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Responding today (Tuesday) to the Oakley Review of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) sanctions, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “While this report identifies some important areas for improvement, its limited remit means the worst excesses of the current sanctions regime look set to remain in place.
22 July 2014
Most people who lose their jobs will soon have to wait five weeks before they get any cash help, according to small print in the Universal Credit rules uncovered by the TUC as it launches a new campaign today (Wednesday), Saving Our Safety Net. A YouGov poll reports opposition of...
16 July 2014
Commenting on the publication today (Tuesday) of a government-commissioned analysis of the bedroom tax, which shows that many affected tenants are being pushed into arrears, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
15 July 2014
Commenting on reports today (Friday) of delays to Personal Independence Payments and the rising cost of implementing the welfare cap, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
20 June 2014
The past four years have been tough for disabled people in Britain. Cuts have devastated the NHS, social care and mental health services. Welfare reforms have shattered incomes and lifelines and shameless propaganda about scroungers and spongers has fuelled prejudice, discrimination and hate. Sadly, this torrent of right-wing vitriol has...
02 June 2014
From this Autumn anyone who loses their job will receive £40 less as a result of government plans to make people wait for longer for any job support, according to a consultation published today (Friday) by the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) – an official body that advises the Department...
23 May 2014
In this paper, we ask if social mobility is going into reverse. What are the connections between social mobility and inequality? And what policies might help a recovery of social mobility? These answers are important, because stalled social mobility is at the heart of the modern battle of ideas.
13 May 2014
Many people now have jobs that offer little or no security. This can make it difficult to make ends meet and to pay basic household bills. This may be because you rely on an agency to provide you with work – and there’s no guarantee that they can find you...
14 April 2014
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
Years of real-terms cuts to child benefit, statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay will leave expectant and new parents up to £450 a year worse off – enough to buy a year’s supply of nappies, baby wipes and babygrows, the TUC says today (Friday), ahead of the annual increase in...
04 April 2014