• December 5, 2013

    The rising number of working people living in poverty is causing the government to spend billions more than planned on social security, says the TUC.

  • November 7, 2013

    UK ministers and their allies are fond of talking about the need to reduce the welfare bill. They give the impression that the welfare bill goes to feckless scroungers, but almost never mention any statistics about who is actually claiming the money.

  • September 30, 2013

    Rules to be introduced next month risk turning England into a ‘knife-edge nation’, where losing your job brings the immediate risk of losing your home, Shelter warns.

  • September 13, 2013

    With his boast of a recovering economy and rising disposable income, George Osborne seems to many people to be living in a different world to the one they inhabit. The feel good factor apparently being detected in Westminster is completely absent for the vast majority of the population, particularly outside of South East England. Perhaps it’s not surprising, as many official statistics seem increasingly removed from the real experience of the majority of the population

  • September 10, 2013

    The latest British Social Attitudes Report suggests that sympathy for those without jobs has increased and support for benefit cuts has fallen.

  • September 8, 2013

    Total unemployment in the UK is currently 4.78 million, close to double the headline unemployment figure, says new TUC analysis.

  • August 7, 2013

    If anyone’s looking round for a symbol of modern capitalism, I can think of nothing better to suggest than self-service checkout machines.

  • August 5, 2013
  • August 5, 2013

    The following advertisement recently appeared in my local newspaper. ‘Female carer required to support client with all aspects of personal care in own home. Five calls a day between 7am and 10pm over 7days. Driver preferred. £6.75 an hour, 16-20 hours a week.’

  • July 17, 2013

    An ITUC survey shows a majority of the UK electorate feel ministers prioritise business interests over workers' rights and have failed to tackle unemployment and tax avoidance.