Poverty / Social Exclusion

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
This week (3-9 November) is Living Wage Week, where a range of activities and events will take place throughout the UK to highlight the need for a living wage and celebrate living wage employers. As part of its contribution, the Northern TUC is holding the Northern Living Wage Summit on...
06 November 2013
A bold rise in the national minimum wage (NMW) is needed next year to ease the living standards squeeze on the lowest paid workers, the TUC has warned today (Wednesday) in its submission to the Low Pay Commission (LPC).
06 November 2013
Businesses and trade unions in the West have today signed a groundbreaking agreement in support of paying the Living Wages to employees in Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and Swindon. TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady and Phil Smith, Managing Director of Business West, put their names to a joint declaration urging employers...
05 November 2013
The TUC has today (Monday) welcomed the increase in the living wage rates but warned that too few large employers have committed to paying it despite an £83bn increase in their cash reserves over the last five years.
04 November 2013
Commenting on the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission’s first annual ‘State of the Nation’ report published today (Thursday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
17 October 2013
Commenting on figures published today (Wednesday) by the Trussell Trust, which reveal that three times more people used foodbanks between April and September 2013 compared to the same period the year before, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s shocking that three times more people are using foodbanks than 12...
16 October 2013
More than 70 people gathered at County Hall in Durham on the morning of Saturday 21st September to discuss collectively what unions, medical professionals, service users and MPs can do to defend the NHS from increasing privatisation and fragmentation. The meeting heard from a variety of speakers including Joanna Adams...
26 September 2013
Commenting today (Friday) on news that the Labour Party will scrap the bedroom tax and shares for rights scheme if elected to power, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:
20 September 2013