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Commenting on the report Time to Rethink Sanctions published today (Monday) by major UK churches and revealing that almost 100,000 children have been affected by benefit sanctions, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Something has gone badly wrong when 100,000 children are innocent victims of benefit sanctions. Under this government...
02 March 2015
Only one week to go - register now! This conference aims to bring together trade unionists, TUC unemployed workers centre staff and users and welfare campaign activists- to challenge the consensus narrative on Welfare and develop the agenda for a fight-back.
20 February 2015
This conference takes place on Friday, 27th February at Congress House. The conference, called by the TUC National Unemployed Workers Centres Consultative Committee, aims to bring together trade unionists and the TUC unemployed workers centres - to challenge the consensus narrative on Welfare and develop the agenda for a fight-back...
29 January 2015
Responding to research that shows over 100 people a day with a mental health condition are having their benefits stopped as a sanction, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “These sanctions show a government that is more interested in punishing vulnerable people than supporting them in their attempts to find...
20 January 2015
Over 250,000 people are set to spend their second successive Christmas on the dole, according to TUC research published today (Monday). The actual number of people spending their second successive Christmas out of work is even higher. The 250,000 figure includes only those who are claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA). But...
22 December 2014
Responding to the report published today (Monday) by the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Child Poverty, the TUC is warning that new rules forcing benefit claimants to wait at least five weeks before they receive any cash will see a much greater use of food banks.
08 December 2014
Commenting on new analysis published today (Monday) by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, which shows that government cuts to social security have not achieved intended savings, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “As the bedroom tax shows, government welfare policies have always been about cuts rather than providing a proper...
17 November 2014
Responding to the publication today (Thursday) of a Public Accounts Committee report that is critical of the performance of Work Programme private contractors and their use of sanctions, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Once again the Public Accounts Committee has exposed private contractors for broken promises and poor performance...
06 November 2014
Commenting on reports today (Thursday) that the government has considered cutting Employment and Support Allowance by almost £30 per week, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This is a scheme workers pay into from their earnings every month as insurance against serious illness or disability. Cutting it would mean plundering...
30 October 2014
Commenting on the latest pathfinder evaluation for Universal Credit, published today (Wednesday) by the Department for Work and Pensions, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It’s very worrying that the Universal Credit pilots are putting claimants at greater risk of falling behind with their bills. “One of the big problems...
22 October 2014

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