The End of the British Welfare State
By Trevor Johnson, 18 May 2016
The growing discrepancy in life expectancy between the rich and poor is the result of decades of attacks on jobs, wages and living standards.
Notes on the London housing crisis
By Allison Smith, 18 May 2016
Last year, one in five families was forced to move home in the capital. Rent has soared 20 percent over the past five years, while average pay has increased only 2 percent.
By John Newham, 11 May 2016
Deplorable conditions are being used to justify the further privatisation of the prison service.
By Margot Miller, 4 May 2016
Successive Labour and Conservative governments have reduced spending on children and young people by 71 percent.
By Robert Stevens, 26 April 2016
Junior doctors have refused to back down in the face of government threats, but the danger is their isolation at the hands of the health unions and the Labour Party.
By Thomas Scripps, 25 April 2016
Many working families will lose up to £200 a month as a result of the Universal Credit welfare reform introduced by the Conservative government.
By Tania Kent, 11 April 2016
The Conservative Cameron government is demanding that all schools are converted into academies, which are state funded but privately run, by 2022.
Statement by NHS Fightback
29 March 2016
The imposition of a draconian contract on 55,000 junior doctors is a test case for restructuring employment conditions for the entire workforce of the National Health Service.
By Robert Stevens, 22 March 2016
Under conditions of escalating economic crisis, the rifts in the Tory party are an expression of political realignments underway within bourgeois politics internationally.
By Barry Mason, 22 March 2016
According to a new report by Oxfam, just seven percent of the increase in wealth over the past 15 years went to the poorest 50 percent, or 30 million people.
By Robert Stevens, 17 March 2016
Conservative Chancellor George Osborne’s budget, announced Wednesday, dramatically slashes the tax rate on corporate profits and capital gains.
By Robert Stevens, 15 March 2016
McDonnell said ensuring Labour’s credibility on the economy to big business was “the struggle of a generation.”
By Barry Mason, 15 February 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative government has announced plans to impose market-level rents on council tenants deemed to be high earning.
By Robert Stevens, 12 February 2016
The government’s unprecedented and authoritarian move signifies a new stage in the efforts of the ruling elite to dismantle the National Health Service.
By our reporters, 12 February 2016
Striking junior doctors and their supporters say that the government’s attacks on them are part of a broader assault on the National Health Service.
By Simon Whelan, 19 January 2016
Cameron’s plans spell the death knell for inner-city public housing, especially in London.
By Tony Robson, 12 January 2016
It has been more than four decades since the last national strike by junior doctors over pay and conditions
By Ajanta Silva, 9 January 2016
A student nurse graduating in 2020 could leave with debts over £50,000.
By Dennis Moore, 9 January 2016
Parks are not a statutory service and local authorities have no legal obligation to fund them.
By Margot Miller, 9 December 2015
Pensions have come under sustained attack by the previous Labour, Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition and present Conservative governments.
By Robert Stevens, 2 December 2015
The BMA’s betrayal allows the government further time to come up with a repackaged deal, in order to carry out effectively the same attacks on doctors’ employment conditions and pay.
Statement by NHS Fightback
30 November 2015
The defence of health care and every other basic social right can only be taken forward through a break from the trade unions and the Labour Party.
By Julie Hyland, 26 November 2015
In just 10 years, from 2010 through 2020, government spending as a percentage of GDP is projected to fall by 10 percent, with disastrous consequences for millions of people.
By Margot Miller, 26 November 2015
Under the control of the Labourites, each city and region within the Northern Powerhouse is involved in a cutthroat struggle for investment and the slashing of wages.
By Simon Whelan, 23 November 2015
Chancellor George Osborne is demanding that governmental departments slash their expenditures by up to 40 percent.
By Robert Stevens, 23 November 2015
New data shows that the UK economy is fragile and teetering on the edge of a major crisis.
By Barry Mason, 9 November 2015
Staff fear the extension of services at a weekend, without additional resources, would put yet more patients’ care in jeopardy.
By Ajanta Silva, 9 November 2015
The NHS’s financial crisis is the product of funding cuts and the drive to privatisation.
By Thomas Scripps, 7 November 2015
London is the third most expensive city in the world. Working people and students face soaring costs for housing and increasing evictions.
By Tom Pearce, 31 October 2015
Addenbrooke’s dire situation is symptomatic of a financial crisis across the NHS, with two-thirds of trusts predicting a deficit this year.
By Allison Smith, 19 October 2015
The final eviction at Sweets Way estate took place after a six-month standoff.
By Tom Scripps, 29 September 2015
Since 2011, 50,000 London families have been forcibly relocated outside of their boroughs.
By Margot Miller, 10 September 2015
The British government aims to get a million more disabled and ill people off the welfare rolls and into employment.
By Tania Kent, 7 August 2015
Applications for teaching jobs have declined by 27,000 in the last 12 months.
By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell, 28 July 2015
There are around 15,000 people on the council waiting list for affordable homes in Bristol, the most expensive city for housing after London.
