TUC welcomes chance for councils to build more homes

Welcoming today's (Wednesday) Government announcement that it is to consult over giving local authorities greater freedom to build new homes, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “With 1.6 million people currently on the waiting list for a council house, there's a need now more than ever for councils to be given a greater role in providing social housing. The economic downturn means fewer private housing developments are going up around the country, which will in turn mean less social housing gets built.

TUC on the latest unemployment figures

Commenting on the official figures published today (Wednesday) which show that unemployment increased to 1.92 million between September and November last year, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “There is no disguising how bad today's employment figures are. Compared with last month's figures unemployment is up, employment is down, the number of redundancies is up and the number of job vacancies is down.