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Past articles by Natalie:

Confusion and blame as COVID-struck sandwich factory calls workers back in

Union says situation is “crazy" as workers report "just four or five days into their self-isolation period... they are already returning to work”. → Read More

'A perfect storm': Food banks face uncertainty as coronavirus crisis deepens

Coronavirus is forcing food bank closure, just as their services are needed the most. → Read More

The new border guards: MP tip-offs to the Home Office escalate

Shocking increase in MPs shopping migrants to the Home Office, despite alarm about a potential breach of trust. → Read More

Hostile Environment: Hundreds of Commonwealth nationals evicted under anti-migrant 'right to rent' rule

Figures obtained by reveal that almost 300 Commonwealth nationals have been evicted from their homes under the government's controversial 'right to rent' rules, raising concerns that members of the Windrush generation could have been affected. → Read More

Christmas at a foodbank: How austerity-hit Britain celebrated the holidays

Away from the eyes of broadcasters, a very different kind of Christmas took place for the victims of the government's austerity-drive. → Read More

Front line: Universal Credit rollout hits Northampton

Eyewitness reports from a local foodbank in Northampon as Universal Credit rolls outs → Read More

Culture of fear: NHS migrant charges risking health of pregnant women

NHS charges for immigrants passed by Theresa May are putting women in danger, according to a new report → Read More

Govt homelessness drive unravels within hours

Some of the money intended to eradicate homelessness was already announced, some of it was coming from other spending areas → Read More

Week in Review: The pain of austerity continues

The impact of the Conservatives’ austerity measures is still being painfully felt across the country → Read More

Hostile environment: Government ignored warnings from Public Health England on migrant health charges

The Department of Health was informed by Public Health England that the new NHS charging rules for migrants could lead to an increase in transmission of HIV, tubercolosis, STIs and Viral Hepatitis, but approved them regardless. → Read More

Windrush Kids: No justice & no peace in immigration debate

Caribbean immigrants to the UK in the 50s and 60s are suddenly being asked to prove their right to be here, exposing failings of the Home Office and Theresa May's government current hostile environment policies that seem to turn doctors, landlords and employers into border guards. → Read More

DWP wins legal case to block future benefit appeals

Government wins legal case which could have major implications for people fighting the DWP. → Read More

Daily Mail's migrant cleaners preparing to strike for better pay

The cleaners are demanding the recommended London Living Wage → Read More

DWP goes back to court to block future benefit appeals

The case could have major implications for welfare appeals → Read More

MPs call for review into May's 'hostile environment' for migrants

Concerns raised that government policies are deterring people from reporting crime or seeking medical advice → Read More

Chaos in Northamptonshire: Tory party infighting and a council on the verge of collapse

While the Westminster bubble obsessed over Haringey this Tory council descended into chaos → Read More

Week in review: Homelessness won't be solved by hiding it from sight

Hounding rough sleepers out of city centres won't solve the problem → Read More

Home Office faces legal challenges over 'right to rent' migrant policy

Two cases are being brought against the Home Office → Read More

Health select committee calls for immediate stop to NHS data sharing with the Home Office

Chair of the committee urges NHS Digital to halt sharing of data → Read More

The Haringey row is about so much more than Labour in-fighting

This isn't a Momentum coup - it's social housing tenants fighting back → Read More