By Paul Mitchell, 22 July 2015
The bill’s measures will plunge millions of workers and youth further into economic insecurity and poverty.
As party leadership contest unfolds
By Julie Hyland, 15 July 2015
The leadership contest is the outcome of the massive losses sustained by Labour in the May 7 General Election.
By Dennis Moore, 13 July 2015
A group of homeless protesters who have been camped out on the streets of central Manchester for the last few months could face jail if an injunction goes ahead.
By Julie Hyland, 9 July 2015
Chancellor George Osborne delivered a budget that seeks to replicate the situation in Greece.
By Paul Mitchell, 10 June 2015
The same praise previously heaped on former mayor Lutfur Rahman by the pseudo-left groups is now being lavished on Khan.
By Allison Smith, 1 June 2015
Just over one third of Londoners do not have enough money for a minimum standard of living.
By Robert Stevens, 30 March 2015
All three major parties in Britain are committed to huge cuts in welfare spending.
By Ajanta Silva, 23 March 2015
The deal, worth £780 million over four years, is the latest in the ongoing privatisation process of the publicly run health service.
Sell-off: The abolition of your NHS
By Joan Smith, 28 February 2015
The documentary exposes the extent to which Britain’s National Health Service has been privatised.
By Ajanta Silva, 14 February 2015
Health care workers have already suffered from four years of pay freezes, cuts, worsening job conditions and an increase in pension contributions.
By Dennis Moore, 5 February 2015
Those sanctioned are often the most poor and vulnerable, who will face having to live on little or no money.
By Ajanta Silva, 31 January 2015
The NHS now has to step in and clear up the financial and patient care disaster created by the private health care operator at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.
By Dennis Moore, 12 January 2015
The figures from a government report are corroborated by the increase in the numbers of people using food banks.
By Joe Mount, 9 January 2015
A significant number of young apprentices receive below the minimum wage, work unpaid overtime and have no written contract of employment.
By Ajanta Silva, 7 January 2015
What is happening to public health provision in Devon is a warning to the entire working class.
By Julie Hyland, 3 January 2015
City Link is the latest in a number of private equity-backed companies that have gone bankrupt over the last few years.
By Dennis Moore, 27 December 2014
Cuts to mental health services have led to enormous demand with little capacity to meet it.
By Robert Stevens, 15 December 2014
The ruling elite in Britain intend to carry out an offensive against the working class equal to that in Greece.
By Allison Smith, 5 December 2014
The housing residents are demanding a halt to rent increases and the threat of eviction.
By our reporters, 29 November 2014
WSWS reporters spoke to Isabel Counihan-Sanchez and her daughter Sarah about their experiences with eviction and their involvement in the Housing 4 All campaign.
By Martin Kreikenbaum, 15 November 2014
The German ruling class welcomes workers from poorer EU states as a source of cheap labour, but they are effectively second class citizens with no democratic or social rights.
By Jordan Shilton, 15 November 2014
The fact that only minor examples of wrongdoing were identified in a nearly 200-page report points to the political character of the decision to send in commissioners.
By our reporters, 3 November 2014
An occupation by 29 young mothers of an empty block of former social housing flats in London has highlighted the social cleansing policies of Labour Party-controlled Newham council.
By Ajanta Silva, 13 October 2014
An open letter from the heads of a number of health professional bodies speaks of “signs of a system buckling under the twin crises of rising demand and flat lining budgets.”
By Dennis Moore, 8 October 2014
The shortage of affordable housing is a consequence of years of not building the houses required to meet demand.
By James Hatton and Paul Bond, 8 September 2014
Last year’s elimination of the council tax benefit has raised local taxes for over 300,000 poor residents of London.
By Joe Mount, 29 July 2014
Britain’s universities increasingly rely on private philanthropists for their funding.
By Tony Robson, 28 July 2014
The Conservative Liberal Democrat government has taken major steps towards dismantling Britain’s National Health Service.
By Paul Bond, 25 July 2014
Northampton, like other Conservative councils, is enthusiastic about selling off the contents of its public museums and art galleries. Labour accepts the argument that artefacts can and should be sold to make up funding shortfalls.
By Ajanta Silva, 25 July 2014
Advocates of charging for doctors’ services argue that a system of free health care for all is no longer sustainable due to the economic crisis.
By our reporters, 14 July 2014
The World Socialist Web Site spoke to workers in a number of town and cities in England who participated in last Thursday’s national public sector strike and protests.
By Dennis Moore, 10 July 2014
Under the new eligibility system, thousands have died after being deemed fit for work, with thousands more denied benefit payments.
By Paul Mitchell, 9 July 2014
The government’s slashing of National Health Service funding is the cause of the crisis.
By Mark Blackwood and Ajanta Silva, 7 June 2014
Despite the widespread abuse of the severely disabled people in their care, none of Winterbourne View’s executives were ever questioned, let alone charged or jailed.
Ajitha Gunaratne—candidate of the SEP (UK) for the European elections, 6 May 2014
The following statement has been issued by Ajitha Gunaratne, candidate of the Socialist Equality Party for the North West England constituency in the upcoming European elections.
