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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]

March and rally organised by Stand Up to Racism
25 February 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
The government is saddling businesses with higher than necessary energy bills through its failing energy efficiency strategy for the commercial sector, a new TUC report argues today (Friday). Efforts by government to boost commercial energy efficiency are not working, and end up costing UK businesses millions of pounds every year,...
13 February 2015
Unions in the South West have launched a workplace campaign to "sign up" the half a million people in the region who have not registered to vote in May's General Election. Tomorrow (Thursday) is National Voter Registration Day and the South West TUC is encouraging workplace reps to ensure their...
04 February 2015
The TUC has a number of materials that will help raise awareness of voter registration in workplaces. We have find posters and leaflets that you can download and print for use on noticeboards and streets stalls.
30 January 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
Over the past few months, trade unionists in the South West have been putting together a Vision for the region that aims to put working people and their communities at the heart of the debate around the future direction of the West Country. "The last few years have been hard...
27 January 2015
An ambitious roll-out of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology in Scotland would generate a large number of jobs and create a market worth £15-35bn by 2030, says the TUC and the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA).
27 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
The future of local authority services in England are under threat from a growing funding crisis, with significant cuts already being made to statutory adult care and children’s services, according to new analysis published today (Friday) by the TUC and the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES). The report Austerity...
16 January 2015