From the TUC

A workplace savings strategy is a good idea – but tread carefully

Tim Sharp

03 Jul 2015, by in Pensions & Investment

New Pensions Minister Ros Altmann has caused a stir with the publication this week of her pre-Election musings about the possible desirability of extending workplace savings beyond pensions. This is a useful and important development because a strategy to improve short and medium term savings could bolster long-term savings as well as help people develop greater…

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New MoJ figures reveal assault on access to justice, as spending cuts caused huge drop in legal aid work

Philip Hadley

03 Jul 2015, by in Public services

The implementation of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) has resulted in “large reductions in legal help workload and expenditure”, reveal new Ministry of Justice (MoJ) statistics. The statistics reveal that government reforms and spending cuts have led directly to a large reduction in civil legal aid workload (in both…

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Could CDC hatch from NEST?

Tim Sharp

02 Jul 2015, by in Pensions & Investment

Legislation paving the way for new-style collective pensions was one of several achievements in Steve Webb’s tenure as the Coalition government’s Pensions Minister. Collective Defined Contribution (CDC) pensions are a mainstay of the Dutch pensions system and have been used in other countries such as Canada. They offer a potential means of reforming the increasingly individualised UK pensions system by…

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#TTIP news: 10 reasons why the latest #ISDS compromise is a bad deal

Owen Tudor

02 Jul 2015, by in International

Yesterday the Socialists & Democrats Group in the European Parliament voted 56-34 to endorse a compromise amendment to the Parliament’s draft resolution on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP, the EU-US trade deal), covering the controversial issue of Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). The compromise was opposed by UK Labour MEPs, and has dismayed Green and…

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Congratulations to Heathrow – now become a Living Wage employer

Tim Page

01 Jul 2015, by in Economics

This morning, the TUC has welcomed the recommendation from the Airports Commission calling for additional runway capacity at Heathrow. We have long been on record as supporting airport expansion. As the voice of Britain at work, the TUC seeks the creation of successful businesses, economic growth and quality jobs. The economic case for airport expansion…

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