There are fresh calls for an emergency budget to help workers, after basic pay fell further behind inflation.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady says millions of working families are at breaking point:
“The government is missing in action at the worst possible time.
“Ministers must stop dithering and come back to parliament with an Emergency Budget.
“We urgently need a windfall tax on oil and gas companies to help fund energy grants for struggling households.
“And we need a proper boost to Universal Credit and the minimum wage to get money back into people’s pockets, and to inject much-needed demand into our economy.”