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Cost of Living

The rising cost of every day essentials such as food and clothes, piled on top of the sky-high prices of electricity, gas and transport. Now with interest rates also rising, pushing mortgage payments up and up, the cumulative effect on working people in Britain is taking its toll.

In our latest cost of living survey of thousands of our members:
  • A staggering 81.5% of members say they feel worse off now than they did 12 months ago, higher than 77% in 2022 and 39% in 2021.
  • 76% are not able to afford to take sick leave, 61% identify getting ill as a key concern.
  • 70% say their children are missing out.
Tackling cost of living issues is a key priority for the Union. We’re campaigning for an increase in minimum wage rates and stronger employment rights as part of a New Deal for Workers.

Implementing short-term measures to alleviate the crisis, in conjunction with a new deal for workers, will tackle rising costs and spiralling in-work poverty. 

If you’re worried about money, there is a range of advice and support services available, including debt advice and access to benefits and grants.


Maternity Action: Maternity Leave Survey

Have you been on maternity leave at any point between January 2023 and the present day? Could you spend 5 minutes completing a survey about the financial impact this has had on you and your family as the cost of living crisis bites deeper?

Your feedback will support the national charity Maternity Action's work campaigning and lobbying Government for better maternity pay and benefits for pregnant women and new mothers and their families.

Take the survey >>


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