By Mary Smith, 5 May 2014
Last week’s announcement that Revenue and Customs is considering making taxpayers’ personal data commercially available to private companies has further demonstrated the UK government’s determination to turn a profit from private information.
By Barry Mason, 21 April 2014
A joint investigation by the Guardian newspaper and the campaigning organisation False Economy has revealed that 670,000 of the poorest households throughout England will face an average £120 council tax increase.
By Barry Mason, 31 March 2014
Thousands of people have had their benefits withdrawn, as sanctions on the unemployed increase.
By Robert Stevens, 25 March 2014
Under Clause 119 of the Care Bill passed in parliament last week, the health secretary will be able to close hospitals and cut services.
By Ajanta Silva, 12 March 2014
Foundation trusts have delivered “efficiency savings” of £867 million so far this year, but this is 18 percent behind what the government has demanded.
By Joe Mount, 12 February 2014
There is minimal provision for homeless youth, who bear the brunt of the dismantling of the welfare state.
By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell, 5 February 2014
As a result of the coalition government’s tax on unoccupied bedrooms, many are faced with eviction, forced to downsize or seek emergency assistance.
By Julie Hyland, 30 January 2014
The British Labour Party has announced it will impose legally binding massive spending cuts, such as those being carried out in Greece by the European Union.
By Tony Robson, 23 January 2014
Behind the charging of migrants to use the National Health Service is the objective of ending universal health care in favour of a means-tested approach.
By Eileen Rose, 22 January 2014
The New Year saw one of the largest landlords in Kent, Fergus Wilson, announce he will no longer rent his houses to benefit recipients and plans to evict 200 tenants.
By Stephen Alexander, 22 January 2014
The council’s introduction of a new 12.5-hour shift pattern will result in a pay cut of around 7 percent for 182 workers.
By Ajanta Silva, 20 January 2014
The CQC findings prove that the Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition’s funding cuts and privatisation policies have created a significant shortage of staff, beds and resources.
By Joan Smith and Ajanta Silva, 6 January 2014
Hampshire County Council in England plans to reduce demand for services, including social care of the elderly and disabled, which accounts for more than one-third of council’s budget.
By Tom Pearse, 4 January 2014
Figures for 2011-2012 show 13 million people in the UK are in poverty.
By Mark Blackwood, 4 January 2014
The UK’s Mental Health Foundation reports that every two hours one death is recorded as a result of suicide.
By Robert Stevens, 27 December 2013
A new study shows that since 2008, nearly half a million elderly and disabled people have either lost support or are no longer eligible for care.
By Dennis Moore, 16 December 2013
Some 37 percent of eye clinic staff respondents to a Royal National Institute of the Blind survey said that their patients were losing their sight due to treatment being delayed.
By Emily Wilson, 13 December 2013
Many of those hit by welfare sanctions are cutting back on food, heating, and travel.
By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell, 11 December 2013
Following an assessment that deemed her fit for work, 53-year-old Jacqueline Harris was stripped of her incapacity benefit of £99.15 per week.
By Tom Pearse, 9 December 2013
One in five recipients of Trussell Trust food parcels were referred to its food banks as a direct result of government attacks on welfare benefits.
By Allison Smith, 2 December 2013
In scenes repeated across Britain, poor residents queue up outside court buildings waiting to appear before local magistrates for being in arrears on newly imposed council taxes.
By Dennis Moore, 20 November 2013
A statement by Tooks Chambers, a leading law firm forced into dissolution, said that government policies on legal aid “are cumulatively devastating the provision of legal services and threatening the rule of law.”
By Robert Stevens, 13 November 2013
British Prime Minister David Cameron used the annual speech at the Lord Mayor’s Banquet to declare that the devastating austerity being imposed by his government will be “permanent.”
By Julie Hyland, 5 November 2013
A UK Supreme Court ruling clears the way for an expansion of workfare, with 200,000 unemployed for two years set to be placed on a new scheme, with claimants having to do 30 hours’ unpaid “community work” for six months.
By Jo March, 31 October 2013
Pseudo-science is being promoted by the government to assert that working class children are genetically incapable of learning at a high level.
By Jordan Shilton, 24 October 2013
Labour has pledged to embrace the so-called “free schools” introduced by the coalition and to clamp down even harder on welfare.
By Mark Blackwood and Ajanta Silva, 19 October 2013
Five thousand nursing posts have been eliminated along with thousands of other hospital posts over the last three years.
By Marc Milton, 18 September 2013
Market-set rents are increasingly unaffordable for many of those in work, let alone people between jobs or the socially vulnerable.
By Barry Mason, 17 September 2013
Recently published reports underscore the drive by the Conservative-led coalition government to establish low-paid, precarious employment as the “new normal.”
By Barry Mason, 9 September 2013
A new survey of child poverty in the UK reveals that 3.5 million children grow up in poverty, compared with 2 million 40 years ago.