Saturday, 15 December 2012

Osborne’s 'strivers tax' on working people

David Cameron and George Osborne have tried to claim their new cuts announced in the Autumn Statement were aimed at the ‘shirkers’ and ‘scroungers’.

But the truth is that six out of ten people hit by these cuts are people who get up every morning and go to work. The factory worker on the night shift, the carer who looks after elderly people around the clock and the new mum who will lose her maternity pay. These are people David Cameron and George Osborne never meet and whose lives they will never understand.

The people that are losing out here aren’t skivers; they’re strivers. It’s hard-working people, trying to do the right thing, who are paying the price for the Tories’ economic failures.

Long-term unemployment is worryingly high because this government has failed to kick-start the economy and its Work Programme is failing. More people out of work means the dole bill is rising and fewer people in work paying fewer taxes means less revenue for the government who are having to borrow £212 billion more than they expected. Yet David Cameron and George Osborne are making hard working people pay the price of their failure.

I think working families in Hyndburn who are feeling the pinch will be angry by changes in the Autumn Statement which will leave single earner working families £534 worse off, particularly when this out of touch Government is giving a tax cut to millionaires worth an average of £107,000. We need a proper plan for jobs and serious and a plan to get welfare spending down that’s fair to working people. However they try to spin in they can’t hide the truth - they're cutting taxes for millionaires while millions are struggling to make ends meet. This is an out of touch Government making the wrong choices and standing up for the wrong people.

If you’re working hard, but still finding it tough to make ends meet you have a right to ask why you should pay the price for tory failure. Let me know your story and I’ll make sure George Osborne hears it too.

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