Poverty / Social Exclusion

Commenting on Paul Blomfield's High Cost Credit Bill which gets its Second Reading in Parliament today (Friday), TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:
12 July 2013
This weekend the English Defence League once again descended on Newcastle, met with a very robust anti-racist protest. Sensible people will be disturbed, disappointed and, to some degree, appalled by the sight of this internal, domestic conflict in the high profile, internationalist and popular city. For several years Newcastle has...
29 May 2013
Over 500 people joined the Middlesbrough March for the Alternative on Saturday 27 April, to protest against the government's failed economic austerity measures and the disproportionate impact on Teesside and the North East. Organised by the Tees Valley Public Services Alliance, the well-supported event drew attention to the 43,000 public...
30 April 2013
Responding to the latest Department for Work and Pensions statistics published today (Wednesday) on the duration of working-age benefits, TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said:
24 April 2013
This Sunday (24th February) will see the regional Sharkstoppers campaign begin in earnest with a high profile event at Grey's Monument in Newcastle. Concerned local people from a range of organisations including the TUC, trade unions, the Citizens Advice Bureau, Credit Unions, advice agencies and Housing Associations will be gathering...
21 February 2013
A rapidly escalating consequence of the dire economic and impoverished situation many people in the north east find themselves in is the abhorrent exploitation of finance providers such as payday loans, legal loan sharks and credit organisations providing domestic goods. Many very low-paid and unemployed workers are faced with the...
03 December 2012
New environments can create new language. In the government-led assault on welfare benefits ‘scroungerphobia' is gaining traction; otherwise sensible people developing a genuine disdain for all benefit recipients, an attitude which fails to appreciate facts, is dependent upon believing myths and one which is profoundly regressive and ultimately destructive for...
19 November 2012
Responding to today's (Thursday) speech on child poverty by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, the TUC has accused the government of ignoring the facts behind the problem.
15 November 2012
There's no credible evidence to support the claim that members new to the government following last week's reshuffle were issued with protective helmets when they received their brief, but it does seem that there is a constant barrage of criticism for a government that appears to be failing in ensuring...
10 September 2012
There is quite clear evidence that the less well off people are, the more they depend on public services. People from the least well off families are likely to endure the worst health outcomes, disadvantaged in this area even before birth as impoverished mothers are much more likely to give...
06 September 2012

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