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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]

Held Back By Debt, a new report published today (Monday) by the debt charity Step Change, highlights the high risk of problem debt for families reliant on zero-hours jobs, fixed-term jobs and self-employment, says the TUC. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The growth of household debt not only threatens...
28 September 2015
Damaging low carbon investment: the TUC's submission to the Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry, Promoting sustainable development (August 2015), said that the government has announced 11 Treasury-led green policy reversals that drew widespread criticism from industry - motor manufacture, construction, energy project developers, the renewable energy sector, energy efficiency installers -...
22 September 2015
The number of households with problem debt has increased by 700,000 (28 per cent) since 2012, according to new TUC and UNISON-commissioned research published today (Tuesday). The report, Britain in the Red, shows that in 2014 one in eight households (3.2 million) were over-indebted compared to one in ten (2.5 million) in 2012.
08 September 2015
New research published today (Monday) by the TUC shows that the poorest working households will lose on average £460 a year by 2020 due to government changes to tax and benefits, despite the Chancellor’s minimum wage increase. However, the richest working households will be made £670 a year better off.
07 September 2015
The right to strike is under threat. Frances O'Grady explains why in this short video. ​TRADE UNIONS BILL: UNFAIR, UNNECESSARY AND UNDEMOCRATIC We will oppose these draconian proposals. Our country has a proud tradition of liberty and democracy – and trade unions are central to that. Read the full blog
20 August 2015
Commenting on reports today (Tuesday) that the government is considering a four-year ban on tax credit qualification for new migrants that would not only affect migrants, but also young working families, care leavers and disabled people, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Young working families should not have their support...
11 August 2015
The government’s Trade Union Bill wants to empower “A Minister of the Crown” to cap the time and resources available to union reps in the public and private sectors sector to represent their members effectively. Yet growing awareness of the impacts of climate change on our daily lives has spurred...
04 August 2015
Are you struggling to pay your bills due to irregular hours and low pay? Are you finding it hard to get affordable childcare? Have you experienced discrimination in the workplace? The TUC want to hear from people who have jobs with these kinds of problems. This is to help us...
03 August 2015
A TUC briefing on the Bill that effectively aims to abolish the Child Poverty Act.
31 July 2015
The Wales TUC written responses to consultations are available from this section If you would like to find out more about any of these responses, or other consultations that may not be listed here, please contact the Wales TUC by emailing [email protected] or calling 02920 347010
28 July 2015