Poverty / Social Exclusion

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This page deals with poverty in the UK. Union and their members have always been concerned about poverty - William Beveridge called the TUC “the godfathers of the Beveridge report”.

Before the welfare state, many unions ran welfare services that were often the only place working people could turn to in times of need. Our experience of the problems with these services – unions simply weren’t big enough or rich enough to meet the standards we set for ourselves - meant that we became one of the main forces for the creation of social security. After Beveridge, unions negotiated strong occupational pension schemes that have helped this country to reduce the number of pensioners in poverty. Union members have been leaders in campaigns to defend the welfare state and have supported charities and voluntary organisations that have filled the gaps where the welfare state is patchy.

Here there are links to facts and arguments for trade unionists interested in or campaigning against poverty

New research published today (Saturday) shows that the number of households affected by the bedroom tax has fallen by just 15 per cent during the last year, with nearly six out of seven affected households unable to avoid a cut in rent support.
05 April 2014
Can you help us campaign for fair pay and better rights at work by telling us your own stories and sharing your experiences?
04 February 2014
South West TUC Regional Council discusses new immigration booklet: Truth, Lies and Migrants
22 January 2014
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.
05 December 2013
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...
04 December 2013
This week (3-9 November) is Living Wage Week, where a range of activities and events will take place throughout the UK to highlight the need for a living wage and celebrate living wage employers. As part of its contribution, the Northern TUC is holding the Northern Living Wage Summit on...
06 November 2013
A bold rise in the national minimum wage (NMW) is needed next year to ease the living standards squeeze on the lowest paid workers, the TUC has warned today (Wednesday) in its submission to the Low Pay Commission (LPC).
06 November 2013
Businesses and trade unions in the West have today signed a groundbreaking agreement in support of paying the Living Wages to employees in Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and Swindon. TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady and Phil Smith, Managing Director of Business West, put their names to a joint declaration urging employers...
05 November 2013
The TUC has today (Monday) welcomed the increase in the living wage rates but warned that too few large employers have committed to paying it despite an £83bn increase in their cash reserves over the last five years.
04 November 2013
Commenting on the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s first annual ‘State of the Nation’ report published today (Thursday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
17 October 2013