Brendan Barber warns the economy is being run into the ground by ministers who do not understand ordinary people’s living standards

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The cost of living is rising almost three times faster than wages, the TUC said today after the publication of the latest inflationfigures that showed RPI inflation increased to 5.6 per cent and CPI increased to 5.2 per cent.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “The cost of living is now rising three times faster than wages – squeezing people’s living standards even tighter. But instead of standing up for hard-pressed families, the government is making things worse by hiking VAT and cutting vital tax credits.

“Ministers must do all they can to promote a plan B based on jobs and decent wages. We cannot build a sustainable economic recovery on the back of people getting poorer.

“Today’s figures also confirm that the government’s CPI stealth cut will reduce the value of benefits and pensions by 0.4 per cent next year. This cut could slash public sector pensions, as well as many in the private sector, by nearly 30 per cent over the next three decades, and send many more people into poverty in retirement.”

 


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