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Commenting on reports today (Tuesday) that the government is considering a four-year ban on tax credit qualification for new migrants that would not only affect migrants, but also young working families, care leavers and disabled people, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Young working families should not have their support...
11 August 2015
A TUC briefing on the Bill that effectively aims to abolish the Child Poverty Act.
31 July 2015
Commenting on the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, which receives its Second Reading in the House of Commons today (Monday), TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The government has finally listened to trade unions that wages should be higher. But that doesn’t justify the cruel and unnecessary cuts to tax...
20 July 2015
Commenting on the Summer Budget analysis published today (Thursday) by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which confirms that the Budget is highly regressive, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “A higher minimum wage will bring gains for some, but for many working families the Budget is a wolf in sheep’s...
09 July 2015
"Reforms to Universal Credit" is a new report, published by the TUC and the Child Poverty Action Group, showing that far more child could be lifted out of poverty by enhancing Universal Credit instead of raising the income tax threshold - and at a fraction of the cost. The report,...
06 July 2015
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
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

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