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TUC: Osborne's Budget 'highly political' and 'short-term'

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady slammed the Chancellor's Budget as "highly political" and "short-term".

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Ms O'Grady said, “The best news for the long-term health of the economy is the genuine help for manufacturing, but it was the exception in this highly political short-term Budget that continued the Chancellor’s project to shrink the state and help the rich.”

Government economic plan working 'slowly but surely'

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.

– Treasury aides

Treasury defends government economic plans

The Treasury has defended the Government's economic plan and declared that the UK is moving in the right direction, following criticism from the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

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.

– Treasury spokesman


Gov't 'short of solutions' to resolve cost of living crisis

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

TUC: 'Most people excluded' from economic recovery

New TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady is due to address a conference later today. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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."

Union boss: 'No one can say the parties are all the same'

New TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said Ed Miliband's speech was a "defining moment" for the Labour leader. Credit: PA

TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "This was a defining speech that rightly focused on the living standards crisis and went on to offer hope.

"At its heart was a clear break from the view that Britain succeeds by reducing the rights, pay and prospects of people at work.

"More importantly, the clear pledges made today and during the rest of this week showed that there will be a real choice at the next election - no one can now say that the parties are all the same."