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Commenting on new analysis published today (Monday) by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which shows that government cuts to social security have not achieved intended savings, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “As the bedroom tax shows, government welfare policies have always been about cuts rather than providing a proper...
17 November 2014
Responding to the publication today (Thursday) of a Public Accounts Committee report that is critical of the performance of Work Programme private contractors and their use of sanctions, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Once again the Public Accounts Committee has exposed private contractors for broken promises and poor performance...
06 November 2014
Making Work Pay? What role can the welfare state play in raising living standards? A half-day free conference to be held at Congress House at 1.30-4.30pm on 8th December. Lunch available from 12.30 and the conference will be followed by a drinks reception.
31 October 2014
Commenting on reports today (Thursday) that the government has considered cutting Employment and Support Allowance by almost £30 per week, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This is a scheme workers pay into from their earnings every month as insurance against serious illness or disability. Cutting it would mean plundering...
30 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
Commenting on new proposals today (Monday) for a two-year freeze of working age benefits announced by George Osborne at the Conservative Party Conference, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “In today’s low-pay Britain, in-work benefits are a lifeline for millions of families. Working families have already been hit by three-quarters...
29 September 2014
The government has today (Thursday) rejected recommendations by its expert advisers to exempt vulnerable claimants, including disabled people, from a new seven day waiting period for benefits. In its response to the Social Security Advisory Committee the government agreed that the financial situation of new disabled claimants tends to be...
04 September 2014
The majority of social security cuts announced by the government will fall on working families, who will suffer twice the level of benefit losses as out of work families, according to a new report published today (Friday) by the TUC.
22 August 2014
Pensioner families across the UK will suffer social security cuts worth £6.38bn a year by the time the government’s welfare reforms have taken full affect, the TUC warns today (Sunday) ahead of a new report on the impact of social security cuts published later this week.
17 August 2014
New research published last week by the TUC reveals the future impact and scale of a controversial new welfare reform – the five-week wait – on workers in the North East, with 16,113 newly unemployed people set to be hit each month. Currently, most workers who lose their job have...
11 August 2014

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