Commenting on the news today (Friday) that the UK Statistics Authority has rebuked the Department for Work and Pensions for “serious deficiencies” in its handling of worklessness data, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:
Nearly two thirds of the £15.9 billion of welfare and benefit cuts announced in the emergency budget and spending review will hit working families, undermining government claims that they are ‘making work pay', the TUC reveals today (Monday).
Plans to increase child tax credit by £30 a year in 2011/12 will be dwarfed by childcare cuts of up to £30 a week – or £1,560 a year – according to plans announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) today (Tuesday), says the TUC.
New TUC analysis published today (Monday) of the Government's proposed 10 per cent housing benefit cut for adults who have been claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) for more than 12 months, reveals that at least 194,000 unemployed adults will lose nearly £500 a year if the cut is introduced.
TUC analysis of official Government statistics released today (Tuesday) shows that more than one in three (39 per cent) unemployed young people aged 16-24 have now been out of work for more than six months.
Responding to the Government's welfare reform white paper announced today (Wednesday) TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “At a time of rapidly rising unemployment the Government needs to stop talking as if every benefit claimant is a potential scrounger. People losing their jobs need practical help as quickly as possible...
The TUC will challenge the media to stop discriminating against people on low incomes by portraying them as ‘scroungers' and ‘benefits cheats', at the TUC's annual poverty conference in London today (Friday).
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber will today (Saturday) call on the Government to end poverty wages and pledge an extra £3 billion in benefits and tax credits to help millions of families out of poverty.