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Poverty Gap Grows Ever Wider
By Tom May, Weekly Worker, 16 February 1995. The Rowntree Foundation has confirmed that the gap between the richest 10% and the poorest 10% has increased from stlg200 to stlg400 since 1979. While the income of those at the bottom has remained stable at about stlg100 per week (1994 prices), the income of the richest 10% has grown between 50% and 60%.
Britain criticised for child labour
By Dominic Kennedy, The Times, 12 December 1996. Some children in Britain worked for as little as 10p an hour, in some cases in dangerous locations such as sawmills and building sites, according to the United Nations Children's Fund.
Abortion Debate Heats Up In Britain
By Celia Pugh, Militant, 3 February 1997. Opponents of a woman's right to abortion opened the new year with a fanfare of media headlines about moral values and a bid to make abortion an issue for the spring general election.
Fighting against racism in Britain
Interview with Jackie Grunsell, Green Left Weekly, 6 March 1997. One of our biggest campaigns has been the organisation of Youth Against Racism in Europe. The campaign took place in the context of a huge increase of racist attacks, and in London itself several racist murders took place, which inspired a mood of anti-racism amongst youth.
Women fight back: Southall Black sisters raise a fist
By Michelle Dunne, Third World Network, 8 June 1997. In Southall, London, a group of Asian women take the world in their own hands and find ways to tackle domestic violence, homelessness, immigration problems, police and racial harassment, health issues and concern about their children.
Students hit rising tuition
Workers World, 13 November 1997. On Nov. 1, students held rallies at 14 cities across Britain. Between 2,500 and 5,000 attended each rally. Simon Webber, national secretary of the National Union of Students, called the proposed tuition fees a time bomb sitting under the government.