Commenting on a report published today (Wednesday) by the End Child Poverty coalition, which maps out the local impacts of national increases in child poverty, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
“Child poverty has been pushed up by cuts to support for families, and by falling real wages for nurses, teachers and our other amazing frontline workers. Now the coronavirus outbreak risks plunging many more children into poverty.
“We need the right economic plan for recovery. The government must get wages rising again and provide a proper safety net to keep all children out of poverty.”
- The TUC will today (Wednesday) publish its plan for economic recovery after the coronavirus crisis. For more information please visit: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcrceyvqDktEtclFw6YZ8SysYBTJF2Il6id
- Last month the TUC called for ministers to urgently raise the basic level of Universal Credit for the duration of the outbreak to 80% of the real living wage wage – or £260 a week: www.tuc.org.uk/news/tuc-calls-emergency-boost-universal-credit-help-people-through-coronavirus-outbreak
- For more information about the End Child Poverty coalition please visit: www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/
- The Trades Union Congress (TUC) exists to make the working world a better place for everyone. We bring together more than 5.5 million working people who make up our 48 member unions. We support unions to grow and thrive, and we stand up for everyone who works for a living.
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