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Workers skip meals to make ends meet

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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.

Workers who said they would be unable to pay an unexpected bill of £500

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.

Unsecured debt per household in 2016.

Working families are on a financial cliff edge. Pay packets are worth less and less, but bills keep rising, and personal debt is at crisis levels.

The government’s inaction must not last. Ministers can raise wages by scrapping public sector pay restrictions, investing to create great jobs across the country, and increasing the minimum wage.

– Lyn Collins, TUC Regional Secretary, North West