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New figures released today (Wednesday) by the Trussell Trust, which show that demand for food aid is still growing, are a sign of a weak economy for wages and damage to welfare, says the TUC. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This should make all of us ashamed, particularly those...
22 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
Commenting on the report Benefit Sanctions Policy Beyond the Oakley Review published today (Tuesday) by the Work and Pensions Committee, which calls for an urgent review of the sanctions regime and an independent commission to look at the deaths of sanctioned claimants, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Targets are...
24 March 2015
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
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

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