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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
Responding to the Prime Minister’s speech on welfare in Runcorn today (Monday) TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Today the government has smashed the myth that it is the party for blue-collar workers. Tax credits play a vital role in making sure the UK’s working families are better off in...
22 June 2015
The publication today (Tuesday) of analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) of tax and benefit proposals by the main parties shows how severe and painful the impacts will be of extreme Conservative cuts for low-paid families with children, says the TUC. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The...
28 April 2015
16 April 2015 New TUC-commissioned analysis published today (Thursday) of tax policies in the Conservative Party manifesto shows that the party has chosen to prioritise unfunded tax giveaways to the wealthy over support for the low-paid and middle earners. It shows that the big winners from unfunded tax cut proposals...
16 April 2015
Commenting on today’s (Tuesday) proposals on tax policy in the Conservative Party manifesto, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This is not a manifesto for minimum wage workers. Most already pay no income tax, but have been hit hard by higher VAT and tax credit cuts. And the Conservatives cannot...
14 April 2015
The majority of social security cuts announced by the government will fall on working families, who will suffer twice the level of benefit losses as out of work families, according to a new report published today (Friday) by the TUC.
22 August 2014
Pensioner families across the UK will suffer social security cuts worth £6.38bn a year by the time the government’s welfare reforms have taken full affect, the TUC warns today (Sunday) ahead of a new report on the impact of social security cuts published later this week.
17 August 2014
Most people who lose their jobs will soon have to wait five weeks before they get any cash help, according to small print in the Universal Credit rules uncovered by the TUC as it launches a new campaign today (Wednesday), Saving Our Safety Net. A YouGov poll reports opposition of...
16 July 2014

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