The End of the British Welfare State
By Dennis Moore, 20 August 2013
New surveys reveal that millions of British citizens face growing indebtedness, with 21 percent experiencing a large drop in income in the last three years.
By Liz Smith, 30 July 2013
Children’s social care services in Doncaster, England are to be transferred to a “Community Interest Company”, laying the basis for full privatisation.
By Julie Hyland, 20 July 2013
The Conservative/Liberal coalition in Britain has laid out further attacks on welfare provision, while the opposition Labour Party calls for even deeper cuts.
By Dennis Moore, 11 July 2013
Official statistics published by the government show a five-year high in homelessness across the UK.
By Dennis Moore, 25 June 2013
Due to the spiraling funeral costs, rising poverty, and cutbacks in funeral payment entitlement for the poorest, the phenomenon of the “pauper’s funeral” is increasing in the UK
By Robert Stevens, 13 June 2013
The Labour Party has moved to continue the imposition of savage austerity measures, in the event of the downfall of the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government.
By Jerome Stern, 12 June 2013
Last month, Metropolitan Police officers raided three east London sites where homeless people were sleeping.
By Emily Wilson, 22 May 2013
The number of people in fuel poverty in England is expected to rise from 6 million today to 9 million by 2016.
By Julie Hyland, 11 May 2013
By scapegoating immigrants as undeserving “scroungers”, the government intends to deny people, including European Union citizens, the right to access public services, including welfare, health care and housing.
By Simon Whelan, 26 April 2013
The numbers of billionaires in the United Kingdom stands at a record 88—up from 77 last year.
By Dennis Moore, 10 April 2013
From this month, millions of the poorest people in the UK are being forced to pay Council Tax for the first time, plunging many into deeper poverty.
By Julie Hyland, 8 April 2013
Politicians in the UK have responded to the tragic deaths of six children in a house fire to demand even further cuts in welfare spending.
By Paul Mitchell, 4 April 2013
This month, historic cuts in welfare provision come into force, driving millions further into destitution.
By Ajanta Silva, 30 March 2013
The UK’s Care Quality Commission has produced a report documenting the severe deterioration in the quality of care for elderly people.
By Mark Blackwood, 11 March 2013
The comment by an Independent member of Cornwall Council says a good deal about the character of the discussions taking place within the political elite over spending cuts.
By Paul Stuart, 4 March 2013
The Labour Party, trade unions and pseudo-left groups in Britain are playing the main role in facilitating the decimation of the National Health Service.
By Dave Hyland, 26 February 2013
Attacks on workers being prepared by the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust in South Yorkshire, England also threaten medical care in this working class area.
Social cleansing of London
By Paul Bond, 25 February 2013
Local councils—with Labour-run administrations in the lead—are implementing a policy of social cleansing by trying to relocate families up to 200 miles away.
By Peter Reydt, 20 February 2013
An 81-year-old woman died after being left alone in her house without any medicine, food or drink.
By Joe Mount, 15 February 2013
The objective is to argue that child poverty should be redefined to blame “benefit entitlement” for “encouraging worklessness.”
By Julie Hyland, 13 February 2013
Up to 1,200 patients are estimated to have died as a result of the poor care they received at Stafford Hospital.
By Rick Wilson, 12 February 2013
The coalition government is to press ahead with serious cuts to heath services in south east London.
By Tony Robson, 5 February 2013
The closure of the Accident & Emergency unit at Trafford General Hospital in Greater Manchester, the hospital where the National Health Service was founded, has been approved.
By Richard Duckworth, 1 February 2013
At a public meeting in Bristol, England, the Unite trade union appealed to Labour, the party that initiated the privatisation of the National Health Service, to save it.
By Barry Mason and Julie Hyland, 30 January 2013
Administration workers and clerical staff at three hospitals began a five-day strike on Monday.
By Chris Marsden, 28 January 2013
The NHS is hated by the ruling class as a symbol of everything they were forced to grant the working class in Britain in the post-war period.
By Paul Veevers, 26 January 2013
The budget of £4 billion for prisons and Probation Services represents rich pickings for the corporate sector.
By Liz Smith, 21 January 2013
Up to 19 of the city’s 36 Sure Start centres are to close, with the loss of up to 150 fully trained staff.
21 January 2013
The Socialist Equality Party (UK) has taken the initiative in launching a national campaign to defend the National Health Service.
By Robert Stevens, 14 January 2013
Many benefit payments, including Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Maternity Allowance, and Sick Pay, will be cut.
By Steve Woodbridge and Danny Westwood, 14 January 2013
National Health Service provision in Peterborough, England is being further eroded, with more jobs and services under threat.
By Paul Stuart, 11 January 2013
South London hospitals are facing devastating budget cuts, ward and service closures.
By Tony Robson, 4 January 2013
The downsizing of local hospitals is in line with plans to dismantle much of the NHS.
By Dennis Moore, 4 January 2013
Across the UK, significant numbers of local authorities saw rough sleeping increase by 100 percent.
By Tony Robson, 13 December 2012
A leaked document exposes how intense lobbying shaped government health policy during a fraudulent public “listening exercise” on the Health and Social Care Bill.
By Mark Blackwood, 4 December 2012
Saturday’s “We are One NHS” demonstration, jointly organised by the National Health Service unions, including Unite, Unison, the Royal College of Nursing and the GMB, was a dispirited affair with an extremely low turnout.
Socialist Equality Party/SouthWest NHS Fightback
By our correspondent, 4 December 2012
The SEP/SouthWest NHS Fightback replies to a Unite union official.
By Julie Hyland, 3 December 2012
A new study examines the disastrous impact of current government policy, especially regarding welfare reform.
