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The 'big society' has become rhetorical window-dressing for an massive and unprecedented assault on the most vulnerable

We are all in it together. This is the message the government wants to give about austerity. Everyone has to shoulder a part of the load. Each of us must do our bit. We are the "big society", knitted together by a common project of national togetherness in the face of adversity.

This has become the familiar rhetorical window-dressing of a massive and unprecedented assault upon the most vulnerable people in our society. The big society is a lie. From later on this year, the sum total of a family's benefit entitlement will be capped at £500 a week.

For those who have larger families and are living in places like London, where rents are ridiculously high and rising steeply, this is not nearly enough to get by. Even without the cap on benefits, »

- Giles Fraser

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