Friday, 18 October 2013

TRAIN COMPANIES HIT PASSENGERS WITH INFLATION-BUSTING FARE INCREASES

This week’s announcement by the Government on rail fares will do little to impress ordinary commuters who pay through the nose while train company profits are allowed to soar.

Over the last three years, David Cameron has failed to stand up for working people, allowing train companies to hit passengers with inflation-busting fare rises of up to 9 per cent. Far from addressing this failure, his plans for rail fares are too little too late and will still deliver fare increases of up to 6 per cent.

Labour would go much further, preventing train companies from increasing fares beyond one per cent above inflation.

Under David Cameron, we have a cost of living crisis. Prices have gone up faster than wages in 38 of the 39 months that he has been Prime Minister – and working people are almost £1,500 a year worse off.

I know he thinks things are getting better and maybe they are for him and a few at the top. But for most ordinary families things are incredibly tough.

David Cameron must get serious about tackling this cost of living crisis, and show that he understands the concerns of ordinary families and businesses. Labour will tackle the crisis with plans to address rail fares and energy prices, as well as tax cuts and more help with childcare for ordinary working people.

Ed Miliband gets it. But I’m afraid David Cameron is simply out of touch.