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The TUC publishes regular expert analysis of the UK economy & our place in the world. Listed below are our most recent economics briefings and reports. 


Commenting on research published today (Sunday) by the Resolution Foundation that shows the proportion of employees in low-paid work has increased and now stands at just over five million people, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Last weekend 90,000 joined our march to call for a pay rise for workers...
26 October 2014
Seasons Playhouse — a youth theatre group — will be hosting a play and community discussion about low incomes in Liverpool, as young people see it. Using input of over 140 young people from around Merseyside, they have created a play called “Brass Razoo”, to be shown during Living Wage...
24 October 2014
Commenting on the latest GDP figures published today (Friday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s a tale of two economies – a few people at the top are thriving, but most workers’ wages are still in decline. “This kind of growth is...
24 October 2014
Responding to new analysis published today (Friday) by XpertHR, which forecasts that annual pay reviews will be below inflation for most private sector employees, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This looks like pay misery without end. “Britain needs, but is not getting, a pay rise. But without more spending...
24 October 2014
Commenting on the latest pathfinder evaluation for Universal Credit, published today (Wednesday) by the Department for Work and Pensions, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s very worrying that the Universal Credit pilots are putting claimants at greater risk of falling behind with their bills. “One of the big problems...
22 October 2014
Responding to Office for National Statistics data published today (Tuesday), showing the deficit growing because wages and income tax receipts are stagnating, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s time for George Osborne to admit he got his strategy wrong. Today’s figures show the deficit getting bigger as tax revenues...
21 October 2014
Commenting on today’s (Monday) report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission which warns that the UK’s poorest are being left behind, the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The report rightly highlights that in-work poverty is a significant and growing problem in the UK. It makes clear that...
20 October 2014
Responding to David Cameron’s plans to cut benefits and welfare for 18- to 21-year-olds announced today (Monday) TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Young people are already facing a historic living standards squeeze. But instead of dealing with these problems the PM wants to make life even tougher for those...
20 October 2014
Workers in the North East would be over £55 a week better off if real wage growth had remained at its pre-recession rate, according to new analysis published by the TUC. The analysis shows that even using the government’s preferred inflation measure (the consumer prices index), which excludes housing costs,...
20 October 2014
Tens of thousands of people from across the UK will come to London today (Saturday) to take part in Britain Needs a Pay Rise – the TUC-organised march and rally calling for an economic recovery for all, not just the wealthy. The march sets off from Embankment at approximately midday...
18 October 2014

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