Poverty / Social Exclusion

New research published today (Saturday) by the TUC and Child Poverty Action Group finds that much bigger reductions to child poverty could be achieved by channelling support through Universal Credit instead of raising the income tax threshold. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The government is right to think about...
04 July 2015
The announcement today (Wednesday) by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith that current targets and duties in the Child Poverty Act will be scrapped is a u-turn from the Prime Minister’s previous commitments, says the TUC. In response to today’s announcement, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This announcement...
01 July 2015
Commenting on research published today (Wednesday) by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) – which shows that the gap between the income of many families and the cost of a decent standard of living is still much wider than before the recession – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
01 July 2015
The government’s decision to freeze child benefit until 2018 will cost the UK’s 3.9 million households with two or more children who claim the benefit more than £2,000 by the next election – regardless of any further cuts still to be announced in the Budget – a TUC report reveals today (Monday).
29 June 2015
Commenting on new figures released today (Monday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – which show that the tax system hits the poorest harder than the wealthiest, but that tax credits are making an important difference reducing inequality – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “There can be no...
29 June 2015
Responding to comments made today (Thursday) by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith that he ‘welcomes food banks’, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s small wonder that Iain Duncan Smith is a fan of food banks – his polices are keeping them in business.
25 June 2015
Commenting on the latest Household Below Average Income data published today (Thursday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which show that absolute poverty rates for adults and children are still above their pre-recession level, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Despite the headline employment rate returning to its pre-recession...
25 June 2015
Our Lives is a report on modern British poverty which shows that people coping with poverty are nothing like the stereotypes relied on by politicians and TV programmes.
18 June 2015
Commenting on the government’s announcement today (Thursday) that it will ignore its expert advisory body the Social Security Advisory Committee and make all Universal Credit claimants wait seven days before they are entitled to any help with their housing, childcare or living costs, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The...
11 June 2015
Responding to the Queen’s Speech today (Wednesday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Working people will be worried by a Queen’s Speech that declares open season on so many of their rights and protections.
27 May 2015

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