From the TUC

Worker board representation must mean what it says on the tin

Janet Williamson

29 Nov 2016, by in Economics

The government’s Green Paper on corporate governance is expected today (Tuesday 29th November) and should include the government’s proposals for putting into practice the Prime Minister’s repeated commitment to have workers represented on company boards. As I blogged last week, there are three key tests by which the TUC will judge the government’s proposals for putting…

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This is still austerity, but not as we knew it

Geoff Tily

25 Nov 2016, by in Economics

There were welcome signs in the 2016 Autumn Statement that the Chancellor has learned from his predecessor’s mistakes. The OBR forecast greatly increased borrowing (around £120bn more over 5 years) because they see uncertainties around the referendum meaning a weaker economy especially over the coming three years. But the government took the extra borrowing on…

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The Child Maintenance Service is changing and it matters

Emma Yorke

24 Nov 2016, by in Society & Welfare

At single parents’ charity Gingerbread, we’re campaigning to ensure the Child Maintenance Service (CMS) is fit for purpose for the UK’s two million single parent families. Launched in September 2016, our campaign Maintenance Matters calls for a fairer charging system and zero-tolerance on non-payment of child maintenance. Today, there are 3.1 million children from single…

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Universal Credit changes in Autumn Statement 2016 won’t make up for cuts that hit families and low-paid workers

Richard Exell

23 Nov 2016, by in Society & Welfare

The Chancellor’s announcement of a small cut in the Universal Credit taper rate goes nowhere near making up for the cuts his predecessor announced in July 2015, which will leave many low-paid working families hundreds – even thousands – of pounds worse off a year. As the End Child Poverty (*) coalition put it, today’s…

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Productivity and the 2016 Autumn Statement: an antidote to Brexit?

Tim Page

23 Nov 2016, by in Economics

Philip Hammond committed to raising productivity in today’s Autumn Statement. A National Productivity Investment Fund worth £23bn will focus on infrastructure, including digital communications, and research and development. £23bn sounds like a lot of money; as Geoff has blogged elsewhere, it is actually less than it sounds, but it is a step in the right…

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