From the TUC

Evidence shows legal aid reforms led to huge rise in self-representation and increased costs to the taxpayer

Philip Hadley

23 Apr 2015, by in Public services

“The available evidence indicates that the proportion of litigants appearing before the civil and family courts without legal representation…has increased since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) took many civil and private law children and family cases out of scope for legal aid from 1 April 2013.” This is the…

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Save migrants’ lives in the Med

Owen Tudor

23 Apr 2015, by in International

The TUC has joined the international chorus calling for the European Union to restore the funding needed for initiatives like ‘Mare Nostrum’ to protect the lives of refugees and migrants attempting the dangerous Mediterranean crossing. Ahead of the emergency leaders’ summit today, Frances O’Grady wrote directly to Prime Minister David Cameron, urging him to back…

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Mortgage approvals down 16 per cent on last year.

Paul Sellers

22 Apr 2015, by in Uncategorized

The Council of Mortgage Lenders have released figures for February 2015.  Its bad news for would-be home-owners as the number of mortgages approved continues to decline (see CML chart below). The latest figure of 40,600 approvals is 1 per cent lower than January but a whopping 16 per cent lower than Februarys 2014. First-time buyers are being  locked out of the…

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Infrastructure spending: BBC and now FT coming out in favour – the politicians from the 3 main parties next?

Geoff Tily

20 Apr 2015, by in Economics

The TUC has long championed increases in infrastructure spending, but the government has instead cut severely this vital expenditure. In an editorial in the weekend edition, the Financial Times took a big step in our direction. The shifting view was set in the context of the so-called secular stagnation debate, which is ongoing in the…

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Labour: 1m green jobs in climate change plan

Philip Pearson

20 Apr 2015, by in Environment

At the heart of Labour’ Green Plan for the next parliament is a transformative industrial strategy to create a million high productivity green jobs through investment in renewable energy, home insulation retrofits, zero carbon homes, community energy projects, carbon capture & storage, new nuclear power and flood defences. The ONS says the UK’s environmental industries…

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