TUC: Bold response needed from the government on employment
The Trades Union Congress (TUC) has said that the government needs to issue a "bold policy response" to help prevent further unemployment in the UK.
Nicola Smith, senior policy officer for economic and social affairs at the TUC, claimed that although the UK is going into recession and the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better, steps can be taken which will mean that unemployment is not a long-term problem.
"We could have a shorter and shallower recession if the government takes the measures that are necessary," she said.
She also revealed that the TUC believes an increase in jobseekers allowance is necessary, along with tax cuts for low and middle income earners, as detailed in the TUC's pre-budget report.
The TUC is also backing plans for increased unemployment benefits and statutory redundancy pay, a certain amount of which should be permitted to be taken tax-free, it says.