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The TUC believes in full employment and work for all those who want it, but those who cannot work should get decent benefits that lift them out of poverty. Here is research and policy on welfare and work issues. You can find older material by using the search facilities.

Saving our Safety Net campaignSaving Our Safety Net is a campaign we will run through the coming months, highlighting the government’s welfare reforms that take away the safety net workers have been paying for through taxes and National Insurance Contributions. We’ll also be highlighting the cuts that take away benefits and tax credits that help workers and their families survive the misery of low pay.  

Universal Credit: Solving the problem of delay in benefit payments

Saving Our Safety Net is based on research into what workers believe about the benefit system and the ways they think it should change. This research has found that, although there is widespread concern that it can be too easy to abuse the social security system, workers still support the principle of paying in from their wages to make sure there is a safety net if they fall on hard times through no fault of their own. Download Universal Credit: Solving the problem of delay in benefit payments [PDF]

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
SERTUC was proud to visit the BMA picket line outside St Thomas’ hospital this morning to offer solidarity greetings and support to BMA members taking strike action to defend safety standards in the NHS.
12 January 2016
The extent to which our housing needs are met and we are able to live in a decent home is a crucial benchmark by which we judge the extent to which we really do live in a civilised society. The relationship between housing and life outcomes is both a complex...
21 December 2015
New figures published today (Friday) by the Office for National Statistics on UK household wealth paint a worrying picture of growing wealth inequality, says the TUC. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The government must reshape the economy to address the UK’s over-reliance on property and financial investments. Future growth...
18 December 2015
Commenting on the government’s announcement today (Wednesday) of cuts to support for rooftop solar energy – on the same day as the Met Office says 2016 will be the hottest on record – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It beggars belief that the government is cutting support for a...
17 December 2015
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
Commenting on a new report published today (Thursday) by debt charity Step Change on the extent of problem debt in the UK and its causes, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The government must do more to address the growing problem of job insecurity, which this report shows is one...
10 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
While the UK urgently needs to move towards a lower carbon economic model, in the past such periods of restructuring have too often left ordinary workers to bear the costs. This event set out the need for new industrial opportunities and skilled jobs to support a fairer shift, exploring the...
16 November 2015
Making the case for reforms to increase statutory redundancy pay and the amount that workers can receive tax-free.
06 November 2015