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Chancellor is giving with one hand and taking with other, says TUC

Responding to yesterday’s (Wednesday) Budget Statement, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: 

“The Chancellor is giving with one hand and taking away with the other. Massive cuts in support for working people will hit families with children hardest.

“The Chancellor has finally woken up to the fact that Britain needs a pay rise. The TUC has long campaigned for the minimum wage to rise faster and the Chancellor has listened to us at last.

“For young people, it was all bad news as they will not get the minimum wage boost and will suffer from cuts to higher education grants and housing benefit. And it was not a one-nation budget for public sector workers who will face years more of cuts to real wages.

”Massive tax cuts for the wealthiest show the Conservatives are still the party of the inheritors, rather than the workers.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Contacts:

Media enquiries:
Tim Nichols  T: 020 7467 1388  M: 07808 761844  E: tnichols@tuc.org.uk
Alex Rossiter  T: 020 7467 1285  M: 07887 572130  E: arossiter@tuc.org.uk
Clare Santry  T: 020 7467 1372  M: 07717 531150  E: csantry@tuc.org.uk
Elly Gibson (Mon to Wed)  T: 020 7467 1337  M: 07900 910624  E: egibson@tuc.org.uk
Kay Atwal (Thur and Fri)  T: 020 7467 1385  M: 07941 547469  E: katwal@tuc.org.uk

 

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