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Commenting on details emerging today (Tuesday) of the EU renegotiation deal sought by the Prime Minister, which includes proposals to allow the UK to restrict in-work benefits for migrants, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister is still missing the point. Tinkering with benefits for poorly-paid migrant workers...
02 February 2016
Ahead of the Prime Minister’s presentation to EU leaders today (Thursday) of his proposals for reform ahead of the UK referendum on EU membership, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The Prime Minister’s proposal to stop in-work benefits for EU citizens working in the UK is putting the cart before...
17 December 2015
New analysis published last week by the TUC reveals that the Chancellor’s tax credit cuts will hit the North East harder than London and the South. The TUC analysis shows that more than nine in ten (92%) working tax credit households in the region will be worse off as a...
23 November 2015
Commenting on the latest GDP figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics, which show the rate of GDP growth slowing to 0.5 per cent, and manufacturing declining by 0.3 per cent, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We need better balanced growth that delivers secure opportunities for...
27 October 2015
Commenting on the debate and vote expected this evening (Monday) in the House of Lords on the government’s plans to cut tax credits, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The government should come clean about the devastating impact these cuts will have on the incomes of millions of working families.
26 October 2015
New research commissioned by the TUC, and published today (Wednesday), shows that the Prime Minister is wrong to claim that low-paid workers will be compensated for tax credit cuts by changes to the minimum wage and tax allowances. The analysis, which uses the IPPR tax-benefit model, focuses on changes announced...
21 October 2015
The Government is set to carry out £12bn worth of benefits cuts which it will detail at its next budget. Tax credits is predicted to be one of the areas where the axe will fall heaviest. Around 3.3 million households were classed as workless between April and June this year,...
12 October 2015
New figures published today (Tuesday) by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on the reduction in workless households since 1996 are evidence of the success of tax credits, says the TUC. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The proportion of children in workless households has almost halved since 1996. It...
06 October 2015
Responding to the speech today (Monday) by George Osborne at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, in which he reiterated his commitment to cutting tax credits for low-paid workers, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The government's cuts to tax credits are an astonishing attack on working people. They are...
05 October 2015
Held Back By Debt, a new report published today (Monday) by the debt charity Step Change, highlights the high risk of problem debt for families reliant on zero-hours jobs, fixed-term jobs and self-employment, says the TUC. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The growth of household debt not only threatens...
28 September 2015

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