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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]


Responding to reports today (Tuesday) that the government is considering an extension of Sunday opening hours for large retailers, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Turning Sunday into another Saturday for major retailers would take precious family time away from shop workers. There is no pressure for this from shoppers...
07 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 (Sunday), and commissioned by the TUC from Landman Economics, finds that middle-income families with children face the biggest cash-equivalent losses from services cuts. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: This analysis shows how middle-income families are being hit much harder than those at the top. After...
05 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
The announcement today (Wednesday) by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith that current targets and duties in the Child Poverty Act will be scrapped is a u-turn from the Prime Minister’s previous commitments, says the TUC. In response to today’s announcement, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “This announcement...
01 July 2015
Commenting on research published today (Wednesday) by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) – which shows that the gap between the income of many families and the cost of a decent standard of living is still much wider than before the recession – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
01 July 2015
The government’s decision to freeze child benefit until 2018 will cost the UK’s 3.9 million households with two or more children who claim the benefit more than £2,000 by the next election – regardless of any further cuts still to be announced in the Budget – a TUC report reveals today (Monday).
29 June 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
Changes made by the 2010 – 15 government eroded the value of Child Benefit and changes already announced by the new government will erode it further over the next five years. This report shows that, as a result, by the time of the next election a family with two children...
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

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