, 9 September 2017
The inquiry has no intention of achieving real justice for the victims of Grenfell—nor remedying the dangers faced by thousands of other tenants across the country.
No answers to attacks on public health care
By Ajanta Silva and Paul Mitchell, 8 September 2017
The “Summer of Action” was largely restricted to appeals to MPs and photo opportunities for RCN bureaucrats and union officials making occasional media appearances.
By John Farmer and Robert Stevens, 8 September 2017
Throughout the strike, Unite never called all-out action, even as the Birmingham City Council mounted a mass scabbing operation.
By Steve James, 7 September 2017
Four soldiers in the British Army were arrested on suspicion of preparing acts of terrorism as members of the outlawed fascist group National Action.
By Julie Hyland, 7 September 2017
As parliament begins its debate today on the second reading of the so-called Great Repeal bill, the Labour Party officially announced it will vote against.
By Tony Robson, 6 September 2017
Workers need to take the dispute out of the hands of the ASLEF and the RMT and link it with a broader struggle against austerity and cost-cutting in the public and private sectors.
By our reporters, 6 September 2017
“As long as the rich people, special interests and the establishment are ruling, then there will always be a cover-up.”
By Julie Hyland, 5 September 2017
The European Union insists there can be no progress to discussion on future relations without Britain settling its “divorce” bill first.
By Laura Tiernan, 4 September 2017
Theresa May’s Tory government, like the Cameron government before it, has relied on local Labour councils to slash millions of pounds from public spending.
By Chris Marsden, 1 September 2017
Snow’s proposals to “democratise” the media repeated official complaints about “fake news” used by Google to blacklist the WSWS and other sites.
By Tony Robson, 31 August 2017
The latest round of strike action takes place against the background of concerted efforts by the rail unions to end the dispute and prevent its extension to other private operators on the network.
By Chris Marsden, 30 August 2017
The Financial Times welcomed Labour’s support for continued membership of the European Union Single Market, saying that it put the party “firmly on the side of business.”
By Steve James, 29 August 2017
Every single one of the cladding systems now being exposed as deadly had previously been signed off by various regulatory bodies as safe.
By our reporters, 29 August 2017
The meeting offered no way forward for residents, of Salford or elsewhere, forced to live in potential death traps.
By Thomas Scripps, 28 August 2017
The report’s bias in favour of employers is not an oversight, as the political establishment that Matthew Taylor speaks for has no intention of bringing “precarious employment” under control.
Interview with rapper El Nino about “Grenfell Tower’s Burning”: “We had to watch that, so why shouldn’t they have to listen to us?”
By Paul Bond, 28 August 2017
Following the World Socialist Web Site’s recent review of the artistic response to the Grenfell Tower fire from local artists, reviewer Paul Bond spoke to El Nino.
By Chris Marsden, 26 August 2017
McDonnell chose to end his big business charm offensive with closed-door appearances in July before the London Stock Exchange.
“As we grew up, our instinct was that the enemy was the system and the police. That’s what we were fighting against.”
By our reporters, 26 August 2017
WSWS reporters spoke to those who came to the SEP public meeting in London on the Grenfell Tower fire.
“Grenfell has shown one thing above all—and that is the enormous ingenuity, dedication and seriousness of the working class.”
By our reporters, 26 August 2017
Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden delivered closing remarks to the SEP’s August 19 public meeting in London on the Grenfell Tower fire.
By Alice Summers, 25 August 2017
Just one in five young people from the poorest areas in the UK will go on to university, compared to half of their wealthier peers.
By our reporters, 25 August 2017
A number of survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire attended and spoke at the August 19 public meeting of the Socialist Equality Party (UK) in London.
24 August 2017
To warm applause, White said, “The most effective use of our energy and our determination has to be mobilise our class, independently, not to expend our energy in fruitless appeals to the powers that be.”
Worker at SEP public meeting on the Grenfell Tower fire: “We are working class and we always suffer. A few people who are rich, they call the shots.”
By our reporters, 24 August 2017
Delroy, from Wembley in northwest London, spoke to the WSWS following the August 19 public meeting on Grenfell Tower.
By Chris Marsden, 23 August 2017
This speech was given by Socialist Equality Party National Secretary Chris Marsden at the August 19 public meeting in London on the Grenfell Tower fire.
Speech given by Thomas Scripps at Socialist Equality Party public meeting
22 August 2017
Scripps: “It is politically vital to establish why this one event is a crime perpetrated by capitalism against the working class…and to explain why we have declared Grenfell to be an act of social murder.”
By our reporter, 21 August 2017
To ensure that all felt free to speak, the SEP had denied a request from Sky News to film proceedings and told police officers who inquired that they were not welcome.
Report: “The plight of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children in the UK is deteriorating”
By Barry Mason, 19 August 2017
A new report finds that there are now 3.9 million children across the UK living below the breadline.
By Alex Lantier, 18 August 2017
With far right forces rising across Europe, invocations of “Western values” by the European political establishment against Trump are false and hypocritical to the core.
By our reporters, 17 August 2017
Around 500 local residents and others from London boroughs marched through the area surrounding Grenfell Tower Monday evening to mark two months since the fire.
By Dennis Moore and Margot Miller, 16 August 2017
Many tower blocks in Salford are clad in flammable material similar to that which encased the Grenfell Tower.
“The night our eyes changed”
By Paul Bond, 16 August 2017
Music mogul Simon Cowell brought together high-profile figures for a cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, but a far more powerful and politically interesting response has come from local artists.
By our reporters, 15 August 2017
Newham council is refusing to house those it is making homeless in the Carpenters Estate even though there are 400 vacant houses available.
By our reporters, 14 August 2017
World Socialist Web Site reporters spoke to residents in Ladbroke Grove about the Grenfell fire.