Barber also warns of dangers of freezing benefits


Inflation isn’t falling fast enough, according to the TUC.

Responding to the news the annual rate of CPI inflation fell to 2.5% in August from 2.6% the month before and the (RPI) inflation fell to 2.9% from 3.2%, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: “Inflation is not falling fast enough, particularly as wage growth is so anaemic.

“Real wages have been shrinking for nearly four years now and the prospect of an ease in living standards any time soon looks remote.

“Worse news lies ahead for low-paid workers if the government decides to freeze benefits. The combination of low wage growth, higher indirect taxes, in-work benefit freezes and tax credit cuts add up to an unprecedented attack on the living standards of low-paid workers and their families.”

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