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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.

end child poverty logo3.8 million children live in poverty in the UK today, thats one in three children - a shocking figure given the wealth of our nation.

The campaign to End Child Poverty includes children's and other charities, social justice groups, faith-groups, trade unions, businesses and many others concerned about the unacceptably high levels of child poverty in the UK who are working together for change. Visit their website.

The average trade union member in the private sector earns £53 a week more than workers who are not members of unions. As there are some really big earners at the top of the private sector in industries such as finance, the union pay premium is even starker when measured...
21 April 2014
Probation under Threat Probation officers have a very important job which is often extremely challenging as they seek to rehabilitate people often lacking basic skills, perhaps damaged by drugs, alcohol or mental health problems; some with a history of violence. The national association of probation officers (NAPO) are a powerful,...
07 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
Benefits Advice for people affected by Cancer In conjunction with Macmillan Cancer Support we are offering this bite size briefing which will give an overview of the work being undertaken by the Northern TUC Asbestos Support and Campaign Group. The briefing will also give an insight into the benefit entitlements...
03 April 2014
In the April issue: Fair Pay Fortnight; Action for Rail; Organising Migrant Workers; Working Multiple Jobs; TUC response to BIS Zero Hours Consultations; Budget Submission; Political engagement; Health and Safety; Benefits advice for Cancer Sufferers and Carers; International
03 April 2014
According to new TUC analysis wage inequality has increased in the North East over the last 13 years. The research findings have been launched today to coincide with the beginning of the TUC’s first Fair Pay Fortnight which starts today and runs until Sunday 6 April. Read more...
24 March 2014
Welcoming the government’s announcement today (Tuesday) that working parents are to get a £2,000 a year childcare tax break, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The spiralling cost of childcare is such a huge expense for ordinary families that parents will be grateful of this extra help. It will ease...
18 March 2014
Saturday 8 March, 11.00am, York Join us this Saturday, when people from across the country will march in York, to tell the Liberal Democrats that there is a better way to grow our economy and protect our society than the coalition’s austerity policies . Speakers announced As the event takes...
04 March 2014
The TUC Young Workers Forum is organising a UK and Ireland Youth Unemployment Campaign Summit in Liverpool on March 28th as part of the first TUC Young Workers Month.
20 February 2014