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Commenting on today’s (Wednesday) spending review, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: 

Commenting on today’s (Wednesday) spending review, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: 


“For all the government’s talk of levelling up, this spending review will level down Britain, hitting key workers’ pay and breaking the government's promises to the lowest paid.  


“After a decade of standstill pay, yet another pay freeze is a kick in the teeth for the key workers in the public sector who kept the country going in this crisis.  


“And workers expecting a national minimum wage increase – not least the two million who are key workers – have been let down by the government’s decision to row back on the full rise they were promised.   


“If the chancellor wants to stop mass unemployment, the test will be how quickly today’s infrastructure announcements deliver enough good jobs in the parts of the country that need them most.  


“The TUC has shown that investing £85bn in green transport and infrastructure could create more than 1.2 million jobs in two years. And the chancellor should have acted to unlock the 600,000 existing gaps and vacancies in the public sector.”  


Frances added:  


“As unemployment rises, the UK’s safety net is still broken – and the chancellor did little to fix it.   


“He should have raised sick pay to at least the real Living Wage so that people can afford to self-isolate. He should have boosted universal credit. And he should have helped working families with a rise in child benefit and extra cash to keep nurseries open.”  

Editors note

- 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. 

- In their 2019 manifesto, the government committed to ensure that the national living wage will reach two-thirds of the median wage by 2024. Today's reduction in the rate of growth puts this target at risk.  

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