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Decent housing is a basic human need, but it is one where the UK continues to fail people in many ways. The TUC campaigns for more housing to be built in order to deal with the entrenched crisis. A crucial part of the campaign is the call for more social housing, including more local authority housing. The TUC also calls for more affordable mortgages and better services for owner-occupiers, and for better standards in the private rented sector. Another important strand of our work is to campaign to defend housing benefits, which are under attack by the Government.  

We are concerned that poor and overcrowded housing ruins people's life chances, increasing the risk that they will do badly in education and suffer from poor health. We have also become very worried that poor housing also undermines people’s ability to do well at work.

The pamphlet Can Housing Work for Workers? addresses that issue head-on, challenging commonly held beliefs around home ownership and arguing that our distorted approach to different types of tenure traps many in vulnerable work and unemployment.

Commenting on today’s (Tuesday) new house price data from the Office for National Statistics, which shows an annual increase of 9.6 per cent compared to just 2.2 per cent for wages, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “House prices are going up four times faster than people’s wages. No wonder...
19 May 2015
Responding to new Land Registry figures published today (Thursday) that show the volume of house sales has been falling sharply, with the January total 18 per cent lower than the previous year, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The need to put down high deposits, combined with a slow growth...
30 April 2015
With polls suggesting that next year’s general election is too close to call, the TUC is today (Thursday) publishing new analysis showing that there are over four million ‘missing votes’ from people under the age of 35. The analysis – launched during the TUC’s Young Workers’ Month – finds that...
27 November 2014
The housing experiences of young people across the UK – who have told the TUC and Generation Rent that they face unaffordable housing costs, insecurity of tenure and exploitation by private landlords – will be one of the topics debated today (Saturday) in London at the TUC’s Big Youth Debate...
15 November 2014
Only five areas remain in the North West where houses cost less than four times the average local salary, according to new analysis published today (Monday) by the TUC. It shows that homes in half the local authority areas across the region have become out of reach for local people...
02 September 2014
Commenting on the latest Household Below Average Income figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics – which show that between 2010/11 and 2012/13 the number of working age adults in absolute poverty increased by a million, and the number of children by half a million – TUC...
01 July 2014
South West TUC Regional Council discusses new immigration booklet: Truth, Lies and Migrants
22 January 2014
This TUC report 'Is Social Security Spending Really Out Of Control?' compares social security spending over the course of this parliament with the government’s original forecast in 2010, as well as taking a longer term look at welfare spending over the last three decades.
05 December 2013
In June 2013 the TUC embarked on a nationwide tour to hear how government cuts had impacted on real people's lives; gathering the evidence to convict government policies... This video shares some of the stories and experiences we heard on our travels and if one things clear it's that austerity...
04 December 2013
Frances O'Grady's speech at the Bevan Society annual lecture in London on 27 November 2013
28 November 2013