• 2 Jan 2013

    It is unfair that jobless benefits have risen far faster than salaries, claimed UK welfare secretary Iain Duncan Smith. But his efforts to justify a further onslaught on the living standards of unemployed people are unconvincing.

  • 22 Dec 2012

    Over 400,000 people are set to spend their second successive Christmas on the dole according to new research published by the Trades Union Congress.

  • 21 Dec 2012

    British state plans to force unemployed people to look for work online and monitor them while they do so have been widely condemned. Privacy will be invaded, crime boosted and poor and disabled people victimised.

  • 28 Nov 2012

    The extent of in-work poverty in Britain has been graphically exposed in a new Joseph Rowntree Foundation report published this week.

  • 17 Oct 2012

    Young black men have experienced the sharpest rise in unemployment since the coalition came to power, according to a TUC report on youth unemployment.

  • 16 Oct 2012

    Long-term youth unemployment in England has increased by 23 per cent since the government came to power in May 2010, according to the TUC

  • 11 Oct 2012

    The government wants “To set our country back on the path to prosperity that all can share in” and “mend a broken society”, claimed UK Prime Minister David Cameron at the Conservative Party conference on 10 October. Despite national policies inflicting deepening misery on the poorest in society, and promises by his ministers of more of the same, he was seeking to portray his leadership as compassionate and inclusive.

  • 2 Sep 2012

    Disability and poor health are preventing some 500,000 people approaching retirement age from working, according to Trades Union Congress analysis.

  • 16 Aug 2012

    As students anxiously await 'A'-Level exam results this week, concerns continue about economic prospects in austerity-driven Britain.

  • 15 Aug 2012

    A term often featured in discussions around the state of the economy is ‘economically inactive’.

    This rather dismissive term is used to refer to people who are neither employed nor actively seeking employment. They may be raising children, studying, caring for a sick relative, or just generally making the world a better place in their own unique way, but if they’re not a cog in the economic machine, they count for very little in the minds of many politicians and economists.