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The TUC publishes regular expert analysis of the UK economy and our place in the world. Listed below are our most recent economics briefings and reports. 


Commenting on the publication today (Thursday) of the final Retirement income market study report from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), which warns that the government’s pensions reforms may expose savers to risks, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This report confirms that the annuities market worked badly for many savers...
26 March 2015
Responding to today’s (Thursday) announcement on the future of the UK Coal mines, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Immediate help for UK Coal workers and their families is welcome, but this announcement doesn’t resolve the long-term problems facing the UK coal industry, in terms of both job and energy...
26 March 2015
Responding to a new study of self-employment published today (Thursday) by the RSA, which says more protection for the living standards of the self-employed is needed, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This welcome study shows that self-employment can be a very tough way to make a living, with lower...
26 March 2015
The DWP’s harsh benefit sanctions regime has pushed Jobcentres towards a culture of harassment, not help. Changes under Iain Duncan Smith have meant a surge in the use of financial sanctions for benefit claimants. The financial sanctions are much harsher too, lasting a minimum of four weeks and can be...
25 March 2015
Commenting on the latest inflation figures published today (Tuesday), which show Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation now at zero per cent, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Zero inflation is a reminder of how fragile the economy remains. Stagnating prices are not a sound foundation for the strong and sustained...
24 March 2015
Commenting on the naming and shaming today (Tuesday) by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills of employers who have cheated staff out of the minimum wage, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s great to see more cheapskate bosses brought to justice for not paying the minimum wage. It’s...
24 March 2015
This week’s budget was ‘the world according to George’. The Chancellor’s Britain, where happy people skip to their secure jobs to celebrate their rising living standards, is not one that many will recognise. But it’s what he did not say that is most significant. He did not spell out where,...
23 March 2015
Commenting on the publication today (Monday) of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report Best Foot Forward, which contains its recommendations for the first 100 days of the next government, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Businesses and trade unions agree on the need to increase capital spending as a...
23 March 2015
Commenting on the publication today (Friday) by the Office for National Statistics of the latest public sector borrowing figures, which suggest the deficit will be nearly three times larger than the Chancellor’s original target for this year, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “With gobsmacking audacity, the Chancellor claimed this...
20 March 2015
Commenting on the publication today (Friday) of the latest data from pay analysts at XpertHR, which suggests talk of decent wage growth is premature, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Most workers are still not getting a fair share from the recovery, and these figures suggest that decent wage growth...
20 March 2015

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