The Government's mission to turn round the plight of the British economy is working "slowly but surely" according to Treasury aides.
Labour's trade uinion paymasters should remember it is Labour's economic mess that has hit living standards. Despite this, our plan is slowly but surely working - the economy is growing, the deficit is falling and jobs are being created - that's the only sustainable way to raise living standards.
As we deal with Labour's deficit, we are also taking steps to help hard-working families along the way, such as cutting income tax for 25 million people; freezing fuel duty and council tax; and providing tax-free childcare.
But Labour's alternative of more borrowing and more debt would mean higher taxes and higher mortgage rates - making hard-working people worse off.
The Government's economic plan has got all sectors of the economy growing, the deficit falling and jobs being created. This is the only sustainable way to raise living standards for hardworking families.
The Government appreciates that times are tough, and has taken continued action to help families with the cost of living, including cutting tax for 25 million people and taking 2.7 million people out of income tax altogether by 2014; freezing fuel duty so that petrol prices are 13p per litre below where they would otherwise have been; and providing working families with support for the costs of childcare.
Trades Union Congress (TUC) general secretary Frances O'Grady will tell a conference today that the Government are "desperately short of solutions" in dealing with the cost of living crisis in Britain.
The Government has belatedly woken up to our cost of living crisis. But ministers are desperately short of solutions because they're still not prepared to challenge the 'market knows best' ideology that has somehow survived the biggest global crash since the 1930s.
– Trades Union Congress (TUC) general secretary Frances O'Grady
The economic recovery has passed most people by, with households being excluded from the benefits of growth, a union leader will warn today.
Trades Union Congress (TUC) general secretary Frances O'Grady will tell a conference that the economy has grown by £60 billion in the last four years, but real household disposable incomes have increased by only £1 billion.
Once population growth is taken into account, disposable incomes have fallen by almost £500 per person, she will tell the annual conference of the Centre for Labour and Social Studies think tank.
O'Grady will say: "The historic link between economic growth and rising incomes has been broken under this Government. Households are being excluded from the benefits of growth. Unless this changes, the recovery will be meaningless to the vast majority of people across Britain."
Three times more young women are employed in low paid, low skilled jobs than 20 years ago, according to a new study by the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
The TUC said the proportion of 16 to 24-year-old women in jobs such as office and hotel cleaning has increased from 7% to 21%, while the figure for young men has increased from 14% to 25%.
The research also showed that gender plays a huge part in career choice, with only 1% of women working in skilled trades compared with a fifth of young men. Four times as many young women worked in occupations such as hairdressing, leisure and travel, said the report.
Up to 50,000 people are marching through Manchester to demonstrate against austerity cuts on the opening of the Conservative Party Conference.
Police said the union protest was now a mile long as it snaked through the city centre, bound for a rally where union leaders will deliver a series of speeches condemning the impact of Government policies on jobs.
The marchers are also protesting against the "rapid sell-off" of the most lucrative parts of the NHS to private healthcare companies and spending cuts across the health service.