Last week the Chancellor failed to deliver the bold action we need on living standards in his Autumn Statement. While growth appears to be getting better, pay is getting worse. Wages in our region have fallen by around £2000 in real terms since 2010.
Commenting on the announcement from the Department of Work and Pensions today (Thursday) that there is to be a yet another delay to the introduction of Universal Credit, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
This TUC report 'Is Social Security Spending Really Out Of Control?' compares social security spending over the course of this parliament with the government’s original forecast in 2010, as well as taking a longer term look at welfare spending over the last three decades.
The rising number of working people living in poverty is causing the government to spend billions more than planned on social security, according to a new TUC report published ahead of the autumn statement later today (Thursday).
In June 2013 the TUC embarked on a nationwide tour to hear how government cuts had impacted on real people's lives; gathering the evidence to convict government policies... This video shares some of the stories and experiences we heard on our travels and if one things clear it's that austerity...