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The TUC believes in full employment and work for all those who want it, but those who cannot work should get decent benefits that lift them out of poverty. Here is research and policy on welfare and work issues. You can find older material by using the search facilities.

Saving our Safety Net campaignSaving Our Safety Net is a campaign we will run through the coming months, highlighting the government’s welfare reforms that take away the safety net workers have been paying for through taxes and National Insurance Contributions. We’ll also be highlighting the cuts that take away benefits and tax credits that help workers and their families survive the misery of low pay.  

Universal Credit: Solving the problem of delay in benefit payments

Saving Our Safety Net is based on research into what workers believe about the benefit system and the ways they think it should change. This research has found that, although there is widespread concern that it can be too easy to abuse the social security system, workers still support the principle of paying in from their wages to make sure there is a safety net if they fall on hard times through no fault of their own. Download Universal Credit: Solving the problem of delay in benefit payments [PDF]


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
Responding to today’s (Wednesday) report Remember the Young Ones on youth unemployment published by the Institute for Public Policy Research the TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “While youth unemployment is now finally starting to fall there are still over 160,000 more young people out of work than was the...
13 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
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 Wales, with over 15,000 newly unemployed people set to be hit each month. Currently most workers who lose their job have to wait two...
06 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
Neil Foster's column in The Journal, 4th August 2014.
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

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