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Overwhelming focus on reducing the deficit is a huge mistake, says TUC

Responding to the Queen’s Speech announced today (Tuesday), TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: -The Speech contains important issues to welcome, restoring the state pension link with earnings, cracking down on high-risk activities in the City, and an extra push on green energy.

-Extending flexible working rights to all employees and further action to close the pay gap could also bring positive changes to UK workplaces.

-But plans to scrap important initiatives to get young people into work, abolish key public bodies and throw public sector workers on the dole will only worsen the fragile economic situation.

-The Government’s overwhelming focus on reducing the deficit, when ministers should be concentrating on restoring growth and halting rising unemployment, is a huge mistake.

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