1. The deficit is falling – but more slowly than the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast in December. This year’s deficit is forecast to be 7.4%. Overall national debt is rising – and more quickly than the OBR forecast in December. Debt will be 75.9% of GDP this year. Growth will be 0.6% this year – down from the OBR’s previous forecast of 1.2%.
The battle against the government’s attacks on the poorest people in Britain is gathering pace. Around 200 tenants, trade unionists and campaigners from all over the country gathered last Saturday for a benefits justice summit in London.
NHS staff face "another year of financial hardship", unions have said, after the government announced that the majority of health service workers would receive a 1% pay rise from next month. The rise – less than half the current CPI inflation rate of 2.7% – means staff are in effect having their pay cut following two years of pay freezes, unions said.
Employers need to create 850,000 extra jobs to reach the pre-recession peak, according to an in-depth report that undermines claims the jobs market has defied the recession. GMB Trade Union is concerned that a Manufacturing slump has sent sterling to a 3 year low.
The work and pensions secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has announced a partial U-turn on the government's controversial bedroom tax, exempting carers and armed forces personnel who live at home.
Understanding women’s oppression as a product of class society is crucial if we are to defeat it, says Judith Orr
Councillors have approved £28m of spending cuts at a crunch meeting – with children’s centres and parks among services to be hit.
Employers said the decision was an “important step”, which included the introduction of locally-negotiated performance pay.
Pilkington Glass has written to members of the PSS on the 15 February 2013, confirming that the Company intends to freeze employees' salaries by 30 April 2013 for the purpose of pensionable pay.
Members of the GMB Trade-Union in the Bradford district are to be consulted over an offer to increase Council workers’ wages following a three year pay freeze.