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From The Socialist newspaper, 26 January 2022

News in brief

Government considers green levy cut

Energy bills are going through the uninsulated roof and the government is under pressure. The Energy Company Obligation could be under threat. This £1 billion levy on energy bills pays for energy efficiency measures in homes.

Far from obliging companies to put up cash to make homes more energy efficient, the levy is placed on ordinary people's bills, costing an average of £29 a year.

Insulating homes is necessary, so is action to reduce energy bills. The solution is to make the energy bosses pay for both, by nationalising energy to provide affordable energy to well-insulated homes.

NHS consultants raking in dividends

Nurses marching for the NHS, photo Paul Mattsson

Nurses marching for the NHS, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Profit-seeking capitalists are crawling over all aspects over our NHS, looking for ways to extract money. 481 health consultants in England have shares in profit-making joint ventures, according to think tank Centre for Health and Public Interest. Since 2015, these have generated over £1 billion in revenue. £31 million in dividends has been paid to consultant shareholders.

These 'joint ventures', and other private enterprises profiting from our ill health, must be nationalised and integrated into a fully public NHS. So that rather than untold millions going into shareholders' pockets, the money is invested in the high-quality healthcare we deserve.

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What we think

We need a workers' alternative to big business Tories and Labour


News

Lords reject parts of anti-protest bill

News in brief

Social care providers put profit before residents' needs - nationalise care now


Cost of living

Cost of living crisis


Trade unions and the cuts

Trade unions and the fight against council cuts


Workplace news

Barts NHS workers strike back

Sheffield Just Eat strikers step up action and hold mass rally

Oaks Park School: valiant strike exposed state of schools

Education: Workload and inflation goes up, incomes fall

DWP reps demand action from PCS leadership

10,000 tube workers vote to strike - don't make workers pay for TfL funding crisis

Strike action by Carmarthenshire winter gritters wins concessions from council

Universities: Strike action at 68 in two disputes

Worksop Wincanton logistics workers begin ninth week of strike action


International news

Trade unionists in the USA fighting back


Campaigns news

Hundreds protest to save St Mary's Leisure Centre in Southampton

Wakefield TUSC - Fighting for low-paid workers and NHS

Eviction resistance on the march in Waltham Forest

This is students' chance to fight back - help build 2 March NUS walkout

Selling the Socialist


Environment

Britain's waterways choked with a 'chemical cocktail'


Readers' opinion

War in Yemen, made in Harlow, profit for rich

Somers 'slaughterhouse' Forge

UK Covid-19 mortality similar to Spanish Flu

It's my party, and I'll lie if I want to


 

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