1 in 7 workers (14%) in the North are skipping meals to make ends meet, according to new TUC poll. The union says the study highlights the impact of stagnant wages. The poll also reveals that 1 in 5 (19%) workers have left the heating off when it was cold to save on energy bills. And 1 in 6 (18%) have pawned something in the last year because they were short on money.
TUC research has shown that real wages in the UK have fallen, while they rose across Europe. The union's analysis revealed that shrinking pay packets are forcing workers to take on more personal debt.