From the TUC

#Budget2017: Self-employment tax changes

Kate Bell

08 Mar 2017, by in Economics

Increases in taxation of self-employment may raise more money for the exchequer but will do little to clamp down on bad employers who force staff into bogus self-employment to lower their tax bill Today’s standout Budget measure was the increase in the tax paid by the self-employed, with the rate of the Class 4 National…




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#Budget2017: Zero out of four

Geoff Tily

08 Mar 2017, by in Economics

Yesterday we set the Chancellor four tests for whether his Budget would deliver for working people. Today we have no good news to report. This wasn’t a budget for living standards, it didn’t give the British economy the investment it needs to see us through the uncertainty of Brexit, and public services remain under severe…




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#Budget2017: Pensions freedom liberates cash straight into the Treasury

Tim Sharp

08 Mar 2017, by in Pensions & Investment

Paperwork released with the Budget has revealed what an astonishing short-term money spinner so-called “pensions freedom” has been for the Treasury – and hinted at what a disaster it might prove for our ability to provide for old age. Originally announced in Budget 2014, pensions freedom allows those savers with defined contribution pensions to withdraw…




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New institutions needed to address concerns about migration

Owen Tudor

08 Mar 2017, by in Labour market

The Government has decided that ‘taking back control’ of the UK’s borders is more important than anything else, more important in particular than working people’s jobs and living standards. Even if immigration numbers don’t actually come down as a result, the Government is prepared to abandon membership of the EU single market and customs union, even though that…




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International Women’s Day: 50-50 by 2030

Tanya Warlock

07 Mar 2017, by in International

Today (8 March) is International Women’s Day (#IWD2017) and the UN’s chosen theme for this year focusses on ‘Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030’. This theme chimes well with the values of the TUC and our sister trade unions around the world who will be joining the global union call…




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