By Ajanta Silva, 22 October 2012
The South West Pay Terms and Conditions Consortium, or pay cartel, is stepping up its plans to cut the pay, terms and conditions of health workers in southern England.
By Jean Shaoul, 15 October 2012
The relentless rise in global plutocrats’ wealth and their turn to investing in homes and commercial property are having a devastating impact on the rest of society.
By Tony Robson, 13 October 2012
An internal NHS report spells out the replacement of Accident and Emergency (A&E) services such as provided by Trafford General Hospital with downsized facilities nationally.
By Paul Bond, 12 October 2012
Senior UK government figures signalled further massive cuts to welfare budgets at the Conservative Party conference this week.
By Mark Blackwood, 18 September 2012
A private company chaired by a Conservative peer seems likely to be awarded a £300 million contract to run and maintain more than 550 National Health Service buildings.
By Dennis Moore, 28 August 2012
Panorama’s “Disabled or Faking It?”, screened by the BBC, gives a graphic account of the problems millions of people in the UK face when trying to claim Employment and Support Allowance.
By Julie Hyland, 11 August 2012
The UK’s High Court has ruled that the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government’s welfare-to-work programmes are lawful.
By Steve Woodbridge, 3 August 2012
Staff and local residents have protested calls by Conservative-led Peterborough City Council for the closure of the English city’s last two council-run care homes for the elderly.
By Ajanta Silva, 31 July 2012
Nineteen National Health Service Trusts in South West England, covering 60,000 hospital workers have formed a Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium.
By Simon Whelan and Ajanta Silva, 27 July 2012
A decision to close three paediatric heart hospital units, made in early July following a National Health Services “Safe and Sustainable” review, will cost more children’s lives.
By Paul Bond, 3 May 2012
The government-imposed cap on Housing Benefit payment last year will lead to a policy of social cleansing of the poor, particularly in London.
Socialist Equality Party (UK), 26 April 2012
None of the major British parties are telling the truth in their campaign for the May 5 local elections: That the passage into law of the Health and Social Care Act presages the ending of free and universal state-funded health care in the UK.
By Eileen Rose, 14 February 2012
Six charities have told the Guardian that the Conservative-Liberal Democrat government’s focus on “benefit over-claiming” and alleged fraud has fuelled abuse and scepticism against disabled people.
By Dennis Moore, 9 February 2012
Tens of thousands of Britons are struggling to make ends meet, forcing ever greater numbers to resort to the use of food banks.
By Robert Stevens, 31 January 2012
Free and comprehensive health care is set to end with the passage of the Conservative/Liberal Democrat government’s Health and Social Care Bill 2011.
By Tony Hyland, 26 November 2011
Some two million workers are expected to take part in the November 30 Day of Action against attacks on public sector pensions.
19 November 2011
A reader’s letter on the article “UK couple driven to suicide by poverty and neglect”.
By Eileen Hyland, 4 October 2011
Britain’s Conservative Party health secretary Andrew Lansley recently stated that more than 60 Private Finance Initiative (PFI) hospitals were on the brink of financial collapse.
By Paul Stuart, 16 August 2011
The British political establishment is imposing vicious class justice against young people accused of involvement in last week’s riots that swept London and other cities, areas devastated by joblessness and cuts to social services.
By Julie Hyland, 11 July 2011
The report published Tuesday by Andrew Dilnot detailing the findings of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support reveals an official consensus on the dismantling of essential publicly-funded social provision.
By Robert Stevens, 18 May 2011
The Department for Work and Pensions has issued official guidance on how to deal with a claimant who threatens suicide.
By Daniel O’Flynn, 3 May 2011
Since the beginning of the year, not a day has gone by without a new announcement on far-reaching cuts to the National Health Service.
By Julie Hyland, 8 April 2011
Britain’s government has placed on hold its Health and Social Care Bill, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley told parliament on Tuesday.
By Stephen Alexander, 25 January 2011
The Conservative-Liberal Democrat government’s Health and Social Care Bill, introduced to Parliament last Wednesday, aims to dismantle the National Health Service (NHS) and hand over its profitable components to private corporations.
By Barry Mason, 28 December 2010
Senior figures in the UK’s National Health Service have warned that the government proposals to reform health care could lead it to “implode” or face a “train crash”.
By Paul Mitchell, 3 November 2010
The cuts in Housing Benefit proposed by the British Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition will lead to the eviction of huge numbers of people from their homes in London and elsewhere in the south-east of England.
By Barry Mason, 17 July 2010
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has found that the poorest people in the UK cannot achieve what most people regard as a minimum standard of living and that the latest budget will make the situation for them worse.
By Marcus Morgan, 14 August 2009
Over the last few years, a new breed of “sale and rent back” (SRB) speculators has emerged in Britain, seeking to take advantage of the most vulnerable homeowners to turn a profit.
By Ajanta Silva, 10 August 2009
Labour’s Health secretary Andy Burnham has outlined the government’s proposals for elderly care in the green paper, “Shaping the Future of Care Together”.
By Peter Reydt, 3 October 2008
More than 40 percent of children in the United Kingdom are living in poverty, according to the latest research. That is some 5.5 million children.
Private sector to bid for contracts
By Robert Stevens, 9 September 2008
The Labour government in Britain has escalated its attack on the unemployed, the disabled and other vulnerable people with an announcement in a green paper to introduce a work for benefits scheme.
By Jean Shaoul, 20 March 1999
Gordon Brown's third budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer was greeted enthusiastically by most political commentators. It was almost universally acknowledged that he had squared the circle--combining redistribution of income with a business-friendly budget.