3 January: The Independent reported that the boss of the TUC has warned that the unemployment figures mask a rise in under-employment, with many more people taking low-paid or part-time work despite looking for longer hours or better paid employment.
Frances O’Grady also criticised the lack of investment from the government. “It means we need real public investment in our transport system, our energy infrastructure system,” she said. “While the Government did announce another £5bn, that was a net loss of £15bn because it cut investment in our infrastructure system. Those are false economies for the long-term growth of the economy”