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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
New analysis published today (Thursday) by the TUC shows that the majority of claimants who will be hit by the government’s new five-week wait welfare reform are short-term claimants who only claim the benefit for a few weeks.
07 August 2014
New research published today (Thursday) by the TUC reveals the future impact of a controversial new welfare reform – the five-week wait – on workers in North West England, with 39,000 newly unemployed people set to be hit each month. Currently most workers who lose their job have to wait...
07 August 2014
Saving Our Safety Net is campaign launched by the TUC which highlight how government welfare reforms are undermining safety net protection for working people. People who lose their jobs will be forced to wait more than five weeks before they get any help from the government. The five-week wait will...
04 August 2014
Children England, along with many of their member organisations, and the TUC have published a new joint agreement on the future of children’s services commissioning. The agreement – Declaration of Interdependence in Children’s Services – has been reached following concerns that the government’s narrow market-led approach to provision is having...
28 July 2014
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

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