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Austerity is more expensive than investment in public services. It's basic maths
Chaminda Jayanetti

Austerity is more expensive than investment in public services. It's basic maths

For decades, successive governments have unveiled wave after wave of 'crackdowns' on benefit claimants. Whatever the aim of it all was, if it hasn’t been achieved by now it never will
Keir Starmer will continue austerity. That means keeping vulnerable people in 'brutalising poverty'
Kasmira Kincaid

Keir Starmer will continue austerity. That means keeping vulnerable people in 'brutalising poverty'

The roots of NHS decay can't be hidden by soundbite veneers
Paul McNamee

The roots of NHS decay can't be hidden by soundbite veneers

The government's short-term thinking around poverty is a costly mistake
John Bird

The government's short-term thinking around poverty is a costly mistake

Museum of Austerity: The mixed reality exhibition giving a voice to victims of benefit cuts
Art

Museum of Austerity: The mixed reality exhibition giving a voice to victims of benefit cuts

UN rapporteur on extreme poverty: 'UK policies continue to inflict misery'
Poverty

UN rapporteur on extreme poverty: 'UK policies continue to inflict misery'

Battle to save Britain's libraries as budget cuts, closures and austerity leaves future uncertain
Four people in a library
Libraries Week

Battle to save Britain's libraries as budget cuts, closures and austerity leaves future uncertain

Disabled people are suffering as a result of government neglect. It's time we united for justice
disabled people protesting
Disability Rights UK

Disabled people are suffering as a result of government neglect. It's time we united for justice

Why The Big Issue has launched a new campaign to End Housing Insecurity Now
Illustration of people and houses
Paul McNamee

Why The Big Issue has launched a new campaign to End Housing Insecurity Now

Labour says ‘there’s no money left’. We asked experts if that’s true
The economy

Labour says ‘there’s no money left’. We asked experts if that’s true

The accidental food bank: How youth clubs are becoming frontline services
Food banks

The accidental food bank: How youth clubs are becoming frontline services

Austerity was something we simply could not afford
2010 general election campaign. Image: Glenn Copus/Evening Standard/Shutterstock
John Bird

Austerity was something we simply could not afford

From benefits cruelty to child hunger, The Full Monty shows a welfare system stripped bare
Robert Carlyle as Gaz in The Full Monty carrying a mattress
TV

From benefits cruelty to child hunger, The Full Monty shows a welfare system stripped bare

The DWP's record on disability benefits is a disgrace. We're here to shine a light on it
A person with a walking stick
Paul McNamee

The DWP's record on disability benefits is a disgrace. We're here to shine a light on it

Austerity has its own life – here’s how it lives on in future generations
Man holds his head in his and as he looks at his computer
Sarah Marie Hall

Austerity has its own life – here’s how it lives on in future generations

Regrets, we have a few. But this Christmas we must focus on present need, not past mistakes
Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
John Bird

Regrets, we have a few. But this Christmas we must focus on present need, not past mistakes

The government must measure the true cost of austerity
Protest against government
John Bird

The government must measure the true cost of austerity

Is the fiscal ‘black hole’ real? We asked economists
Jeremy Hunt, autumn statement
Politics

Is the fiscal ‘black hole’ real? We asked economists

Austerity doesn't add up and hits those in need hardest
George Osborne
John Bird

Austerity doesn't add up and hits those in need hardest

Austerity, Brexit, Covid and the cost of living crisis: The damage 12 years of Tory rule has done to the UK
Gabrielle Pickard-Whitehead

Austerity, Brexit, Covid and the cost of living crisis: The damage 12 years of Tory rule has done to the UK

Darren McGarvey: 'Austerity was class war. I want to hit back'
Darren McGarvey in front of a wall with graffiti
inequality

Darren McGarvey: 'Austerity was class war. I want to hit back'

The worst places to live in the UK? Britain's run-down towns aren't funny anymore
James McMahon

The worst places to live in the UK? Britain's run-down towns aren't funny anymore

The government is likely to miss its 2027 target to end rough sleeping
homelessness and Rough sleeping Alexander Baxevanis
Housing

The government is likely to miss its 2027 target to end rough sleeping

Chancellor will unlock £20bn Brexit buffer if MPs back May's deal
News

Chancellor will unlock £20bn Brexit buffer if MPs back May's deal

Councils are cutting addiction services despite rising A&E admissions
Academics said racism in healthcare was driving down health levels in ethnic minorities
News

Councils are cutting addiction services despite rising A&E admissions