Thursday, 30 May 2013

The Tories are failing to help families

The Tory-led Government help squeezed households facing a cost of living crisis. Last week it was revealed that

Thousands of hard-working families in Haslingden and Hyndburn are under enormous pressure from rising prices, a flatlining economy and sky-high utility bills with many of them struggling to make ends meet.

Since the Government came to power in 2010 energy bills have soared by over £300, rail tickets for commuters have gone up by as much as 9.2 per cent and housebuilding is now at the lowest since the 1920s.

But in a debate on the Queen’s Speech in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Labour Mp's voted to demand the Government change course and help hard-pressed families struggling with the rising cost of living.

I voted to force the Government to introduce measures and policies that will make a real difference to the lives of people in Haslingden and Hyndburn who are struggling to make ends meet at the moment.

The economy has flatlined for two and a half years, real wages are down £1,700 since 2010 and energy bills have risen by over £300.

But in David Cameron’s Britain millions are forced to pay more for this government’s economic failure through cuts to tax credits, child benefit, maternity pay and the bedroom tax, while 13,000 millionaires get an average £100,000 tax cut.

We need real action to get people back into work, to get more affordable homes built, to tackle rising energy bills and to tackle the growing cost of getting to work.

People in Haslingden and Hyndburn, who get up early, work hard and do the right thing, are feeling the squeeze like never before - it’s time the Government took real action to stop their living standards falling any further.