Scottish Parliament unanimously passes Period Poverty Bill

This evening, 24 November 2020, the Scottish Parliament unanimously voted to become the first country in the world to pass legislation making period products freely available to all. The Bill, which was proposed by Monica Lennon, Scottish Labour spokesperson for Health and Sport, is the result of years of campaigning from anti-poverty campaigners.

UK Defence budget increase signals further shift towards new Cold War

It has been announced this week that the UK military is to receive an extra £4bn a year over the next four years. This represents an increase of around 10% per annum and sits on top of existing plans to increase defence spending at above inflation rates.

University of Manchester: Occupied!

Now in Manchester in 2020, in response to the government’s failure to protect the “partying students” they’ve sought to use as a means of circumventing responsibility for their strategic ineptitude and £12bn failed track and trace scheme, students are once again refusing to be diligent piggy banks for an increasingly-monopolised higher education system and the private property investors taking a generous chunk of capital from student-occupied halls during lockdown.

Young workers twice as likely to have lost their job during the pandemic

In a report from the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics (LSE) titled ‘Generation COVID and Social Mobility: Evidence and Policy’, it has been shown that young workers aged 16-25 have been hit the hardest employment-wise since the pandemic began.

250,000 workers set for pay rise as Real Living Wage rate set to rise next year

Today, the Living Wage Foundation announced the new Real Living Wage rates for the upcoming financial year. Across the UK, the wage rate is set to rise from £9.30 to £9.50, while in London, where living costs are substantially higher, the rate is set to rise 10p, from £10.75 to £10.85. Meanwhile, the Government haveContinue reading “250,000 workers set for pay rise as Real Living Wage rate set to rise next year”

YCL: “Remembrance should not be a vehicle to justify and legitimise past or future wars”

The Young Communist League has issued a statement to mark Remembrance Sunday 2020 which is being observed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CP demand action to protect jobs, food and housing as second lockdown sets in

The Communist Party has issued the November edition of its news sheet Unity! focusing on communist campaigning work up and down the country and the need for a trade union led fight for action to protect lives and livelihoods during the pandemic.

CP General Secretary condemns “shambolic betrayal of the people” by Tories on COVID-19

The Communist Party’s General Secretary, Robert Griffiths, has released a recorded address condemning the Tories’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and calling for mass action now to prevent more deaths and economic hardship for working people.

Bath rated UK’s most “progressive” city

The West of England Branch of the Young Communist League are dismayed, but not surprised, at the uncritical reporting from news outlets that financial services company Bankrate have rated the city of Bath the UK’s “most progressive place… to live and work”