low pay

  • November 16, 2012

    In seeking once again to blame the poor for poverty, UK work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has implied that several children of members of the royal family may be poorer than many living on the breadline with parents earning the minimum wage.

  • October 31, 2012

    Low-paid workers are far less likely to have a workplace pension, and those that do have far lower employer contribution rates, according to a new TUC report.

  • October 12, 2012

    Over half a million low-paid workers could lose thousands of pounds in employer pension contributions if ministers raise the earnings trigger for auto-enrollment.

  • June 28, 2012

    “Money pads the edges of things” says Helen Schlegel, a character in EM Forster's Howards End. And where there is no padding, those edges can be very sharp indeed.

  • January 17, 2012

    The government claims that its determined attempts to cut the living standards of the poor are necessary to cut public spending. Many have pointed out that the Welfare Reform Bill and other changes have immediate and long-term costs attached, so will not save nearly as much as is claimed. The rationale for harsh new measures looks even flimsier since it has emerged that the government is shelling out public money to take paid work away from the poor.

  • December 13, 2011

    If they become unemployed, low-paid workers are most likely to be on the dole for more than six months, according to a new TUC analysis.