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Commenting on today’s inflation figures (Wednesday), which show CPI rising to a decade high of 5.1% in October, TUC General Secretary Frances O‘Grady said:

“Households are facing the most difficult Christmas in nearly a decade. Many families will struggle to keep up with basic living costs, let alone Christmas celebrations. Fuel and electricity costs are soaring, and the Chancellor’s cut to universal credit could not have come at a worse time.

“We need an urgent plan from the government to get real wages rising. Trade unions should have greater access rights to workplaces to negotiate improved pay. The Chancellor must fully fund real pay rises for public sector workers. And the minimum wage should go up to £10 immediately.”

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